When we arrived in Portland, we rented a van and drove two hours to the Oregon Coast where we met family and enjoyed mild temperature, magnificent scenery and attractions along Pacific Coast Highway for the last week.
We learned about marine life at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
We visited Newport's Historic Bayfront and toured Ripley's Believe it or Not!, Wax Works and the Underground Sea Garden at Mariner Square, shopped the quaint shops and, at the pier, watched sea lions and fishermen at work.
We flew kites at a windy Nye Beach.
We climbed the spiral staircase inside of Oregon's tallest lighthouse at Yaquina Head and walked on the nearby black cobble beach.
We patiently waited for the high tide at the mysterious Devil's Punch Bowl.
We walked through the Tillamook Air Museum.
We toured the Tillamook Cheese Factory and enjoyed taste testing cheese and eating ice cream.
We savored fresh seafood every day and the boys swam in the hotels' pools a few times a day. It was too cold to swim in the ocean!
Aside from not being prepared for such cool weather, we had a great time!