we kept pretty busy getting out and about to adventure during our time at seaside, visiting the cheese factory, cannon beach and all things goonies in astoria, and the lewis and clark park. but, some other cool stuff happened in between.
inside, we were greeted by victor, the ginormous (dead) lobster. he was caught off the maine coast and didn’t sell in the supermarket because of his huge size ($$$$). he eventually became a popular attraction at the seaside aquarium, before some dude tried to abduct him in 1994. when he was confronted, he dropped victor, cracking his shell, and eventually killing him. at the time of his death, victor was 28 lbs and estimated to be 80 years old. the lobsternapper recieved 120 hours of community service, an $800 fine (to pay for taxidermy), and 18 months probation. you can read more about victor, here.
anyhoooooo…. the aquarium was really just two rooms. one small one when you first enter, with a big tank of seals. (more on that later). and one bigger room, with tanks all around the perimeter. we moved along leisurely, checking out the ocean creatures.
for $2, you can buy a little bowl of tiny fish parts that you can toss over to the seals. the seals, seeing and smelling dead fish, do all they can to persuade you to throw the fish in their direction. some flap at their chests. some do tricks in the water. and some aggressive ones splash you.
in my neverending quest to purge and downsize, anna offered to sit out at a yard sale. we didn’t have a single customer, though and ended up carting it all to the thrift store. and i paid anna $15 for sitting with it all day and donating a bunch of her junk.
while at seaside, we also officially kicked off the school year. while i’ve mostly been unschooly in my approach to education, we felt like we needed a we bit more structure around here. also, with isaac being middle school aged and also not very motivated, it was time to beef up his curriculum a bit. despite some protests the night before, our first day went smoothly.
hazel even joined the back to school fun. i downloaded the app “teach my monster to read” and she’s blasting through it. she’s only four, but has been dying to learn to read, so we will see what happens.
and now. for some downtime around the camper moments…
she also dropped off a quilt she had started (hand cutting and sewing the entire top). i finished up the backing, basted it, and quilted it for her. and then, in a further development, sewed on the binding. a small price to pay for the sweet mug.
and, that pretty much covers our time in seaside oregon. time to head up the coast and into washington…