Tuesday, February 16, 2010


A few months ago, I decided I was going to try to take a vacation. I really had my heart set on Mexico since I hadn't been in almost four years. I was able to get a week off work and so was Ken. The money just wasn't there for Mexico though and then Ken thought he may have to cancel part of his vacation because of things going on at work. I figured we'd just go somewhere close for two or three days.

Ken knows I love the Oregon Coast so he found a vacation rental in Depoe Bay and booked 4 nights. I have been excited, but the family issues have dampened that a bit. I know I need some time to just relax without the work stresses and family stresses. I drove to Moses Lake Friday night after work. Saturday, we left around noon and drove to Lake Oswego and stayed the night there. Then Sunday we drove the rest of the way to Depoe Bay.

This Valentine's Day was the best I've ever had in my life. We decided to stay in and watched the sunset from the hot tub. Later we cooked pork chops and ate dinner by the fireplace. We exchanged cards and I gave him a new little point-and-shoot camera since his is old and just doesn't take very good pictures. He loved it!

Yesterday we decided to drive down the coast a bit and stopped several places along the way. We visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, drove through the historic bay part of Newport, walked on the beach at Ona Beach State Park, and had a late lunch in Waldport. On the drive back to Depoe Bay, we stopped so I could taste a few wines at the Flying Dutchman Winery. We arrived back in Depoe Bay right as the rain started, but decided to walk around downtown and visit a few of the shops and another winery.

It was a great day, full of laughter and easy conversation. I was exhausted by the time we got back. I fell asleep watching the waves.

We both need this to be a time of relaxation and restoration. It's been a hard few months for us doing the long distance thing, both of us dealing with more work stresses lately and me dealing with my family drama.

I've been awake for a few hours and it's been very cloudy and gray. Ken just woke up and I'm seeing a few patches of blue sky. I think we'll cook a big breakfast, but nothing past that is planned.