We went to Newport for a mini-vacation this Friday and Saturday. The weather was chilly but we were on the beach within 20 minutes of checking in to the hotel. There’s not one of us that doesn’t love the Pacific and we cannot wait, all shedding our shoes and grinning as we run towards it. I’ve always wanted to run on the beach and finally tried it. It isn’t as easy as it looks, that sand is as hard as concrete! I only made it a half mile before my shins complained too loudly and I had to walk the rest out. John was waiting when I got back to take a photo-what?!! Honey, no woman wants a photo of herself after working out! All sweaty?! I protested and gallant Caleb rushed to my rescue. “I’ll cover you up Mama!”
The main reason we went was to see the “Tall, Tall Ships”, two reproduction 18th century ships which had come down from Grays Harbor, WA. Here we are on the “Hawaiian Chieftain” Saturday morning. It was our favorite of the 2 ships, and since we got there right as they opened we had the tour guide fresh and all to ourselves. She showed us everything personally and answered our many questions very patiently.
A few hours later (and after SEVERAL lattes-it was quite cold and drizzly) we toured the “Lady Washington”. She’s larger, with more masts. Built to replicate the original Lady Washington, a cargo ship that was converted to a privateer during the Revolutionary War. After the war she was the first American ship to dock on the Pacific Coast! It was crowded and the tour guides busy so this ship wasn’t as fun but still need to see, and especially since we are studying American History this year.
Last Spring Josiah read a certain # of books in order to participate in the local Library’s jelly-bean counting contest. He was thrilled to win 2nd place, which was a free ticket to the Newport Aquarium. However, it was an extra $40 plus for us all to go. Since it was too cold to play on the beach and none of us wanted to go home, Dad surprised the boys (and me!) with admission. The last time we went was 5 years ago and it was nice to see how much more the kids understood and enjoyed now that they are not 3, 5 and 7 years old. And, how much more Mom could enjoy it when she was no longer chasing little boys!
The sharks were a favorite! They have a clear tank you can walk through, where live ones swim over and around you…it was amazing. There was a diver in full gear, washing the windows from the inside. Caleb added that to his running list of possible job occupations.
The weather wasn’t the best (and I wouldn’t recommend the Shiloh Inn) but all in all it was a wonderful little break and we came home really refreshed.