Started the morning with a walk on the trail again, but this time Hannah joined me. We did a 2 miles jaunt, and then yoga. Refreshed we woke the rest of the family to eat breakfast. Breakfast once again was delicious, especially since it was included in the cost of the room. The day was going to involve some car repairs.
Pete generously helped Tim fix our rear brakes, which had been growling at us since Washington. The brake repair was more involved than expected and they did not even give us the right rotar. The brakes took until 3 pm PST most of the day was gone. The plan was for Bri to take the girls to see the city and Pete to take the boys. Bri left with the girls to look for books, while Pete stayed behind. Tim and I were suppose to have a kid free day, but our plan changed. Pete's truck was acting up and I didn't want him to risk the truck breaking down.
Tim, Pete, me, and the boys took off for Patrick Point State Park. The road was rocky up to the park and dirt covered
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in places. The park was $8 to enter and well worth the expense. We drove through the park roads to a view that spanned for miles. There were trails to cliff sides that overlooked the ocean. We climbed a path were Issac found a rock to climb and we could see the ocean with its rocky breaks. We climbed down the trail. Then began to climb another trail to the top of a rock that stood what seemed like miles above the ocean floor. The view could only be described as surreal.
I uttered to my boys as they climbed close to the edge to stop for fear they would fall to their deaths. Walking down was much worse than the walk up as it seemed steeper. We jutted off the beaten path to another path that allowed you to climb rocks that pierced the ocean waters. The path was quite treacherous and I found myself fearful the children would get hurt. While we stood on the rocks a vulture swooped toward the ocean. I told the kids that the vulture was looking for the last person who fell in. After some rock climbing we headed back
up the hill. It was rough for me and I compete in lot's of running races. At this point we had 4,000 steps and 33 floors in per fit bit.
Before we left the park we found a family that had a flat tire. Tim offered our tire pump. We bought when had a near flat in Seattle. The family was very grateful. Interestingly they were from Michigan and headed in the direction we just came from to see Yellowstone. They replied as they drove off, "God puts people in places for a reason." It felt great to do a good deed.
The next stop was Trinidad. Trinidad is an awesome place with little shops and a great beach. The wind was crisp at this point and I had on a heavy jacket. There were a few dead jelly fish on the beach. A couple dogs played fetch and a big lab brought us her stick to throw. The kids played on the beach for a little bit before Bri and the girls met us at the park. I wanted to desperately see seals or some wildlife, so Pete took us to another ocean
overlooking trail. It was a half mile trail through a tree canopy with evergreen needles covering the floor.
The path led to an overlook where seals laid on the beach. The seals looked like stones on the beach and were difficult to see from the point. After seeing the seals it was a walk down a rickety path with broken stairs to the top of a rock. The wind was blistering and everyone stood on the edge of the rock looking out at the ocean for miles. Maybe we would see a whale passing by, but with no such luck. A couple pelicans flew by swooping to the ocean trying to pick up some fish. Then it was time to trek back to the path for us. The path was covered with wild lilies, irises, and something that resembled corral bells.
This trail resulted in 4,000 more steps and 15 more floors. Back in the car we drove to Bri and Pete's who had generously offered to keep the kids for the night. Tim and I left our kids wishing Bri and Pete luck. No kids meant a little alone time, so we found
a steak house a short walk from the hotel. Shamus T. steakhouse was a phenomenal dinner with a view of the sun setting over the Elk river. It had a Tesla coil in the middle of the restaurant that lit the whole place up. After dinner we went back to the hotel and crashed out. I wanted to swim, but once again exhaustion had other ideas.
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