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Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
51Trip End Mar 27, 2010
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We’re relying pretty heavily on our GPS with which Keara has become quite proficient earning her the title of GPS Queen. Another stop we made with the help of said GPS was at an organic market north of Seaside. We were going south so it made sense to stop north of our destination – or so you would think. It turns out that we were going to approach from the East so it was rather out of the way to head north to get there. Oh well. We got to drive across the Astoria Bridge, between WA & OR at the WIDE mouth of the Columbia River, twice
US 101 is the Oregon Coast Highway. It is neither straight nor fast. In fact it passes by many small farms including one that had a hand-painted sandwich board out front advertising FARM FRESH EGGS. So we pulled in, knocked on the back door (clearly nobody used the front door of this house) and within minutes were back on our way with a dozen eggs. Using those and the cheese from Tillamook Creamery as well as whole grain English muffins we got at Franz’s bread outlet in East Astoria, Jeff made egg mcmuffins for Christmas breakfast… OMG these are the BEST eggs I’ve ever tasted!!!
Adam was quite intent on getting the stockings hung with care as soon as we arrived at our Christmas accommodations. Worldmark properties are consistently decorated with artificial plants - some are quite large – so we placed our tiny collection of presents under a large silk dieffenbachia near the fireplace. We were sure to put out cookies and milk as well as carrots for the reindeer… all were gone in the morning. The stockings were significantly less 'limp’ looking than the night before - all except for Jeff’s which looked as though it may only yield a lump of coal – but turned out to be chocolate, cash, and scratch n’wins.
With each new accommodation (so far there have been 4) there are new hide & seek possibilities which keeps the fighting to a minimum - between the kids, I mean :).