Monday, May 31, 2010

spring break

Spring Vacation - we all had a full 2 weeks off and decided to take a FABulous roadtrip.
First stop - the beautiful desert in bloom!

The pond behind the Compton's high desert home always attracts birds and wildlife.  On the horizon you can see where the shuttle lands when weather's bad in Florida.

Caitlyn, Grandma and Grandpa - scouting potential hiding places for snipes.

Our half-way point from CA coast to Oregon coast - Anderson, CA.  This is a luxury eco-hotel, Gaia.  In the background is a salt-water pool! (We didn't try it.)
The rooms are set around 'pod' units, each with private patio and lounge chairs.  Our pod featured a swan nest (behind that lattice).  Here's the daddy protecting his territory.
After two full days on the road, we arrive on the Oregon coast, at the Compton's pad in Netarts (not far from Tillamook).  This is the view from the upper porch - stunning.  The house backs up to an alder forest but you can still hear the surf over the wind in the trees.
The second the sun peeks out - we hit the trail!  Not far from the house is this scenic ocean hike.
After seeing that, you just have to get down on the sand.
Spring time was gorgeous, but we'll be back this summer.  Adding a little backpacking on to the adventure when the weather's better will balance things out nicely :)

Life is sweet!