Vacation Fitness

Christmas at the Beach

Over the weekend our family had a nice little getaway. My family is pretty big (on my mom’s side) and we used to do a summer camp out party and then a Christmas party every year. This year my cousin Di organized and coordinated a fantastic new Christmas party!

She found a giant house on the beach in Rockaway, OR. It was a giant house, big enough for the majority of people to stay there. I think there was something like 4 or 5 bedrooms (several rooms had bunk beds) so tons of people could sleep there.

We decided to rent a house in Rockaway with my parents. Our house that we rented was on the north side of town, the other house was south but it was literally 7 minutes to drive to the party, so no big deal.

You can see pictures of the vacation house we rented on my Instagram. It was really cute! It was big with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, the garage was converted to another bedroom/playroom. There was a fenced yard for Bella (fabulous) with a fire pit and picnic bench. The decor was super cute and kind of modern/retro. Check out the photos I took.

Plus, there was a GIANT closet stuffed full of toys for kids of any ages! Logan had SO much fun playing with the toys. What a great surprise!

Our house was one block from the beach, too! We had easy access to the beach. The weather was perfect this week–sunny and not windy and fairly warm. It was in the 30’s in the mornings, though!

We all arrived at the house Friday afternoon and then went for a walk on the beach. It was gorgeous and we basically had the beach all to ourselves.

After Logan went to bed, my Dad and Michael went to pick up pizza and Caesar salad for dinner and the four of us had pizza (Michael and I had beer from Buoy) and we played card games. It was so much fun!

Saturday morning my parents played with Logan and Michael and I went for a run. It was a very cool, cold morning but the sun was out and we warmed up pretty quickly. The sun felt nice! We ran around the neighborhood and by the beach. I ended up running around 2.75 miles. Then while Michael was making his famous mac n’ cheese for the potluck, my dad and I went for a long walk on the beach while Logan napped.

Bella was LOVING the beach! I have some cute videos on my Instagram if you want to see.

After lunch on Saturday we packed up the stuff we needed for the party and went down to the party house.

Here is a video of the BIG house everyone else was staying in! It was huge and right on the beach! It had a hot tub and a fabulous view. Lots of room for a big group.

How nice is that deck?! What a cool place to stay in the summer time. The party was fun. My cousin brought her 14 month old twins so Logan had a BLAST playing with his little cousins! It was so cute!

Logan is all about giving high-5’s and fist bumps. 😀

Logan did so good. There were a LOT of people (30? ish?) and he was a bit shy and unsure at first but he warmed up and had so much fun. It was so cool to see him spending time with family we don’t get to see often.

How cute (and hilarious) is the below photo?! HAHA

There was a potluck dinner. After dinner my dad and I took Logan back to the house we rented because he was fading fast. My dad stayed with the baby and I went back to the party for the white elephant gift exchange.

This is the gift I brought for the gift exchange. 😀

Have to say, the sweater might be the best gift!

Then a bunch of us went down to the beach for a bonfire. Nothing better than that!

The next morning we had breakfast and packed and then went for one last walk on the empty beach.

I didn’t want to leave. I love the beach. We checked out of the house and headed home. Rockaway is about 2 hours from Portland. Logan slept for a good chunk of it, which was nice.

Home to unpack and I went swimming. It was a great weekend!

Manzanita and Ecola State Park

We were up early Sunday with Logan. He was sleeping in the pack n’play at the foot of the bed in the room we were staying in. It was kinda funny because he’d wake up and see us and then start laughing and jumping up and down. Better than crying!

Michael made a big breakfast (which ended up being a good idea because we skipped lunch!) and then we took Logan down to the beach one last time before getting cleaned up and packing everything.

It was a little gray but not cold. We left him in his PJs for the beach excursion. 😉 We had fun, but it was a short visit because it was getting close to nap time. He didn’t really want to play or run around as much as he did the day before. So back to the house for his bath and nap time.

He ended up taking a fairly long nap so Michael and I got to get in a little nap, too! Just what we needed, too. We were both pretty tired. After that we packed up and said our goodbyes to our friends and then headed out to a hike.

Like I said, breakfast had been pretty big, so neither of us thought to pack lunch. We drove up 101 and went to Cannon Beach where we planned on doing a hike in Ecola State Park. The drive into the park was really pretty, on a narrow, winding road in the forest.

Then we got towards the top and there was a super long line to get into the park. There was one toll booth and it took at least 20 minutes to get through the line and into the park. We were told Indian Beach parking lot (where the hike was we planned on doing) was full and there was at least a 30 minute wait to get into that lot, so we went to the other one–where there was tons of parking.

It was kind of frustrating, honestly. It soured me a little bit to the park and I was tempted to say screw it, let’s just leave. But right by the bathrooms I saw another trailhead so we ended up doing this hike!

And it turned out to be a really pretty, nice hike! It started out through the forest, up some stairs, and then along the road to the other trail and back in the forest. It was pretty high up in elevation and there were some very stunning views (and frightening cliffs).

Then the trail left the cliffside and went back into the forest. It was really nice and peaceful, but fairly crowded. Lots of hikers on the trail. The trail was steep and narrow, just like the sign said.

We were doing down a lot of switchbacks that were pretty steep. Then we got to a fork in the trail. We continued down to Crescent Beach. And it was a great hike! What a payoff at the end!

As we hiked down through the forest, we got glimpses of the ocean and rocks and beach below. We continued on the switchbacks and then got to some stairs that led down to the beach.

You can’t tell by the photos, but it was actually pretty sunny and warm out. The skies were slightly gray with lots of blue poking through. It would have been a great place to stop and have a picnic lunch (had we brought one!)

It was getting pretty late in the day. We decided to hike back up instead of spending time on the beach (maybe next time we’ll be more prepared) so we hiked back up the very steep trail!

It wasn’t a super long hike. We did about 2.5 miles total, I burned 386 calories. We got back to the car and we were both suddenly starving! We tried to stop for a late lunch/early dinner in Cannon Beach but everywhere we tried was packed. How were there lines for tables at 3:30?!?!

So we decided to just start driving back to Portland. Logan had fallen asleep in the car almost immediately anyways, so it was the better option. We stopped and got some fast food for dinner and we devoured our food like we hadn’t eaten all day (we kinda hadn’t!).

The drive back to Portland was pretty easy. We lucked out again and didn’t hit much traffic.

We really need to make the beach more of a priority in our lives. I always feel so good there, happy and relaxed and like my soul is happy. There really isn’t any excuse not to go more often. I mean, in ideal traffic it’s 90 minutes from Portland so it’s easy to do a day trip!