Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

The octopus at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center gave us a...

Grace and Sarah are watching the octopus as it's arm reaches up...

They were touching it. I had to give them credit. They had...

Sharon, Jess, Grace and little Beth at the star fish and anemonie...

The lighthouse living room.

This was the master bedroom in the lighthouse.

We get a shot of the gang on the stairs before going...

This is the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse's kitchen.

The view from the lighthouse. The channel leads out to the Pacific...

Yaquina Bay Light House.

A front view of the lighthouse.

The kids were ready to head for the beach by the time...

Sharon, with Beth on her lap, Gracie and Sara are all bundled...

The kids are having a ball playing in the sand. Sam and...

Great job guys! The boys were best buddies as toddlers but both...

Sam and Jonathan on the beach in Newport, Oregon.

Looks like they're at it again.

Time to head back. Sharon and the kids had to drive back...

A seagull landed on the parascope while we were sitting in the...

Sunset over the Pacific.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009.

Whaler's Rest Leisure Time Resort, South Beach, OR

OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center & Lighthouse with Lalleys & Town Hall for Hope

Jonathan and I met Sharon and the kids this morning at the hotel at 10:00. We decided to take the kids to the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. Sharon said her and Craig had brought the kids there before and that they liked it better than the big aquarium. They thought it was more affordable too $5 donation per person or $10 donation per family. The kids loved it. All kinds of hands on stuff and neat living creatures. The octopus was the real attraction though.

We went to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport next. We had driven right past it last night as we were looking for Mo's but I didn't have the camera out so I wanted to go back today. It was open for tours so we took the kids up to see it. The light was actually set up on top of a house. There was a living room, kitchen, dining room and pantry downstairs with three bedrooms on the second level and the light keepers room on the third floor. The kids were dying to get to the beach though so after watching the movie in the basement about the history of the lighthouse we headed down to the sand and had our picnic and they played.

When it was time for Sharon and the kids to head back to Albany, they dropped us off at the LaQuinta to pick up the Yukon. We said our goodbyes in the parking lot then headed our separate ways. Jonathan had a lot of fun with Sam. It's incredible how fast time goes and how much can happen in just five years. Sarah and Gracie were so grown up compared to when we last saw them and Jess and Beth were new additions to the family!

When we got back to the rig, Jonathan and I got cleaned up and we headed to a church in the area that was hosting the Town Hall for Hope by Dave Ramsey. It was being broadcast all over the country in various churches so all we had to do was sign up so the church we attended it at would know how many people to prepare for. It was really a positive message about the economy and what role God plays vs the role the government plays in our finances. We decided to stop for a bite to eat on the way home and make an evening of it so that was fun too. Jonathan had been "caught being good" lately so he picked pizza.



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