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Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA: In which Humuhumu touches the Pacific Ocean [20131015|04:27]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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We drove down to the Oregon coast for a holiday-within-a-holiday on our recent trip to the States and spent four days relaxing in a hotel in Cannon Beach, which harbours a thriving arts community and an exceptionally large sea stac called Haystack Rock. Thousands of birds nest on the stac and the nearby Needles, and it seemed to be brown pelican season while we were there. We arrived in absolutely glorious sunshine. The next day, the rain started and, as everyone kept reminding us, a most unseasonable storm replete with gale force winds was attendant upon the remainder of our days there.

Somehow we managed to struggle through with our fireplace, our ocean-view balcony, our wine, our books and our determined "we can handle a spot of rain, we're British" daily walks on the beach.

I'm glad I took plenty of pictures of Humuhumu's first experience with the ocean, as it was not to be repeated on this trip.

Humuhumu riding on Daddy's shoulders as he walks along the beach toward Haystack Rock.

Removing shoes in preparation for the beach walk.

Humuhumu puts her feet in the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

Daddy walks out a bit further into the ocean.

Wet feet!

In Mummy's arms with Haystack Rock in the background.

In Daddy's arms with Haystack Rock in the background.

Humuhumu prepares to put her hand in the Pacific Ocean.

And follows through.

Again, again!

The Needles, sprouting cormorants and pelicans.

Humuhumu shares a quiet moment with Daddy in front of Haystack Rock.

Humuhumu and Mummy in front of the Needles.

Humuhumu on Daddy's shoulders. Both looking happy.

Whee! (With joyful dogs running down the beach in the background.)

That sand dollar is going in the mouth in 3...2...1...

And now for a good wallow in that beautiful fine sand.

When I said "wallow" I meant it.

Why yes, actually, it does taste nice.

Certainly nicer than the outside of this water bottle.

Separate meditations on sand.

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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2013-10-16 00:56 (UTC)
You're looking good these days! Glad to see mum's reached MILFdom :)

So what did she think of the ocean? It looks like she had fun in the giant sandbox! Now she just needs to touch the Atlantic, and she'll have touched two of the biggest oceans before she could barely walk!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-10-16 01:00 (UTC)
Thanks! Still feel kinda too big, which was not helped by the amount of eating I did while we were in the States. Pancakes! Sushi! Burritos! Huge portions, so irresistible!

She loves water and she was delighted by the ocean, particularly when the tide swooshed back and forth over her feet and hands. We were discussing getting her to the Atlantic - it's actually surprisingly difficult from within the UK unless you go to the extreme ends of the country, because there's the Irish Sea and the North Sea and the Channel, but not so many bits that touch the naked ocean. Don't know if we'll manage it before she can walk - she's pretty close now.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2013-10-16 18:20 (UTC)
Beautiful memories!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-10-17 08:10 (UTC)
Yes. I'm glad I took lots of photos and made the time to go through them!
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2013-10-17 08:17 (UTC)
You've got some great photos here.

I'm glad Humuhumu enjoyed it.

(I'll be honest, I still have no idea how to pronounce or even 'read' that properly even in my head).
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-10-17 19:52 (UTC)
Thanks. I particularly like the "quiet moment" one.

It's HOO-moo-HOO-moo. Written Hawai'ian is pretty simple. There are only twelve letters of which five are the vowels.
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2013-10-18 08:21 (UTC)
Thank you. That makes so much sense now you've said it.
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[User Picture]From: mole6e23
2013-10-17 18:59 (UTC)
Thanks for the beautiful pictures! We spent several days at Cannon beach last summer during our RV trip and it was one of my favorite stops... it is gorgeous there! Beautiful baby, too!!!!! =)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-10-17 19:56 (UTC)
Oh wow, I bet that was a great holiday. Did you go all the way up the coast? We had been planning a day trip to Newport to go to the aquarium, but the weather was too poor for us to take our hire car down the 101. Gale force winds!
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[User Picture]From: mole6e23
2013-10-17 20:17 (UTC)
It was a fantastic holiday. We are so happy that we did it. We spent two months... we went up the coast of CA, then inland through Oregon to Seattle, then coastal Oregon on our way home. We actually posted pictures for the first couple of weeks ... I can e-mail you the link...
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