Graham and I didn’t have a chance to make it to Ecola State Park when we visited so we wanted to be sure to at least drive out there this trip. It was raining off and on that morning but we got in the car and made the short drive through Cannon Beach to the park. It was beautiful! Olivia said it looked like we were in a magical forest and it really did. Once we got to the Ecola Point parking lot at Indian Beach we decided to take a spur trail off the Clatsop Loop Trail that led to a viewpoint of the Tillamook Lighthouse. We knew it would be shorter which was perfect because the kids were already tired. We hiked about an hour, saw some enormous banana slugs, saw a view of the Lighthouse, hiked back down for a snack and then headed back into town. It was a nice, little hike.
We weren’t in our car longer than 5 minutes before Olivia was asleep. She is trying to give up naps but always tells us how tired she is. She is so scared she is going to miss out on something if she sleeps but there was no stopping this nap. I was even able to move her from the carseat to the bed. Never happens.
Shortly after Olivia woke up we had some special visitors arrive. My parents joined us for a few days on our trip and it was so nice to vacation with them again. We haven’t had a chance to take a trip with them since we went to Estes Park a couple of years ago so it was neat to experience a new part of the country with them. The kids of course were thrilled that Grumpus and YaYa were there and took full advantage of it. I have never seen my mom run into ice cold water before but somehow those kids got her to run into the waves over and over again, laughing the whole time.