I’m playing catch up here. We had a lovely weekend, and I didn’t bring my computer (purposely). Scott had a whole day and a half off. As busy as he’s been lately, that is what we consider a long weekend, so of course we had to take advantage of it. Saturday afternoon, we packed the girls into the car for an impromptu road trip.
She must have known we were going somewhere exciting!
Crescent City, California, here we come. Now before you continue reading, I should warn you about a problem I am having. I have too many good photos. Yes, it’s a great problem to have. However, I am about to be that mommy AGAIN. You know, the one who finds it necessary to post a gazillion pics of her children? The one for whom the word gazillion was coined just to describe her over-abundance of pictures. I confess, that is me. But here’s the thing… I am not posting every single picture. In fact for every one I include, I have weeded out at least ten… ten good ones at that. My point is this, if you think I have too many pictures, please realize I have done my best to cut the number down. And for those of you who would like to see more (Mother), there’s always Facebook, Instagram (follow me), and I’ll be coming to see you soon. (That last option only applies to my parents. I promise not show up at any one else’s house, all creeper-like with more photos). It was just such a great trip with so much to see, I couldn’t help becoming the mad photographer (it’s in my genes). Here goes!
From here (Medford, Oregon), to Crescent City, CA, it is about a two hour drive. That’s a long time for a three-year old and a one-year old to sit still(ish) in a car, so we stopped to play in a river along the way.
Not a bad rest stop
It was a pretty steep path down to the water. We slipped and slid our way down helping each other as we went. It was worth the effort when we got down to the water.
Playing in the icy water
Convincing the girls that this was just a stop on the way to somewhere even better was no easy task. They wanted to stay. I was happy we stopped, but excited to get to the beach.
From the first glimpse of Crescent City, it was breathtaking…
Our first view of Crescent City’s rocky shoreline
…Breathtaking and cold!
It’s warmer inside Daddy’s jacket
We did brave the weather long enough to
walk on the beach climb everything in sight for a little while.
By the time we were ready to get some dinner and call it a night, we were all shivering. Isla, was shaking so much she could barely get out the words, “But I’m not cooooold! I don’t wanna leave!” We promised her a lot more beach time after some food and a good night’s sleep.
In the morning, the first order of business was to get warmer clothes. I’d only packed sundresses. We were going to the beach after all. It’s sundress warm in Medford. Of course the beach would be as warm or warmer, right? Wrong! As cold as it was, Walmart had almost nothing with long sleeves. Finally we found some way too big, t-shirts for the girls, hats, and flip flops (those rocks can hurt bare feet), and we were ready for a day of fun.
The tide was low, so we walked up to that lighthouse behind the girls for a tour. It was totally worth the $6 suggested donation (for all four of us). The history was fascinating and the view beautiful!
Enjoying the View
Hey look! It’s proof I exist!
We spent the rest of the day just playing and exploring. Of course that’s always the girls’ favorite! Mine too. And they learn so much that way. Me too, Actually. Did you know starfish, as slow as they are, can be predators? They get on top of their prey (clams, snails, other mollusks, etc.), wrap themselves around it, and crush then eat it. Their stomachs actually come out of them, eat the food, then go back in. Weird right? I didn’t know any of that, until after this trip.
This one was in the process of eating that snail. The snail lived to…um… do whatever snails do, another day. Sorry Mr. Starfish.
Playing = Learning
A few more pictures…
Giant driftwood makes a nice bench
Sitting pretty for a picture
Enough pictures already! Get me off of here!
It was a wonderful weekend! I want to do it again. I would highly recommend a trip to Crescent City Beach if you ever have a chance.
Has anyone been to Crescent City, CA?
Tell me about a happy day that you remember (either with your children or one from your own childhood).
Do you ever do impromptu trips or are you more into planning ahead?