Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Ecola Beach

You take a winding road, up hill and down, with steep drops on the ocean side, to get to Indian Beach – but it is worth the effort. There is a great view, restrooms, and you can visit the tidal pools. I loved all the wet suits lined up to dry on the fence here. Families were brewing coffee, making sandwiches, surfers were out waiting for a good wave to come along, and it was a fabulous location:

August 4, 2008 Posted by | ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Travel | , | 4 Comments

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

There is so much to do!

There is a long walking promenade along the beach, wide enough for bicycles, moms with strollers, people skating, people walking their dogs, and people just walking or jogging.

On the beach, people are swimming, sunning, building magnificent sand castles, fishing, and . . . flying kites.

Some of the kites are purely magnificent. Here is my favorite – a pirate ship!

August 4, 2008 Posted by | Adventure, Community, Cross Cultural, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions, Relationships, Seattle | , | 5 Comments

Heavenly Sunset

This sunset sort of made me think about the heavens opening and the hand of God coming out – yep, sunsets in the Pacific Northwest are like that. 🙂

August 4, 2008 Posted by | ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Seattle, Travel, Venice | | 2 Comments

Oregon Beach Rental

The Oregon coast is a beach lover’s delight. My mother’s family had cabins on the beach that they rented out every summer, so my Mom grew up on the Oregon beaches, and consequently, we did, too. The cabins, which were always beachy and utilitarian, have become increasingly sophisticated.

We have rented both sides of a wonderful cottage. Our side of the cottage easily sleeps 14 people (we are four people) and the other side of the cottage easily sleeps 10 – 12. They have huge dining tables, cupboards full of glasses, dishes, serving platters, dishwashing AND dishwasher detergents – they are fully equipped with stoves, microwaves, coffee makers, washers and dryers, even hair dryers, even shampoos and conditioners, even beach towels and beach equipment and bike helmets. I am astonished at how equipped they are.

This is called the Little House, and if you want to rent it, you can find it here:
Little House on the Promenade

The cottage has two beautifully furnished living rooms (with additional sleeping on fold out couches if you have a very large family), chairs, TVs, fireplaces, games, books, magazines . . . and it is completely wired for wi-fi. Wooo Hoooo for me!

Although it can be two separate rentals, when it is one family renting both sides, there is a secret passage connecting the two rentals, so we are back and forth in one another’s kitchens all day. Oh, what fun.

August 4, 2008 Posted by | Adventure, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions, Relationships | | 2 Comments