Words and photography by Carolee Beckham.
Oregon was our destination, Utah our starting point. A week spent with family, cousins, and grandparents at the beach. Tide pools, sand dunes, water play, and yummy food: it was an endless array of fun. But with two kids under the age of 4, it wasn’t enough to just drive straight through. There were stops, things to see, time spent stretching our legs and taking a break. 2,100 miles there and back. Utah, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada and finally Utah again.
We stayed at a lovely beachfront property in Lincoln City, Oregon. Cape Kiwanda was less than an hour from where we stayed and was definitely a day trip that I am glad we made. A walk on the beach at sunset and a morning adventure through the tidepools were just some of the highlights from our time there on the Oregon coast.
The ride home took us through Northern California were we stayed at a motel on the outskirts of Alturas, California. This motel was quaint and welcoming by more than just the staff. The mosquitoes really made us feel wanted and welcome.
After getting out the extra wiggles with some jumping around, we hit the road again and crossed over to Nevada, on through Route 50, the loneliest highway in the US. We stayed the night in a quirky small mining town in the middle of nowhere. And felt lucky to have found the quaintest B&B. Our morning started off with a yummy breakfast of French toast and by midday we were home once again.