**This is the first in, hopefully, a series of posts to get myself caught up on the summer and documenting our lives, now with baby in tow. **
Not sure when this tradition started but for many years we have celebrated Pete’s birthday by taking a weekend to camp at Nehalem Bay State Park in Manzanita. You never know quite what you’ll get with June weather–typically it’s a bit less than warm and often with some sprinkles. Now and again you’ll get a beautiful weekend, but we never hold our breath for that. This year when the conversation came up about the annual birthday trip we reassured him that we’d be excited to go to the coast and give Sage her first camping experience. It turned out that this was one of the more wet birthday weekends in the recent past, but we made the most of it.
Thankfully one of Pete’s most recent projects, the “Super Tent” gave us the warmth and protection from the rain that we needed. We spent most of the weekend hanging out in the tent, napping, reading, and playing with Sage. There was a bit of a break on Sunday and we were able to hit Short Sands for a couple of hours of surfing.
It also happened to be Father’s Day weekend and I think John was able to spend the day exactly how he would have wanted: With his daughter at the beach and catching a few waves. That wish might change in the future to be surfing with his daughter (he’s already talking to her about it ;-)). Our weekend ended in a Dad’s Day cookout at the Carlsen’s of Cannon Beach. Catching up with friends, admiring new babies, and enjoying a delicious spread of food. A great end to the weekend!
Sage did great on her first camping trip. Being in a campground, I was anxious about waking people up, but we figured it out and she managed just fine. We’re hoping she’ll be as much of a fan of the outdoors as we are and we did our best this summer to make sure she had a few opportunities to try it out. More to come on the other adventures!