Spring break 2020: Like everyone else, we are home. We have a new walking route from our front door. It was carefully constructed to avoid bike paths and playgrounds. We take one walk per day but it is a good one! It has hills, wildlife, golf course views, and a well kept cemetery.
HB adopted a squirrel in the cemetery and named him Tom. We bring Tom acorns each day. I think he recognizes us.
Day four of spring break 2020 and I admit that I have started to day dream about spring breaks past. Spring breaks of my childhood, teens, and twenties were full of fun and adventure. Spring breaks of my thirties looked different. I was working at a ski resort. Long work days and weeks were spent side by side with awesome co-workers. Even work was fun.
Spring break as a mom has brought a new set of adventures. We moved to Oregon in 2016.
The first year, we were craving mountains, high desert, and sun. We spent the week in Sun River. Newberry Volcanic Monument was not open for the session yet but the High Desert Museum was a hit. I recommend taking a minute to look at a Sun River map before heading out on the trails. I turned a one hour run into two by not looking at a map on the first day.
The second year, we headed to Calistoga, California. We swam in hot springs, ate good food, and stopped by a local geyser. Who knew?! We made it as far south as the Golden Gate Bridge and spent an afternoon at Muir Beach.
Last year, our trip to California was side lined due to illness so we waited a few days and drove to the Coast. We spent a couple of nights at a hotel on Cannon Beach. It rained and rained and the kids loved it. They ran out into the waves in rain jackets and pants and we carried them inside and warmed them up in the bathtub. At night we ate frozen pizza and played cards. They were happy.
The week was topped off by a stop in Newport. If you find yourself in Newport looking for something to do, here are my top three.
3. Old Town. Check out the sea lions. They are loud and sometimes they spit. Watching them doesn’t get old!
2. Oregon Coast Aquarium. As far as aquariums go, this is a nice one. Take note that much of it is outside so dress accordingly.
- Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Bring your inter-agency pass and your tide table. Tide pools are easy to access and somewhat popular. Sea stars, urchins, anemones, barnacles, chitons, and tons of other creatures are easy to find! If you have a question, there are usually volunteers nearby.
Spring break 2020 has been different but not so bad. We are healthy and happy and finding something fun to do each day. We watched Star Wars: A New Hope, with the kids for the first time. We have a much better understanding walking route options through every adjacent neighborhood. We painted dozens of rocks, hid them, found them, hid them again. One day we even slept until nearly 8:00. I find myself not knowing what else to do besides hope for the best during the next weeks and months. Stay home and stay healthy everyone. If you so us out walking, don’t worry, we will switch sides of the street before our paths cross but we will still say “hello”, smile, and wave.