West Coast Musings: Part II

I had every intention of blogging my trip while I was gone but due to busy schedules and terrible internet, here I am blogging the rest of  my trip after I’ve returned home already! photo 3 (5)

 

The third day of travels started out in Florence, Oregon and brought us down to Crescent City for the night. Florence is famous for its beautiful sand dunes along the coast. I’ve been here once before but it was years ago when I was much younger. Back then, we rented some one seater dune buggies and I got stuck….a lot. This time, we rented individual ATVs for each of us and I still got stuck….a  lot. The sand dunes were beautiful though and being stuck meant I had a lot of time to just sit and take in my surroundings while I waited for help. After the excursion, I had to empty myself of all the sand that had collected in my clothing.

DSC_1178We were all starving after we were done with sand dunes and decided to get lunch at Traveler’s Cove and it was delicious. The portions were just big enough to fill up the appetite we had worked up. If you’re in Florence and in need of a yummy, hearty meal, I would definitely suggest visiting Traveler’s Cove!

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I’m hungry again just looking at this!

The next leg of the trip was just to get to Crescent City for the night and take it easy. We were all pretty tired and just wanted to hang out in the hotel to relax for the next day which took us through the Redwoods and then to our destination of Sonoma for our conference.

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West Coast Musings: Part I

I’m attending a church conference at Sonoma State University beginning this Wednesday so a few of us who are attending together decided to make it a road trip. We left Sunday afternoon for Seaside, Oregon. I grew up going to the Oregon Coast at least once a year and haven’t been back in a couple of years. But I never got tired of the west coast and the soft sand along the shores. It may not be filled with as much sunshine as some of the California beaches but it’s vast and not nearly as filled with people. We used to take our dog to the Oregon Coast over spring break and some of our best memories with her were at the beach.DSC_0928

Stopping by Portland to pick up a few more people, we swung by Voo Doo Donuts in Portland before arriving in Seaside around 9 PM and got settled in our hotel. It was already dark but we decided to walk to the beach anyways. It felt so wonderful digging my toes into the cool, soft sand and listening to the sound of ocean waves.DSC_0932

Monday morning, we set out with Florence as our destination for the evening. Starting off with a hike in Ecola State Park and then some fun jumping photos at Haystack.

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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Photo Credits: Sean Kung

For dinner, we stopped in Newport Bay at the original Mo’s. We used to at least on meal at Mo’s every time we visited the coast so it was a nice nostalgic meal. I was debating whether to order the Cannonball or the fish and chips but went with the fish and chips and just ate some of Ben’s Cannonball.

 

We had really wanted to catch the sunset at the beach so instead of driving straight to Florence after dinner, we stopped along the way at a beach and managed to catch some beautiful photos.

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

Photo Credits: Sean Kung

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We arrived in Florence pretty late in the evening and slept really well after a long day of playing and enjoying our time together.