I can’t believe it is already Monday April 15, 2013 (now it is April 16) and I haven’t done any blog entries since last month. I got a bit swamped at work and just didn’t feel like writing. A fairly lame excuse to say the least and I’ll admit to that. We also were busy with family trips and mini-vacations so I’ll throw in some more lame excuses while I’m at it.
The end of March, we (the little people who live with me and my wife) spent a couple of nights in Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. We lucked out and got some great weather. Sunny weather to be exact. We had nicer weather those two days in March than we did last August on the Oregon Coast. Anyway, the weather was good, the local community seems pretty nice (but everything seems nice when you are on vacation), and the food wasn’t bad either.
If memory serves me correctly, we stayed at the Surfrider Hotel. Overall, our hotel wasn’t bad either considering we got a Groupon deal on it. The pool was inside and old school style but the hotel was right on the beach. We had a lovely balcony over the sand, free wifi, cable TV, etc. Pretty sweet.
After two nights on the Oregon Coast, on the way back through McMinnville, we stopped at the Hotel Oregon and had a great lunch on the rooftop bar. Again, the sun was out and we enjoyed their rooftop deck. The Hotel Oregon is run by the McMenamins Brothers and we like the quirky style they have throughout their restaurants and hotels. The food is reasonable priced and the atmosphere is great for those that like that pub feel.
We spend a third night in downtown Portland (Oregon) at the Sheraton. I like the Sheraton chain and we weren’t disappointed. My wife also got a good deal on that so instead of sleeping in the car, we stayed there. (There goes another life lesson my children could have learned about being homeless and living out of your car).
Not to worry, the city of Portland (like Austin, Texas) likes to pride itself as being weird. The downtown homeless bums did their best to put on a good show for my kids. On a side note, we do have homeless people in our downtown suburb city but my kids aren’t exposed to them. And we have them in downtown Seattle but we hardly visit downtown to experience them. I know what you are thinking: my kids aren’t being exposed to crazy homeless people like they should. I agree with you, I’m a terrible father. I promise to work on that.
We also squeezed in a visit to my friend Chance and got to see his new family. Again, we had great weather and the afternoon temperatures in Portland were 77 degrees in March! Unheard of!
Overall the trip was a good one. We certainly lucked out on the weather for this kind of trip in the month of March. We are looking forward to going back to McMinnville to check out their Evergreen Air and Space Museum and Water Park.