Monday, October 19, 2020

Escape To The Coast

For so long now we have been the picture book example of the quarantined couple, going nowhere except doctors appointments. Family and friends coming together to take care of any needs that would require exposure. We are fortunate to have Menagerie Manor to keep us busy filling our days with necessary chores and the joys of nature all around us. But MeMa has been through so much not only with Covid but especially the cancer. We were sitting having our morning coffee and chat about nothing too important and I brought up her approaching birthday and the fact that we usually spend it at the beach. So on a whim I called our favorite Motel just to see if "our" room was available. It was, so I booked it. We having been staying at the Ester Lee for years now and always book the "Crows Nest" for several reasons. It is one of the few dog friendly rooms, no smoking, it's the largest room and it is the only upper level room with its ocean view that gives one the most stunning sunsets.

When we arrived the staff had posted a birthday wish for MeMa.

We were so excited to see how Roxy would react to the ocean. In typical terrier style as soon as her feet hit the sand, excitement filled her little body and she pulled at the leash heading for the surf. She did oblige us a quick photo op.

But that done she headed for the surf.

The incoming waves just totally fascinated the little stinker and she pulled MeMa trying catch each one only to have it disappear before her.

Then it happened, she caught one or one of them caught her before MeMa could snatch her up. Roxy got a soaking and her excitement turned to panic. Not what we wanted to happen but the wave came in strong and quicker than MeMa could react.

The rest of our stay Roxy preferred the beach from this vantage point, in the comfort of our room.

The ocean side of our room is floor to ceiling windows that give one the most stunning views.

.....and the most beautiful sunsets

We had a wonderful time quarantined at the beach. It involved extra work on my part wiping down all surfaces with disinfecting wipes even though the staff took extra care in cleaning according to new rules placed on all establishments because of Covid. 

This coastal respite was just what we needed, but for some reason we were both happy to be home once again. MeMa was rewarded with a handful of raspberries off my plants. 
October and still picking berries in Oregon no less.


  1. Just look at Roxy, standing down those waves from the top floor window!
    Happy birthday, MeMa, and I hope you have even more raspberries this year.

  2. What a lovely respite for you both, overlooking the ocean and enjoying a few days of "normal"...
    Wishing MeMa a Happy Birthday, and many more of them.

  3. How wonderful that you could get your room and maintain some traditions in this most untraditional year! Cheers to Roxy for trying new things with gusto. And especially, Happy Birthday Marjie!!

  4. Beautiful view and a nice respite.

  5. Happy Birthday MeMa. That view looks wonderful - it was great that you could have your usual room. I fully understand being happy to be home again.

    1. Thank you Susan, I believe it was just what she needed.