Sunday, July 15, 2012

RV Trip #2

I know, I know. I never even posted about RV Trip #1! That trip was just the girls - pictures coming I promise. I think I still have pictures from May I haven't posted. Oh, well.

Last weekend we took the trailer on our first family outing to Westport, WA. Libby even came along. You can think about Westport in a couple of ways. Around here we often think of it as a depressing, gray, stormy fishing town with not a whole lot to do. However, it is a pretty cool destination for a weekend getaway. First of all, the fishing lifestyle is pretty cool to see. We stayed at an RV park right downtown. We looked out from our bed right onto the marina. It was pretty great. 

I got off early on Friday and we left right away. We'd planned it pretty easy where we'd eat out for Friday dinner and do an early dinner Saturday. That way, we only needed food for breakfast and snacks.

Before we left, I rented and downloaded movies from iTunes on the iPad. Friday night, after Elyse went down, Bill and I cuddled up to watch a movie after she went to sleep. We went to bed pretty early (between 9:30 and 10). That night was a horrible rain, thunder and lightning storm. It hit us somewhere between 11 and 12. Wow, it was loud. I just kept thinking - please lightning, don't strike our trailer. Being down at the marina is a little noisy anyway, but the thunderstorm was pretty eventful. It made for a bit of a restless first night's sleep - for Bill and I anyway. Elyse was out like a light.

The next morning, we slept in a little bit (thanks to Caillou on the iPad entertaining Elyse, while we snoozed). We went into the neighboring town of Grayland for the Windrider's Kite Festival. It was pretty impressive. HUGE kites!

Elyse fell asleep on the way there, but she woke up quickly when we arrived and she saw what was in the sky.

You can park near the beach or right on the beach - if you have the right vehicle. We walked along - checking out all the amazing and colorful kites.

This picture makes me smile because I swear I have a very similar one from about 2005-2006 with Bill and Annie on the beach in Gold Beach, OR. It is possible he is even wearing the same jacket.

This kite behind us was super cool - like a big cyclone.

Elyse is starting to outgrow the Ergo in this position. I don't think it is supposed to choke my neck.

I had no clue she was making this face. Funny girl!


Libby was pulling like crazy. This was right before we stopped at the trunk to switch collars to help control her.

Elyse is so funny. She loves walking with both of us, but then she realizes she is not with the other and gets so excited! I love both of their expressions.

Happy girl.

Clue #1 we were nearing naptime = the spacing out look. I had about ten pictures of this exact face.

Yes, it is naptime. Time to go.

We drove home via Cranberry road and looked at the cranberry bogs. So cool.

Got back and putting a sleeping girl down. Pillow propped up against the window to help block the bright light.

Sat on our lawn chairs outside and watched some fishermen clean their catch.

Just like Deadliest Catch - foul language and all.

Our direct view from the RV.

We went to Bennett's Fish Shack that night - we highly recommend it! Not to mention House of Pizza where we went the night before. Thank you, TripAdvisor for good picks!

The restaurant where we stayed (not so great reviews) - and why we did not eat there!

Handsome husband and cool shot.


When Elyse woke up, we walked downtown to eat. Here is the view of our truck and RV from town.

And, a little closer.

It was pretty grey on Saturday. Bill and Elyse on the boardwalk.

We walked out onto some of the floats to check out the water.

Pelicans getting dinner.

Elyse hanging out. She had Wall-E in the background and was coloring and reading.

Elyse was sacked out on the way home.

Friday night, Bill and I watched another movie and called it a night. Saturday night was much quieter. Bill had trouble in the early morning as the fishing boats started up, but I slept through all of it.

Definitely a great trip and we WILL be back!! It was great having our own place with our own things. We had our own restroom and shower, but they had facilities too if we needed it. I loved having Libby with us, not to mention knowing where we stay will be clean. We have had such bad luck with hotels the last few years. To bring our own "home away from home" and save money on hotels, is a win-win for me! We definitely allow more screen time for Elyse while in the RV, but she seems to transition decently once we get home. At least no more than usual does she beg for "Cai! Cai" for "Caillou" or ask for her "G" - what she calls the I-Touch.

I do love our little trailer! It was a fantastic deal and perfect for our little family. More fun times ahead for sure! On to planning the next trip. We are so busy though in the near future, I think it will be AUGUST!

PS: For my HCA friends - we ran into Rosie B at the donut shop Sunday morning! Can you believe it?

PSS: Little Richard's House of Donuts has a apple fritter that rivals Lattin's in my book - WOW!
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