Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 Father's Day Camping Weekend ~ Part II

Saturday was an extra special day, as we got to spend some time with Richie and Lydia who were also vacationing nearby, celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary!  Woo hoo!! 
Lots of reasons to celebrate and eat chocolate cupcakes!!!
Happy Father's Day, Lydia's Birthday, and Richie and Lydia's 2nd anniversary!! ;-)
Saturday morning, we drove across the Astoria bridge back into WA to meet Richie and Lydia at the North Head Lighthouse State Park.  
 It was such a pretty day!
 Looking at the beautiful view while we waited our turn to go up into the lighthouse.
 The few who were able to go up into the lighthouse
 (couldn't go if you were wearing flip-flops, if you were under 7 yrs. old, or a dog ;-)
on the original, spiral staircase.
I copied this information from the WA State Park site
for those of you that might like a bit of the history of the lighthouse:

"On May 16, 1898, the North Head Lighthouse was put into service as the primary navigation aid at the mouth of the Columbia River. The Cape Disappointment lighthouse had served this function since October 15, 1856; however, ships continued to run aground at the "Graveyard of the Pacific." Due to the sheer number of shipwrecks, it was determined a second lighthouse was needed on the northwestern spur of Cape Disappointment, commonly referred to as North Head.
Present Day
Today, the North Head Lighthouse still stands as a sentinel overlooking this treacherous body of water, the confluence between the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. The North Head Lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation, although the lighthouse keepers who once tended the flame have been replaced by an automated beacon. The lighthouse offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach Peninsula, Columbia River Bar, and the northern Oregon Coast."
The little bro getting a lift by the BIG bro on the walk back.
 Back at the campground,
we did all of the fun things there are to do there, all over again!
In the evening, most of the family
enjoyed playing volleyball for about 3 hours!!!  
(Our campsite was overlooking this area,
so it was convenient for Brielle and Mommy to watch right from the camper!)
 And the awesome playground right next to the volleyball court kept Ben and Joe happily busy!
All packed up and ready to head out!  
 Then, on to one of Daddy's favorite things to do . . .
 We made it out to the tide pools right at the lowest tide!
We have never seen soooo many starfish!!


 After our time at the beach, the kids treated Daddy to his favorite seafood lunch at Mo's!!!
 And we just had to go for our annual family surrey ride and photo!
 Ben and Brielle were the official wavers.
 Awww . . .
What a great time we had, celebrating our awesome Daddy!!!! 


Elanee said...

What a great way to celebrate as a family! It looks like you all had just the right amount of people in your family for volleyball. That's really wonderful!

Elanee said...

I really like your blog, and I would comment more, if there was a way to follow it. Do you think you could maybe add a followers widget to the side bar? If not, I understand, but I just thought it would be easier for people to keep up with new posts.

Elanee said...

Actually you can disregard my last comment. Shiloh S. helped me see how I can or easy follow your blog:) So I guess you'll be getting comments from me more often now that I can see your new posts:)

The Bowes Family said...

Hi Elanee! We loved hearing from you!! Thanks sooo much for stopping by to "visit" and for leaving your sweet notes.

Us girls enjoy your blog as well, and keeping up with all the good things God is doing in and through you and the lives of your family! We are so grateful for all the encouragement you share!

We thank God for you and your sweet friendship!
Mrs. Bowes, for all of us!

AZDonna said...

What a fantastic weekend camping trip! Makes me long for my childhood when our family would take a 2 week long camping trip every summer. We went up to the Oregon and Washington coast several times, as well as many National Parks all over the U.S. What fun family memories you are making.

Some bloggers I follow (full time RVers) have been camped in Cape Disappointment for a couple weeks and just blogged about it, too. Sounds so lovely. I'll have to add that to my list of places to go and spend some time in when I retire.

Meemom said...

Enjoyed your pictures. Looks like so much fun. Love, Meemom

Lydia said...

That was such a fun trip, wasn't it! It was such a blessing that we were able to spend time with you all while on vacation...thank you so much for the wonderful cake and ice-cream celebration! :-) Lots of laughs and good memories, for sure!
Love all of the pictures...thank you for posting them!
Lots of love,

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