The Oregon Coast

How do we know if our kids can handle a lengthy trip from home? We don’t. It’s always a little nerve wracking when trying out something new with kids.

Luckily mine are pretty easy going and have always loved road trips.

Kids at PDX
It's the crack of dawn, but they couldn't be happier.

Before I left, I asked for the assistance of my niece in transporting my kiddos to Oregon and she happily joined us on our venture. And as most kids do, they loved the late flight. I made sure to get us seats as far forward as possible and after takeoff my boys quickly claimed some empty rows to get cozy in. Alaska air has always been my airline of choice but these days I’ve been testing out Jet blue, who only fly to Alaska in the summer, have cheaper fares, are less crowded and more spacious. It’s hard not to be a fan of this new to Alaska airline.

Rest stops and creative kids menus are vital. Truly, it doesn’t take much to put a smile on thier faces. While in Oregone we did a few road trips to the coast with family and it’s hard to go wrong at the beach.

Tide pooling was a favorite and we found scores of scuttling crab under every rock. Camping at the Barview Jetty Campground was amazing because there was tide pooling near the entrance, a sandy beach by the Jetty a kids park and a big sand dune in the campground. Not every morning went perfect but we still had a great time.

Not far from the campground was a town called Rockaway Beach and while passing through we saw a Ring of Fire Glassworks offering glass blowing classes. My niece and I spent around $80 and both learned to blow glass balls. It was a super fun experience with a beautiful souvenir.

We had a lot of good weather and I taught my boys to catch snakes in Aunt Judy’s back yard. It may have been as much fun for me as the boys. As a child it was one of my favorite perks of visiting my Aunt in Oregon.

Before we left, my awesomely creative cousin helped design decals for my new mini van(the main reason we came to Oregon) and made the idea become reality. I love the way it turned out! It was sad when it was finally time to hit the road and say goodbye to my family but exciting to start another adventure in travel. Now to drive from Oregon to Canada!