Monday, February 26, 2007

Ah! Time for a vacation!

We are going to the Coast this weekend.
I am so excited! I haven't been to the beach for such a long time, and I love the beach. It is so relaxing.
We are staying in Lincoln City at Captain Cooks Inn http://www.captaincookinn.com/
We are getting the Kitchen Suite (you can do a virtual tour if you wanna see it). It has 2 queen beds and a hide a bed in the living room, bathroom, kitchen. It is 5 blocks from the beach. It is owned by an LDS family.
One cool thing about Lincoln City is the Glass Floats. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Back in the 1930s and '40s, beachcombers routinely stumbled across glass balls that had washed up in Oregon after a long ocean voyage. These floats from Japanese fisherman's nets were eventually replaced with plastic ones and the unusual souvenirs all but disappeared. Then in 1999, Lincoln City revived the magic of finding these ocean-borne treasures. Between October and May, discreet "float fairies" plant 2,005 multicolored, handcrafted glass spheres—the biggest are six inches in diameter—along local beaches. Lucky float finders are permitted to keep the miniature art pieces. When you find a float, you call the Visitor Center, and register your float. They will send a Certificate of Authenticity and information about the artists that crafted your float. Some numbers are selected at random to receive additional prizes, so registering is important. They put out the number of floats reflected by the year - so 2001 in 2001, 2002 in 2002, etc..... So this year they will put out 2007 floats. I am determined to find one! They are beautiful. If I don't find one I will have to buy one.
We are also going to go to Newport and go to the aquarium. http://www.aquarium.org/ We may go to another place called Mariner Square http://www.marinersquare.com/ Which has the Oregon Undersea Gardens, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and The Wax Works. Then there is whale watching at Depoe Bay, which isn't at it's peak til mid march but there is a chance we could see some.
There is a big outlet mall that we will hit too, sometime during the weekend. There are 65 stores, it is pretty huge.
I just hope that the kids and Jared *snicker* behave themselves so it turns out to be a Vacation and not a nightmare!

3 comments:

Kris... said...

Those glass balls are awesome!!! We want to drive down the coast of Oregon one of these days (we talked about doing it this summer even) and if we do, I want to go here just for the glass balls!!! Have fun! I'm excited for ya, and I do hope they all behave, too (I can so relate to a dh that can't behave on vacation). LOL

Kylie said...

I hope you do get a break and enjoy yourself. YOU deserve it.

Victoria said...

Have fun! It looks wonderful! I want to go too. :)