June 18th and 19th:
After work I came home and gave our cottage a good clean. Then cleaned myself up and waited for the boys to arrive back from the airport. in due time they did, and I was greeted at the door by my woolly haired brother. His hair had grown long and blond and framed his face perfectly. Without even sitting down and catching up, we grabbed our long boards and headed out to meet the Kings around the corner (at the Reynolds, friends of theirs who were out of town) for Strawberry shortcake, and a chance for them to see Dan Boy again. After Dan had caught them up on his travels and we had suitably traumatized Baxter, the dog (a Rhodesian ridge back), we headed home to stuff our golf until it was bulging. Eventually we crawled into bed at 11:30pm, only to wake up again at 3:00am. Josh was surprisingly awake and chipper, ready to hit the road, with dune quading clear in his sights. So Dan and I dragged ourselves and our droopy eyes out into the dark morning and squeezed ourselves into our car positions. Luckily before leaving the cottage, Josh remembered our passports, something that had completely slipped both of our minds. I sent a silent prayer up, thankful for the reminder. What a disaster that would have been! And so we hit the early morning road with the brand new Coldplay (Viva la Vida) blaring for the first time (Josh surprised me and bought it the day before our anticipated road trip and hid it in my purse for me to find).
So I did get stuck. It took all three of us to get me out. My Role in it all (besides getting stuck in the first place) was to push the yellow override button (big, I know!). Immediately following my release, both the boys got stuck, might I add that Josh got stuck in the exact same spot I had been. Its all part of the experience. So we raced around, and up and down, grins permanently pasted to our faces, and sand gritting between our teeth and toes. After getting stuck a couple more times, I discovered and decided that I much preferred the flatter areas with fun small bumps running consecutively, instead of climbing the hills.
Just when I thought it wasn't possible for the drive to get more beautiful, it did. This part of the trip we are passing through one cute beach town after another. In between each town the road winds around the cliffs with the sea to our left. Of course we stopped for a Starbucks breakfast, and at a viewpoint, for a stretch and some photographs. The morning mist hugging the coastline. Well we thought it was morning mist at 6am, now at 10am, we are beginning to think otherwise. We reached Lincoln City, and the promise of outlet stores. As Oregon has no sales tax we were determined. Arriving in the parking lot at 9am we learnt it only opened at 10. So we drove down the road to a little local coffee shop called 'Cyber Gardens & Coffee House 'with WIFI. Which is where I am writing this from, sitting peacefully in this chilled coffee house, chai tea at hand in its colourfully striped mug, hanging out. Josh is doing is school work (oops the battery died on him and he lost his response he just typed, poor guy, second time that has happened to him).