Like for example on the drive down I learned about the Delphian School - ever heard of it?? Don't feel bad, neither had I - which surprises me kinda, beings I'm in Education and was also a Theology Minor and did a big research project for one of my classes in Modern/Contemporary Religions on Scientology...anyway the Delphian School is on the road to the beach...past Dundee, a little before Spirit Mountain Casino (and yes, I know I landmarked wine country and casino - but let's be real, I am my mother's daughter...but don't pretend like we're the only two people that make stops along the way...I would have land marked the fruit shack right at the OR-18 junction off 99 where they make the BEST strawberry shortcake of all time...but my guess is the other two are a bit more common) At any rate - did you know the Delphian School is a Scientology boarding school? The have around 250 students (it's up on this secluded hillside) - Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman sent one of their older adopted daughters there - it's only a bargain deal of ...ready for this?? $42,000 PER YEAR!!!
Or did you know there used to be a mini amusement park right at the 101/OR-18 junction? A tiny past the itty bitty town of Otis? Apparently my parents had heard of it - my mom had even visited it a couple of times when she was little!! It was only open for 4 years - it was called Pixieland - Not sure what happened to it, I think maybe they were just too ambitions especially considering there are only about 2 months out of the year that an outdoor amusement park would really even be visted at the Oregon Coast...it was a 57-acre park. They brought in 2 prior Disney employees to help design, build, and operate the park...totally cool!! The character has a striking resemblance to Peter Pan, if you ask me...
Anyway, must be the history lover in me - but I think things like this are AWESOME! But I also think fun days on the beach are awesome to - don't worry I'm not always boring...
Here are some pictures and notes of things we did over the weekend!! It was a perfectly needed weekend of fun!
Me and the momma!! Walking on the beach...
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While I was busy working so was my mom and her friend Karetta...My mom found this contest in her Food Network magazine...so they spent the entire hour working on the perfect name.
On Friday evening we went up to our neighbors house to visit, watch the sunset, hang out....sister and I got Tillamook ice cream on the way up, ended up having a word find competition and spent 30 minutes trying to find the song they use in the trailer for that new disney movie "Brave"...oh the important things you do while on vacation....LOVE.
It was an awesome trip to the beach! Outlet mall shopping, beach walking, tv watching, lounging, reading, lots of scattergories/yatzee playing, yummy food, birthday cake, and fun good laughs with the family!!
On a side note - I can't hardly believe I'll be 27 years old tomorrow...WOW!! When did I grow up so fast!? I'm not sure everything in my life is exactly how I had planned it to be at this age...but I'm starting to learn that's the beauty of life! And learning to appreciate the things that truly bring me joy and happiness!! I'm lucky!! Amazing family, fantastic friends, healthy, happy and ready to take on my late 20's!! Cheers to the next chapter in life - excited to see what God has in store for me!