Friday, April 4, 2008

VACATION!!!! (part 1)

For Spring Break, we decided to take a vacation. Josh and I went with our friends Harry and Kim to Ocean Shores, WA and Victoria, Canada while the kids stayed with grandma and grandpa in Idaho.

We left after I got off work on Sunday (the 16th) and headed up to Idaho. We got to Josh’s parents and talked until after 3 am. We made it to the airport at 6:57 am, just three minutes before the 30 minute deadline for boarding the plane. Unfortunately, Harry and Kim didn’t get there until 7:03 am, three minutes after the deadline, and they were not allowed to board. The people that worked for the airline just told him to go to another airline because they were booked for the rest of the day. They didn’t offer to help him at all. When he got online to find another flight, he looked at the airline’s website, and found that they still had 15 seats available on the next flight! So Harry bought his ticket on a different airline, and when they got to Seattle, he called the first airline’s headquarters and talked to someone that told him that because the people at the airport were so rude to him they would pay for his ticket on the other airline. So after all that, we were finally on our way!

We drove from the airport down to Ocean Shores and found our WorldMark resort on the beach. We explored the town a little, and then checked in to our suite. It was so nice. Very spacious. We had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen with dining area, and living room. We also had a washer and dryer in our unit as well. On the back patio we had our own barbeque grill too. We went out and played on the beach for a couple of hours. Harry and I took our shoes and socks off and played in the water, but Josh and Kim were too chicken. :) The water was freezing! By the time we were done, my feet were bright red and they hurt pretty badly. It was totally worth it though! After we were done playing on the beach and collecting shells, we went to town to buy food. We went to the local grocery store and bought things to make dinner and food for the next day. After we got back to the resort, we made our chicken and rice for dinner, and had a very nice dinner together. After dinner we went out and sat in the hot tub for about an hour.

The next morning, we got up and made breakfast before heading out to the beach. We spent another couple of hours on the beach picking up shells, and we walked out to the jetty and climbed around on the huge rocks and watched as the waves crashed against them. The ocean is so awesome and powerful! Everyone kept their shoes on that day. After we were done, we drove out to a different beach where there used to be an old shipwreck, but it had already been dismantled. So we walked around the beach and found tons of clam shells that still had both sides intact, as well as some oyster shells. Then we went to three different kite stores before we found one that was open still, and bought kites to fly on the beach. After we bought the kites, we drove on the beach for a little while, but decided to wait until the next day to fly our kites. We went back to the resort and grilled up some steaks and had a relaxing evening.

We woke up the next morning, packed our stuff, and checked out. Then we went to the beach and flew our kites. We bought stunt kites, and they were harder to fly than I thought they would be. The wind was really strong and gusty. One time that I was trying to fly the kite, Josh had just launched it, and it decided to do a nose dive straight at his head, even though I hadn’t moved the strings at all. Josh was a lot better at it than I was, so maybe it was just me… One of these days we will try again, when it is not quite so windy.

After flying our kites for an hour or so, we headed off for Canada.


Melissa said...

Hooray for vacations!!! I'm happy to hear you guys got away. How is work and school going?

Melissa said...

Sorry, I just realized I brought up two things that people don't usually think about on vacation. Nevermind that last question.

Abby & Kids said...

I loved your ocean pictures. I am jealous of anyone who gets to spend time by the sea. I miss it...Your kids look adorable.