12.30.2015

Oregon Honeymoon Diaries – Sightseeing & Adventures Part 2

Feet in the Sand

Welcome back to Part 2 of our Sightseeing & Adventures from our Honeymoon trip!

Day Six –

This day was a scary one for us, and we are very blessed that it ended well.  We left the house for our morning walk on the beach, and went about a half a mile from where our house was.  Nate and I were exploring the sand a good distance away from the water when a sneaker wave came up on us.  Sneaker waves are known to the locals as giant waves that will “sneak” in without warning.  The rest of the waves will be calm and steady, so you will have no indication that the big one is coming.  We were both swept off our feet with a wave up to our waists, and I was thrown against the rocks.  Fortunately, Nate was carrying a walking stick and was able to use it to come toward me.  He made it to me and grabbed my hand and we held on until the wave calmed.  We both lost our shoes, and my camera and phone were soaked.  It was very dangerous, and as I look back on it I realize how scary it was.

This log was swept up, dangerously close to us and the rocks.

This log was swept up, dangerously close to us and the rocks.

We were so shaken up, that we went home and spent the rest of the afternoon in the hot tub on our balcony before heading out to dinner.  We ate dinner at The Inn at Spanish Head.  This was by far the best meal of our trip and I highly recommend it!  You can read more about the food from our trip here.  The food was amazing and the atmosphere was so calming with a beautiful view of the sunset over the ocean.  It was a perfect ending to a stressful day.  We spent the rest of the evening in the hot tub with a bottle of good wine, watching the ocean.

The Inn at Spanish Head

Day Seven –

This was our last full day in our beautiful house by the beach.  We decided to spend as much time as we could walking the coast and enjoying the beach.  We walked several miles up and down the beach in from of our house, hunting for agates and loving the day.  As we walked we came upon the funniest surprise… there at the back of the beach, sitting on a large rock were Nate’s shoes!  The ones that he had lost in the sneaker wave the day before!  We thought they were gone forever, but someone must have found them and set them there for their owner.  It was a funny little moment that will be such a great memory.  We decided to head back to Neskowin beach, since we had to leave there so quickly before.  It is an interesting place with rugged landscape, lots of wildlife and strong winds off the ocean.  It began to rain so we headed to lunch at Dory Cove, a seafood shack nearby, where you get a LOT of food for your money!  We came nowhere near eating it all.  The remainder of our afternoon was spent in some local antique stores, browsing the isles.  The prices seemed a little higher than we were accustomed to, but there were some really interesting local finds.  Then back to our house and back to our hot tub for our final evening by the beach.

Seagull

Day Eight –

Since we had a morning flight the next day, we decided to use this day to leisurely travel back to Portland and stay the night in Vancouver, Washington so we could easily get to the Portland airport.  We spent that morning taking pictures and video of the house and beach where we stayed, packing our suitcases and soaking up the last few hours there.  When we left we stopped in Depoe Bay at The Side Door for lunch.  This was one of the best lunches of the trip… simple sandwiches, beautifully prepared.

Oregon Bluff

We had been trying all week to get a little bit of shopping in, so we stopped at the local outlet mall on our way through Lincoln City.  We each got a new pair of Nike’s there, and much to my surprise, Nate bought me a beautiful Coach bag!  We began retracing our steps as we journeyed back up Highway 101 to Portland.  In spite of all the shopping we just did, we still need a few more gifts to take home to family.  We had read about a store called Made in Oregon that sells only locally made items and set out to find it when we arrived in Portland.  We couldn’t find the store and eventually had to head to our hotel, but we got to drive through downtown Portland which seems like it had a fun atmosphere with beautiful buildings.

Day Nine –

We woke early that morning at our hotel in Washington. After we packed and had breakfast at our hotel we headed to the airport to return our car and make our way through security.  After security, we headed to our terminal and stumbled upon the Made in Oregon store!  This is a perfect place to shop if you need a few more souveniers and are having some trouble finding locally made items.  Buying them in the terminal is also convenient, because you do not have to worry about packing any food items for security.  Since we learned our lesson from the flight out, we planned ahead, registered early and were able to sit together on the flights home.

We stopped for our layover in Las Vegas, and were there for about two hours.  While I was not very impressed with the Las Vegas airport, it was so interesting to see all the endless slot machines right in the terminal.  We managed to bring ourselves to make a $5.00 gamble on one slot machine and won $50.00!  This we definitely the highlight of Las Vegas… especially considering the $20.00 sandwiches that were the cheapest supper we could find!  🙂  You can read more about our flights here.

We landed for the final time and drove home from the airport.  We were sad to be leaving such a wonderful place and all the good times we had there, but we were also ready to be home and begin our married life together.  The memories we made on our honeymoon were priceless, and I am sure we will look back on it as one of the best trips of our lives.  Writing about it for this series of posts has brought those memories back, and I am so thrilled to be able to document our journey in this way.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.  Please comment below and let me know what your favorite travel destinations are!  Nate and I may take another trip soon, and I would love to hear your suggestions!  You can check out the other posts in this series here, here and here.

Oregon Bridge

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  1. […] After our honeymoon to the Oregon coast I did a series of blog posts about our travels there.  I love being able to document our travels for the blog.  Not only is it a great way to share our trip with others, but it is a wonderful way for me to assemble and display our pictures… which I am usually so bad at!  You can read the posts on our Oregon trip here, here, here and here. […]

  2. […] After our honeymoon to the Oregon coast I did a series of blog posts about our travels there.  I love being able to document our travels for the blog.  Not only is it a great way to share our trip with others, but it is a wonderful way for me to assemble and display our pictures… which I am usually so bad at!  You can read the posts on our Oregon trip here, here, here and here. […]

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