I had to work, but Julie, Jacob, and Matthew spent most of Friday in Lincoln City, the closest coastal town to our home in Sherwood. The summer is ticking away, and Julie realized she had not yet taken the time to spend a day playing in the sand and surf. The Oregon coast is a special place unlike most in the world - it isn't a place to swim or sunbathe since the water is mostly too cold and warm sunny days are few and far between. It is a place to play and gaze at the scenic landscapes. Jacob and Matthew mostly enjoy digging in the sand, building walls, castles, moats, and burying each other. We recommend avoiding the beaches on the main highway 101 drag in Lincoln City - they tend to be overcrowded and a bit dirty. Instead head north of town, past the casino, to Road's End State Recreation Site. Of course you'll need to eat some seafood as well - your best bet is the Dory Cove Restaurant, also at Road's End. Your best bets are the clam chowder and the battered halibut.
We started our 8+ hour of driving per day final stretch from Arizona to Florida this morning, but slipped in a visit to Kartchner Caverns near Tucson.
Our time in Napa is coming to a close. With everyone enjoying a vacation day we took a hike up the Oat Hill Mine Trail.
We are enjoying a large but not too large family gathering in Napa.
I’ve been primarily a read-only user of Twitter for the past few years. With the recent excitement on the bird site, I renewed my exploration of Mastodon.