I spent the morning of my 27th birthday in Bandon, Oregon, eating chocolate cake on the beach.
I could live in Bandon. I said that about pretty much every town we visited on our road trip but I really meant it about Bandon.
We didn't have much time to spend there (Bandon is over 500 miles from the Canadian border) so we couldn't do much exploring, but we will definitely go back one day (and when we do, we'll be staying at the Best Western Inn at Face Rock and eating at Bandon Bill's Grill again because we received excellent customer service at both. Seriously, best customer service I have encountered in a long time (and not just because they gave us free chocolate cake when Shawn told them it was my birthday.))
I could have stayed on the beach and listened to the waves crash all day long.
From Bandon we made our way to the Oregon sand dunes. Back in the planning stages of our road trip, the guys were quite adamant that we atv on the sand dunes. I was less enthusiastic. I was assured that if I did not want to participate I wouldn't have to. Fast forward to the bullshit guilt trip I got from Shawn in front of our road trippin' peeps and the owner of the atv rental guy about how atv-ing wouldn't be any fun without me and how could I ditch the group when we'd done everything as a group so far. Bullshit! So I went atv-ing on the sand dunes on my birthday. (Do you know what we did on Shawn's birthday this year? We went on a boat trip in the Dominican Republic and drank rum all day. Just sayin'.)
So it turns out that the dunes are actually quite pretty. I'm not an atv convert now or anything like that but it was ... kind of fun. Not fun like "oh I want to do that again!" but fun like "eh. We went fast. No one died."
The rest of the day was spent driving (oh, so much driving) and stimulating Oregon's economy at the outlet stores (Dear J.Crew: I love you. Come to Canada. Kisses, Hillary)
We arrived home at 3am Tuesday morning. And then I died a little because I had to be up for work in 4 short hours and we had no clean laundry and someone (whose name starts with an 'S' and end with a 'hawn') left the bathroom light on before we left and we got home too late to pick up the puppies so I had no one to cuddle with except for Shawn and that wasn't happening (did I mention the atv-ing? on my birthday.) However. The road trip was an awesome experience. I saw places and things I've always wanted to see (and some that I never wanted to see. sand dunes. ahem.) I got to spend many consecutive days with Shawn which is a difficult thing to co-ordinate with our busy schedules. I'm not saying I'm up for another road trip any time soon but I'm not ruling it out in the future. As long as there are no atv's involved.