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Monday, July 22, 2013

Beach Weekend Getaway...

10:09 am - 59 degrees - overcast...

I’ve mentioned before {click here} that every now and then we like to get off the mountain and head to our family beach property on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State.  It’s one of our favorite quick getaways (meaning 4 hours or less).

If you are not familiar with Washington State, you may be thinking that Washington is not generally known for its beaches.  Sure, it has fabulous forests, and beautiful hiking trails, with a lot of monumental mountains thrown in for good measure.  Oh, and we must not forget the many islands, lakes, rivers and streams that offer plenty of recreational fun, but beaches?  Yes, beaches.  Not too many people outside of Oregon and Washington know about Long Beach.  The quaint, sleepy, coastal town is located in Southwest Washington, which is not too far away from Astoria, Oregon.

The Long Beach Peninsula is where we spent an extended weekend enjoying...

...the light house and rugged coastline of Cape Disappointment...
 
We always have to stop by Cape Disappointment; I just love the rugged coastline.  It is located at the extreme southwest corner of Washington State at the south end of the Long Beach Peninsula.  Cape Disappointment receives about 2,552 hours of fog a year – the equivalent of 106 days – making it one of the foggiest places in the US.

...Pelicans...

...playing in the sand...

...feeding the birds - this gull was extra hungry and wouldn't get off the truck...

...flying kites (or trying to)...

...strolling along the boardwalk...

...playing in the fort at the beach property...

...bonfires and S'mores...

...gorgeous sunsets...

...snapping pictures next to the sign at the Goonies House...

...and the Goonies house!

We ended the weekend by stopping in Astoria, Oregon on our way home to see the Goonies house.  Since its release in 1985, The Goonies has become a cult-classic as well as beloved by new generations of fans every year.  Our kids saw the movie a few weeks ago for the very first time and loved it, so of course we had to stop by and let them see the Goonies house - one of the many scenes for the movie that were filmed in and around Astoria.

It was a fun weekend getaway, which was spent with family and friends – 11 kids, 20 adults that spanned 4 generations.

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