Sunday, September 28, 2008

the ocean and family again...

We left Southbeach and headed for Ocean Shores, WA to spend some time at Western Horizon Resort and transfer Dick's brother and his wife's membership into our name(thanks so much, Guy and Joan--this will really help us). A little more complicated than that but it's done now. We spent some time snooping around this area but no pictures.

One big thing Dick wanted to do was visit his sister in Westport, Wa, so off we went. We arrived at the state park in Westport set-up camp and then took a drive south to washaway beach.

Several years ago Mother Nature decided to change the shoreline, and "ate up" homes, highway, shoreline, etc. The highway had to be moved, despite the best efforts of man to save the area. This is the end of the highway (today). Yes, that's the ocean just over the edge.
Then on to Tokeland, which Dick's dad had thought would be the "next Westport". A lovely little fishing village.
This is the site of the store and motel which Dick's parents ran in Tokeland in the late '50's or early '60's. The buildings are long gone, but the concrete of the tennis court in the back is still there. We met a woman who has lived there for years and confirmed that this was indeed the site. This building sits on the site of the old store and gas pumps. Built after it all burnt to the ground.
Debbie came to visit us on Friday afternoon/evening, and we had a great walk on the beach with the dogs.
Then that night Doll (Dick's sister) with her chihuhua Cabella joined us for dinner and a fire, along with Deanna, Darin and Daisy.

Saturday morning Daisy thoroughly enjoyed Gramps' huckleberry pancakes! She tried to pick the huckleberries out at first, but them got the hang of it.
After breakfast we went for a walk on the beach, with Daisy and CC leading. Daisy saw the water and she was gone.

The Gemmers all enjoyed the beach, especially Daisy.

A future surfer? (Maybe her second cousin Adam could help?)

Later Saturday Michelle and three of her four kids joined us at Dolls'. It was Jackie's birthday, so she was thrilled to have all three of the girls come and share it with her. Can you see that everyone is having a great time?!!
A view of the Westport docks from Doll and Dave's.
Dick and his "baby sister". They really are having fun, really!

It looks like either Michelle or Deanna got a hold of Dad's camera.
Jacob,who is about to have a birthday himself.
And Michelle with Cabella. Somehow we didn't get any pictures of Maya and Macey, who were also along. For those, check Deanna's blog.

Gram and Daisy on the beach on Sunday morning. Daisy had decided to sit in the wet sand, and no one else wanted to pick her up. Gram's coat can always be washed, right?
Sunday afternoon as the Gemmers were leaving, Uncle Dave got home from a hunting trip. We were invited to a roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinner--who could refuse? So here is Dave, sharing some of the leftovers with his three dogs and Shadow, their friends' dog. Think he has their attention? (We can't believe CC wasn't there, too, as she was in the house.)
It was a wonderful time spent in Westport. Now we're off to Cape Disappointment on the south coast of Washington, then on to Oregon.


Anonymous said...

great pix Dad! And look, proof that Uncle Dave really exists!!

Amy said...

looks like a fun trip!

Debbie said...

I miss you guys already! Come back to WA soon!!!