What a Great Day
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First watch, 2 bells (9:08 pm)

We had a blast today, and I don't know when I'll be back to having a regular Internet connection so I'll fill you in on tomorrow's plans.

In the morning, we're going to go on a whale-watching cruise out of Depoe Bay. Then we're going to meander up the coast and check out some tidepools, then hit the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Oh yeah. Because we're all about the cheddar. Then we'll be on our way back to Portland.

I took some fantastic pictures of the animals this morning at the Safari Park. I don't have a good way to sort and edit them until I get home though, so you'll just have to wait.

I think we walked at least four miles on beaches today, too. My feet are killing me. Fortunately, we brought our Wellies and didn't get any sand in our shoes. They also let us go in to the water a ways, which is why we like them.

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Greetings from the Ocean
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Morning watch, 7 bells (7:49 am)

Waking up and hearing the ocean is a wonderful thing. I'm sitting in our suite in a Best Western in Bandon Oregon (Inn at Face Rock). We left Eugene (okay, technically Creswell but I don't expect you to know where that is) yesterday at about 5pm. We drove the back roads to Florence and decided to turn south instead of north this time.I'm glad we did. Our first idea was to stop in Coos Bay, but it wasn't much of a destination, so we kept going. We ended up stopping here in Bandon. It's not much of a town, at least what I saw of it last night, but it's nice. I've been having spotty cell service all along the coast (no surprise there), but the Best Western has free Wifi (w00t!).

When we checked in we found out that the receptionist was from Idaho and when we mentioned today is our anniversary she upgraded us from the normal room to the honeymoon suite! And sweet it is. Not only does it have a fantastic view of the ocean, it also has a fireplace and a jacuzzi tub big enough for at least three people. The bathroom (the one with the shower, there are two bathrooms in this suite!) is tiled with Italian stone, it's gorgeous stuff.

We had dinner at Bandon Bill's Seafood Grill, and (as usual) I had the fish and chips. They were above my par for fish and chips, though not the best I've ever had—that honor still resides with England, and more specifically a chip shop in Bath. We sat and at and watched the sun set over the beach. Then we walked down to the beach, but it was windy and cold. The tide was coming in so we took that as a cue.

The bed is firm, as I like it, but has a pillow top that feels extra soft. I don't think I so much as rolled over all night. Now I'm kicking back and listening to the ocean, plus a few cars that pass by. It is lightly raining now, but I won't let that spoil my wonderful morning. After breakfast, we'll leave the "westernmost Best Western in the continental US" and head over to the West Coast Game Safari Park for a Walking Safari. We had no idea there was such a thing on the Oregon coast! It's also a "Petting Park" and they have the cutest leopard cubs on their front page, go see it!

Afterwards, the plan is to head back north until we want to stop again. This is the life. Once we hit Tillamook we'll turn towards Portland but I don't know if that'll be today.

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