The Oregon coast is immensely beautiful. We arrived at SO's friend's beach house at around 6pm and they immediately dashed off to go surfing despite the cloudy chillyish weather. Not knowing how to swim, let alone surf, I curled up on one of the many comfy chaises under a blanket and started reading the latest Dresden File book: Ghost Story. (I have to say, this "beach house" was not like any sort of casual summer home I've ever seen. Not that I've been to so many beach houses, but I was pretty blown away by the place. I'm certain I will not have a home this lovely as my primary establishment ever.)
For dinner, SO threw together a simple but lovely meal in the remarkable kitchen (pasta not shown) and we accompanied our dinner with several glasses/bottles of wine. This naturally led to an impromptu dance party in the kitchen until a polite neighbor asked us to be more quiet. At that point I was already horizontal, first on the carpet, and then on the sofa, half asleep. Maybe more like 3/4 asleep.
The next day, while SO and PH went to collect breakfast from a nearby bakery, I took a mug of coffee with me on a little walk along the beach. It was beautiful and quiet and helped to chase my hangover away. After breakfast, SO and PH went surfing while GS and I went on a hike up Neahkahnie Mountain near Short Sands. I don't have pictures yet (edit: now I do!) because I managed to forget my camera at home in a fit of idiocy (I was charging the battery and then totally forgot about it), but I will have them soon hopefully. It was 2.5 miles up the mountain and the same path down; the view from the top was very striking, although I felt a little precarious, clinging up on the rocks. I've actually always been afraid of heights, even though I appreciate the view. It was lucky that SO and I happen to wear the same size shoes as she was able to lend me her hiking sandals. I ended up with a couple of blisters still, but I'm sure I would have ended up with sprained ankles had I attempted the hike in my flip flops.
After the hike, we joined the others at Short Sands. GS went to surf and I continued my book, resting on the beach against a log. We then went back to the house for dinner on the deck before coming back to the city. The night didn't actually end there though; since it was GS's last day in town, we went to Fez for their 80s and 90s dance night. I loooooove dancing and don't really do it often enough so I had a huge blast. The combined effects of drinking, hiking, dancing and then my 9:30am exercise class this morning left me pretty stiff and sore the rest of today though. Aside from a brief stint in lab, I've been doing some light cleaning and finishing my book. All in all, a lovely mini-holiday. I can't wait to return to the coast!