A while back, T was contemplating doing a marathon in Newport, Oregon. The catch was that it was the day after my birthday. Now, I love the Oregon coast, so I was more than happy to share my moment with his athletic pursuits. And, when he got injured and didn’t sign up for the race, we decided to keep the hotel I’d already booked and go anyway. And I’m so glad we did. I’m not one for making a big fuss over my birthday, but it was really nice to have some fun, low-key, plans on the books.
We drove down on my actual birthday, which meant that we spent most of it in the car, but when we finally checked in to our hotel and checked into our room, we were greeted with this fantastic view from our balcony:
We decompressed on the balcony and then went for a walk on the beach before dinner. The boy even wrote me a little love note in the sand (mostly because I scoffed at the notion that he would. #marriage):
Our walk took us to a jetty:
So we decided to continue our walk on it. Doesn’t T look like he’s on an angsty 90’s album cover?
There were some cool rocks:
Especially these ones that had mysterious holes in them:
T was much better at traversing the rocky terrain than yours truly, but it set me up to get this epic shot of the two of us:
Our jetty adventures took a little longer than expected, so we had to hustle to get back to get ready for dinner. I’d made reservations at a very highly rated local seafood place. There was no way to tell how fancy it was from looking online, so I was a little surprised that it was a very busy, casual place. But the food was excellent. Birthday crab cakes:
I had a bacon-wrapped tuna “mignon”:
T had an excellent halibut special:
Plus, we had a very pleasant view of the harbor:
We’d picked up a little birthday cake in Portland during the drive down, but I felt silly eating it in the restaurant, but we took it back to the room and enjoyed it with a nice bottle of wine, while watching a cheesy DVD that the hotel would let guests check out for free. Happy Birthday to me!
The next day, the weather surprised us with some sunshine. (It had been a pretty bleak forecast.) We opted to walk to a cute local place for breakfast. (Delicious!) While there we bought a HUMONGOUS (and pricy) loaf of bread, which was a shame because we happened upon a really nice farmer’s market that had many other bread options. C’est la vie! The farmer’s market was really lovely though:
On our way back we enjoyed some local art:
And delightful architectural details (please notice the nautical rope carpet in the background):
We took a nice meandering walk back to the hotel. The views were amazing:
After a nice beach run and some lazy napping time, we headed over to the Yaquina Head lighthouse. The lighthouse is lovely:
But the really cool thing is the beach filled with these “cobbles”:
While they are hard to walk on, they are really unique:
Plus, we’d timed our visit perfectly to see tide pools:
They were pretty cool:
Our last day was spent wandering around Newport, having lunch at Mo’s, eating ourselves sick on saltwater taffy, and enjoying the local wildlife:
We went for a last afternoon beach walk at low-tide. I was mesmerized by all of the amazing textures. I really wished I’d had a real camera, but the phone did pretty well:
It was a great trip – the perfect combination of laziness and activity. I got to spend lots of quality time with the boy, which is always nice.