Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for revisiting my childhood! Growing up my family spent a lot of time on the OR coast…I may live in WA, but OR beaches are where it’s at! For real!

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Every few months, year round, we’d visit the coast and camp, or during the winter stay in a hotel. I remember several trips to Lincoln City, over Christmas Break, and we’d be the only, or close to it, family in the hotel. My sister and I loved having the indoor pool to ourselves!

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I think my most favorite memories though are camping at Ft. Stevens. There are miles of paved walking/biking trails that take you all over the park and various nearby attractions. My sister and I would get up in the morning, hop on our matching BMX bikes and we’d be gone for hours exploring to our hearts content. So many great adventures were had! Plus the ranger presentations were always fun and we learned a lot.

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My sister and I had some epic kite wars on this beach! 

This summer I was really wanting to find some time to camp on the OR Coast and was so excited when a week opened up in August. I figured what better time to go to the coast than August! You stand a pretty good chance of having sunny warm weather (it didn’t totally turn out that way, but it was nice enough for sure).

It’s so interesting to revisit things from childhood. It’s never exactly as you remember it. The bike trails that in my mind took us hours to ride only took me about 20 minutes as an adult, and while the campground is big, it didn’t seem as huge as it did when I was a kid. But, that didn’t take away from the magic of Ft. Stevens at all. I loved it just as much as an adult as I did back in the day. I particularly loved being there with my own kiddo (and her friend).

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I ran into (almost literally) Elk on the bike path past this area…talk about wild life viewing area! 

My heart was happy watching Sky and Faith enjoy the things I enjoyed when I was a kid. I think exploring the batteries is almost more fun as an adult than as a kid…we’re old enough to have fun with it and toss a few scares in there as well!

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Some serious hide-n-seek went down at Battery Russel! Sky and I scared some kids while we were hiding and Mark’s creepy whistle scared all of us, me included. So much fun!

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I’m very thankful I got to revisit such awesome memories from my childhood, I was close to tears of joy and memory a few times during our trip, and just so excited to share such a special thing from my childhood with Sky, and thankful she enjoyed it!

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Best little campers…and those mosquito bracelets worked! Us three girls wore them the whole time and not a single bite…Mark on the other hand got several bites. 😦

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The girls wanted to ride in the back of the truck so bad, so we found a safe area to let them do that. Like how I covered up the plate? Was the best option I had available while editing. 

Also, super thankful for our new camp trailer, we’ve camped a lot this summer, and it’s a joy to have such a lovely camping home!

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

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