Leaving the ‘Goon Docks’

Posted in Elizabeth, Family, Friends, Joe, Vacation at 4:31 pm by elagreca

July 2-3 were great (at least for the Goonie-Loving Kid / Adult in me). I purchased take-home suveniers….a few 😳 And I was ready for Cannon Beach 🌊  

My sweatshirt — front and back ❀️☠️❀️

In our last night in the KOA – it was sprinkling on us – and a bit chilly! The kids had a blast. Watching more movies, swimming, Fort Climbing, bike riding, playing babies (with the new baby chair I found at a little sidewalk flea market in town), Baby Ruth’s for dessert and campfires. Oh – and we had the ultimate sleepover. All 5 kids….

We played Cars 2 that night and Grace fell asleep on Connor’s bed – it was so late. Poor baby – we are running her ragged. 

Time to say good-bye to the Goon Docks….not sure when We will be back…I feel so lucky to have been able to come back a 2nd time! What a huge gift. Thanks, hon ☠️❀️☠️

 Packed up and headed south to the famous Cannon Beach! First stop, Cannon Beach Bakery for danishes & donuts πŸ©β˜•οΈ

Time to check out Haystack Rock, the Lighthouse, and Cannon Beach….yay!!!

It’s pretty cold on the beach up here. Not really like San Diego at all. But I still like it 😊 And, kids don’t care. They love the sand and water, no matter what the temp is. 

Our next planned stop was another highlight for me….and the rest of the group…Tillamook Cheese Factory. We had to drive a little over an hour. It was a pretty drive through some really cute beach towns. I wish we could have stopped at some.  But…we have too many kids to make that work and be enjoyable. 

Above: Grace was exhausted by 11:30am, she crawled in my lap and fell asleep within 5 minutes.  

Tillamook Cheese….was a HUGE let down πŸ˜©πŸ˜•πŸ˜©

There are no factory tours right now (and for the next 1 1/2 years) since they are building a new visitor center. We were all so bummed. 

So…we left …. made lunch in the parking lot, and then went to a Fred Meyers (grocery store) and bought 3 different Tillamook ice cream flavors for after dinner. 

We are ready for the 4th of July….even though we have NO idea where we will sleep that night 😳 Our pre-USA, red/white/blue gear….



Astoria (July 2017), Take Two

Posted in Elizabeth, Family, Friends, Joe, Vacation at 3:58 pm by elagreca

****Link from July 2010, 1st Trip to Astoria****

“Heyyyyy Youuuuu Guyyyyssss!!!”


☠️☠️☠️GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!!! ☠️☠️☠️

7 years later, nearly to the day….we are back in Astoria, OR. I ❀️ this place. 

We stopped for pizza & burgers at Geno’s. 

And wouldn’t you know it….THE Goonies house was just up the street. When we got there…we were NOT greeted with the same sign from 7 years ago (see post from 2010)….instead, it was this….

I was devastated. But SO glad I had been up to it 7 years before. These are the best pictures we could get. 

Right down the street is the Elementary school from Kindergarten Cop. 

It was a beautiful day in Astoria. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

We got gas and did our grocery shopping…and headed out to our KOA.

KOA’s are the Disneyland of Camping. Something for everyone. Including….laundry rooms. Yes! Felt good to get some stuff washed. And…guess what movie was showing for the kids at 6pm?!?!! Yup. The Goonies!  And popcorn. All the kids were in heaven….I won’t lie, I loved it, too. 

Joe grilled steak (filet) and baked potatoes for dinner. And I got the kids a special treat for dessert… 

Baby…Ruth….” — Sloth

“Geez Mister, you’re even hungrier than I am!” — Chunk

Sunday Morning….I was ready!!! 

 Yes. I own a Goonies shirt. It’s been waiting in the motorhome….for years. ☠️😍☠️ I am a geek, but I don’t care. 

We headed into Astoria….parked down by the Bowling Alley (Chunk: opening credit scene…pizza & milkshake) 

Grace & I went in — and walked over to the window….so fun! 

Then….down to the Docks (The GoonDocks) 

Flavel House Museum….Mikey’s Dad worked there, boys drove by on their bikes. 

Then the jail house!! It was different than 7 years ago. They had the ‘get-away-car” parked out front….WITH bullet holes!!!! 

So many movies filmed in Astoria…

I want this Nintendo game!!!!

Suveniers for the kids (Mikey’s mable bag filled with jewels x5 πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž) and me 😍 I bought a few things ☠️😳

After clam chowder for lunch…we stopped at the beach – to see the shipwreck. 

It’s past nap time now….The Boov was done. Back to Camp Millions-of-Kids 🀣

A little sand writing before we go…hashtag for the win β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»

….Canon Beach tomorrow 😍😍😍😍


Waterfalls (x2)

Posted in Elizabeth, Family, Friends, Joe, Vacation at 12:00 pm by elagreca

After leaving the fish hatchery, we hoped over (under) the freeway and kicked off this little hike.

…”Don’t go chasing waterfalls”…. 🎢 (But really, you should)

It started off pretty easy and then got harder and hotter. There was a point (I think this always happens in a hike, when it’s blazing hot and you are sweating, and dealing with kid questions/whining), when I ask myself if it’s worth it to keep going. Usually, I will ask someone on the way down…..and if they give the thumbs up πŸ‘πŸ» then I know it’s a good idea to keep moving/climbing.

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