A Bender Reunion Part 2

The reunion continued! Clearly it was a good trip 🙂

Sunday I started off with another run, this time only 4 miles but I climbed 500 ft in those 4 miles. To put into context a normal run at home is about 50 ft in elevation gain. But hey, good hill training for Tulsa!

For this route I headed a different way a little more inland so I got to see about 10 deer! This little family was so close I could almost reach out and touch them. Gotta be careful on the roads up there, #savebambi

I was solo on this run, but come to find out Dad followed almost the exact same path I did on his walk. We Benders think alike I guess! Also ironic, my pace was even worse with those steep hills 12:40, meanwhile Dad speed walked with a 13:40 pace… seriously he speed walks nearly as fast as I run.

After our morning work outs we toured some more of the Oregon coast, this time we checked out the Aquarium .

It was really a cute little aquarium and we had a good time chasing the little guy around. Most of the cousins went that day too so we got to hang out with the fam. My brother used to volunteer at the Long Beach Aquarium back in CA so I think he enjoyed being back in that environment.

Of course I take any and all opportunities to act like a child, so I had to pose in the aquarium!

Apparently this behavior runs in the family… I found someone shared this picture of my parents 🙂

At the end of our aquarium tour my nephew burnt some more energy playing on the little playground with his second cousin and my brother attempted to photograph. I wonder what I was thinking in this picture… probably why did I wear booties to walk around in all day?

Since we were already a little further south, my parents and I walked around the town of Bayfront a little longer. The highlight was definitely the sea lions chilling by the pier. But boy were they loud!

After heading back to Lincoln City we split off into a couple of groups for family dinner, but most importantly it was Sunday night so I had to find a way to watch Game of Thrones. Thankfully I wasn’t alone in my obsession for ‘The Song of Ice and Fire’, but unfortunately the wifi was terrible there and the TV did not have HBO. After my cousin and I struggled for about an hour to get the darn episode to load, we were finally able to stream it on my work laptop sitting next to the router. I’m sure everyone else in the house thought we were crazy, but missing GoT is not an option.

Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to all the family. Well first I squeezed in another run… because #marathontraining, then the brother took off and everyone else drove home in the morning. I had an afternoon flight and the parents were staying an extra day so we hit up one more site on the way to the airport, the Evergreen Air and Space Museum. I am already a member of the Perot Museum in Dallas so I even got to go in free as part of their science museum deal.

Above is the one and only Spruce Goose! Largest plane ever made, and I didn’t know it but it was actually made out of wood! I really need to go back and watch the Aviator. It used to be on display in Long Beach so I had technically seen it when I was 2 or 3 years old, but I certainly didn’t remember it. You could even go inside of it!

The rest of the museum was really neat but we didn’t get to spend nearly enough time there. We all said we could go back and spend a full day going through it, the space part was even bigger and we barely saw it. Alas we will just have to do another trip to Oregon to visit the family!

And with that it was time for me to take off! Not in the old Air Force plane though. Back home this week and back to flatter running. Although I just found out I’m taking an impromptu trip next week to Yosemite! So more travel posts to come soon!