"If only I had pants."

Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
Trip End Mar 27, 2010

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The Lodge at Clear Lake

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

For Boxing Day, we drove to the Sea Lion Cave (near Florence, OR). All told, after our $48 admission, I wouldn't really recommend this.  It is the world’s largest sea cave and is home to HUNDREDS of sea lions in the winter.  When they’re not in the cave, they can be seen just off shore surfing (literally) en masse.  The group we saw must have been made up of 100 or more.  At first glance, they looked like a kelp bed.  There are also hundreds of cormorants that make their winter home there too.  Did you know that in Japan, a type of cormorant can be 'trained’ to fish (while on a LEASH) and turn over their booty to their trainers?

On the way back to Newport, we stopped at Beaver Creek for a pic-nic lunch.  The kids climbed trees and played hide and seek – until Adam knelt down in dog poop.  So we had him strip his pants and started the drive back.  As we passed Walmart (Adam’s favourite store) with his Christmas money in hand, Adam yelled, "WALMART!... Awww, if only I had pants."

That night during our school session, when Nicky was asked to fill in one of the ‘worksheets’ that I had prepared (a bit like a structured journal entry), he declared, “But I didn’t learn anything today.”

I’ve developped a win/win way to deal with Jeff’s back-seat driving.  Well, it’s win/win for me anyway.  Whenever he back-seat drives, he has to pay me $1.  So far I’m only up $4 so I think it’s working.

One of the mandates of our trip is to NOT purchase any bottled water.  We’ve brought along a Katadyne water purifier and it is our intention to purify the Mexican tapwater  - we’ll see how much we stick to our guns when the first case of the runs kicks in.  But in the meantime, we’ve been filling up our water bottles each night.  So far, the water has been pretty good – in Newport it tasted great until the after-taste, then it tasted like it had been used to rinse corn-on-the-cob.

We enjoyed our cheese from Tillimook so much (I think this is even the third time I am mentioning it in this blog) that when we saw a sign on I-5 for “Rogue Creamery – handmade cheeses” we pulled off.  We’ve already completely blown our cheese budget for this trip.  We’re addicted to fresh curds.
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Grannie on

I'm sure the kids are going to be learning all sorts of things without realizing it -- like that cormorants can be trained to fish, and the Golden Gate is only a toll road one way.

Heidi on

Good for you in avoiding buying bottled water. Very admirable.
Funny about the dog poop - also, I know you packed very lightly, so I'm wondering if those were Adam's only pair of pants!

roadtrip2010 on

Actually, he was wearing his new pants that we bough in Everett because all he had were jeans with holes in the knees.... which I'm glad he wasn't wearing when he kneeled in the poop.

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