Once again this year we chose to celebrate Thanksgiving in an untraditional way. Instead of sitting around and making a huge meal and veg’ing for the weekend, we escaped. We are putting our new trailer to good use. Historically we head to the Portland Zoo around this time of year to let the kids see the Zoo Lights, which we have done for a couple of years. We have also gone to Wildlife Safari for their Christmas lights. This year we wanted to visit the Christmas lights at Shore Acres down by Coos Bay, Oregon.
We loaded up the trailer and the kids on Thanksgiving Day and headed south on the Oregon coast. We booked into the campsite at the Mill Casino in North Bend. Not the traditional place to take kids. The RV Park is away from the casino, yet we had all the amenities at the hotel. The kids loved that we could use the hotel pool, the hot tub and, most importantly for them, the arcade. We spent a fair amount of time in the arcade with the kids, aka the kid version of the slot machines. There were several of those machines that you put in $.50 and get a cheap plastic toy. Tristan decided he needed one of the plastic people holding various sports balls. Unfortunately his first attempt got him the soccer ball guy and NOT the baseball guy he really wanted. Three more attempts yielded him the same result. He wanted to try again, but we headed him off. We then used this as a learning experience relating his desire to keep putting money in on the chance that he would get the guy he wanted to the people playing slots down the hall.
In addition to visiting the Christmas lights, playing around the campsite and swimming in the pool, we also went to a couple of beaches. We found two really nice beaches on the way to Shore Acres. The kids loved splashing around in the surf, checking out the tidal pools and digging in the sand. All in all they got wet and messy, not exactly what Dad likes, but I tried to go with the flow.
Our last camping trip to the coast was less than stellar. This trip, however, was fantastic. Everyone got along well; kids interacted well and did not fight.