Two years ago we were returning south from Tillamook to meet up with my BFF Janis and her hubby Nick in Newport, Oregon. Before we arrived she called to say her mother wasn't well and they were going to leave in the morning. Damn. Fortunately Mom was okay, but it sucked to miss having that time to play with them!
Incompatible geographic positioning and family/life realities keep us from getting together for too long. Last October we make plans with fingers and toes crossed.
When she calls on the day before we're trying it again this year, I almost don't answer the phone. When I do, I wish I hadn't. Their reserved site won't fit their rig, and there are no other sites available over this holiday week - no!! Fortunately our pull-through site will fit their 40 footer, and we will fit in theirs. Changes are made and confirmed, and we're still on for this long overdue meet up - whew!
We get set up at Port of Newport RV Park on Yaquina Bay and end up with the better of the two sites. We have a great view of the bridge from our windows. Level asphalt with small strips of green in between, this is a large, well maintained park.
Ten days fly by and we don't do half the things we thought we would - but we do have a great time getting caught up with our good friends. A couple afternoons of girl talk are very good for the soul :-)
|So happy we finally made this happen!|
|Pretty drive along the Yaquina River to the little town of Toledo.|
|Janis and Nick - we need to do this more often!|
|Yaquina Head Lighthouse|
|Rookery off Yaquina Head (quite odiferous even from a distance).|
|Enjoying the beautiful views.|
|Common Muirs in their uncommonly flashy footwear.|
|Basalt rocks at Fogarty Beach|
|Dark from the natural tannins collected upstream, Fogarty Creek makes its way to the ocean.|
|Pausing to appreciate|
|Their poodle Odie applies the guilt stare.|
|Yaquina Bay Lighthouse|
Bill and I are big Irish Pub fans and Nana's in Nye Beach is our favorite. The two of us catch an early dinner one evening. Once again both my meat loaf and his steak and Guiness pie are excellent. Highly recommended if you're in the area!
|I really wanted to eat the whole thing, but it was even better the second day :-)|
|Gorgeous views along the jetty.|
|So much fun with my athletic friend!!|
|Yaquina Bay Bridge from the pier.|
|Bo Peep is my new hero - go see her and the gang!!|
|Another cribbage player. I'll never get it :-)|
|The Hazelnutely Choctabulous Stout is delish, and I can't remember what Bill had. The food is okay.|
|Sweet views from the first floor of the brewery which shares the property with our RV park.|
On Friday they head south and we continue north to our favorite Oregon stop for a week on the river.
Emmi makes her princess self comfortable in the lap of the person sitting in the front passenger seat--so be it if it's someone she doesn't know well--it's a lap! So glad you were able to spend time with these special friends.ReplyDelete
Tessa usually cuddles up with the people in the back seat, but she did really well in her bed this time. We had a great time!Delete
Nothing like a great visit with good friends, so helpful for the soul. We too got to watch the firework show from our site.ReplyDelete
As much as I love seeing fireworks, the crowds when it's all over ruin it for me now that my bedtime has gotten "older" :-))))Delete
Sounds like a fun time was had by all :-) How fortunate that the sites were able to be traded to make it happen.ReplyDelete
It would have been a disaster if we hadn't had that big site!!Delete
Nick and Janis really have their TerraTrikes decked out nicely, Jodee. Love the big triangular flag!ReplyDelete
They've got every do-dad you could need. Even their puppy basket :-)Delete
Such a spectacular place to spend with friends. Glad the site switch worked out. I do love the Oregon coast.ReplyDelete
They've been coming here longer and really got me interested in the area.Delete
So glad you got to catch up with your dear friends and that you were able to work out the site snafu. You certainly chose a beautiful place for your reunion—it looks like you had lots of fun adventures, including some trike riding. I agree with you, time with close girlfriends is really good for the soul. :-)ReplyDelete
Love your photo of the Common Murres in their "uncommonly flashy footwear," LOL!
We're hoping it doesn't take another four years to do it again :-)Delete