Runaway Monday

Monday morning reared it's Monday-shaped head, and we just HAD to run away from home. (Working from home can be a wonderful thing, but it's hard to take real time off.) .
The sun was shining (as good an excuse as any) so we loaded up the car and headed up the coast. Firewood, marshmallows, and hot dogs were bought. Sleeping bags were rolled. Children were gathered. We pointed the car towards Cape Lookout State Park, about an hour north of us, hoping that we might be able to rent a yurt when we arrived. We were not disappointed. Yay! We had never stayed in a yurt before. It was really fun.

We arrived in time to see the sunset over the ocean. Then we built a fire and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. We played "Make me laugh" as long as we could stand it. Perhaps the best part is that I got more than monosyllabic grunts out of my 13-year-old son.

The beach was right there, and the sound of the waves was lovely and sleep-inducing. The next day, we took the long way home.
We went though dairy country (pretty, but smells like cow poop), then back along the beautiful coastal scenic route.There's a little town on the way back (Pacific City) that has a population of feral rabbits that live behind one of the hotels. They were so cute, and came to take grapes and peanut butter cereal right out of our hands.
All getaways should include bunnies, don't you think?


  1. OH! so wonderful! I miss the NorthWest SO MUCH! Those are my old stompping grounds. So beautiful! your trip sounded amazing! so glad you could get away.

  2. This looks like a very unique little getaway. How fun!

  3. Cool! Looks like a blast too!!! Awww... I love bunnies.
    I'm used to the cow poop smell. :> )

  4. yes...bunnies!
    This sounds amazing!

  5. That yurt looks amazing!

  6. So glad you got a few days to get away and staying in a yurt sounds great. I didn't realize they had taken the Mongolian herdsman's design and used it in the parks--wonderful and I loved the rabbits as well. Do I see a new rabbit figure being inspired from this trip?

    Have a great week Jo!!

  7. It is ever so nice to hear that ultra creative,expressive(-and I can only assume slightly eccentric-),interesting people produce monosyllabic grunting teenage boys too.
    BTW...any idea where one might find a magical,communication-inducing Yurt here on the East Coast...?

    Glad you got a break.
    Can't wait to see your next assortment of characters...hoping to win some in the not-so-distant future!

    Your Canadian Sister,

  8. State parks are the absolute best for getaways, and very reasonable too (at least here in PA)! Wish we had yurts though, hehe...

    The Oregon coast is sooooooo beautiful. I haven't seen it since I was a kid - thanks for sharing the photos. :)

    ~ Carolee

  9. I want to come visit you..............can I? Huh, huh, pretty please???? I promise that I will do more than grunt...........LOL Those pics are beautifully gorgeous!!!! I want to sleep in a yurt! THey sure look pretty homey inside and I love the little skylight/dome. You are a lucky girl Jo!!

    Hugs, *Lorikins

  10. What a cool place! Looks like a lot of fun and a great place to relax. :)

  11. THat's so neat, my son and his new wife spent their honeymoon in a yurt in upstate Idaho in Jan 09. I had never hurd of a yurt before that, and now this is twice...very cool and interesting! Robin


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