I know it's the end of the week, but since we got home we've been really busy. We ended up arriving in Dallas shortly after 6am on Tuesday. Upon arrival, we headed down to the baggage claim to wait for our luggage. We waited . . . and waited . . . and waited. Nothing. Nate headed over to notify the airport staff that our luggage had not arrived. She scanned our luggage claim ticket and found out that the luggage had actually arrived the night before. It was just in another terminal. How our luggage got an earlier flight is a mystery. It would have been nice if we could have been on that flight as well. We then headed over to the other terminal, found our luggage (after a lot of searching) and finally headed home. We arrived home around 7:30am and I've never been happier to be home. What a long day that was. Luckily, both Nate and I had off work. Nate took a sick day and I used another vacation day. Our first order of business when we arrived home was to sleep. We had no problem accomplishing that.
We did have a great time in Oregon and I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you.
This first picture was taken out at the coast at Cape Kiwanda which is in Pacific City, Oregon. This is also the location where Nate proposed. We climbed the hill in the picture, walked out through the trees, and sat on the rocks looking over the ocean. I first found this place with my dad. I can still remember sitting up on top with my dad and thinking that this would be a great location for someone to propose to me. I didn't tell my dad that and I didn't tell Nate that. But it happened just like I hoped.
Each time Nate and I go to Oregon we try and find a way to come out to the coast. Unfortunately, we didn't spend much time at Cape Kiwanda this trip. We began walking along the coast, but it was really cold. We were determined to stick it out though because this is a special place for us. We managed to stick it out for about 5 minutes . . . . until the sleet began pelting us. Boy did that sting our faces. So, we made a beeline for the car and took this beautiful picture from inside the warmth of the car.
I know you are all probably wondering about this next picture. Yes, we spent time llama chasing. But here's the story to go with it. My parents (that's my dad in the picture, along with Nate) live out in the country. Their closest neighbor is a veterinarian. This neighbor has a small flock of sheep, two llamas, some dogs and cats. I'm not sure if they have any other animals or not. Those are the ones I'm aware of. (Just as a side note, my parents and their neighbor share part of the drive. When you're about half way up, the neighbor's driveway veers of to the right and my parents veers off to the left.)
My parents, Nate, and I were returning to my parents house after eating dinner out. As we drove up the road we spotted a llama standing in the middle of the road by the driveway. My dad rolled down his window and said, "Long John, what are you doing out here?" The silly llama actually looked at my dad when he said his name. It turned out to be one of the neighbors llamas. We have no idea how the llama got out of the field. My dad drove up to our house and parked the car. I ran inside to grab my camera because I didn't want to miss this.
We walked back down the driveway and found Long John across the road in another neighbor's front yard. Nate was able to get the llama to head back up the neighbor's driveway and I quickly snapped this picture. Yes, the llama was headed straight for me. I wasn't sure what to do because he was moving fast. So I stood there. I was hoping the llama would decide to run around me instead of into me. He did indeed run around me and I've never been closer to a llama.
Well, this silly llama was not about to go where we wanted. He did cross the road, but then began walking along the fence to the field looking for a way in. We wanted him to go up our driveway and back into the veterinarian's yard, but Long John kept walking the opposite direction. Eventually he turned around and headed back towards the driveway, so the three of us spaced ourselves out and stayed behind him so that we could "herd" him in the right direction. We were almost to the driveway when the neighbor drove up (it was just the wife and the two kids). She saw us and then saw Long John and proceeded to "herd" Long John by cutting him off with the car and forcing him to go up the driveway. Long John is fairly smart. Once he reached the fork in the driveways he stood there briefly and then turned and head up the neighbor's driveway. Apparently he knew where he belonged. After the neighbor got him back in the field with the sheep and the other llama she came over and thanked us. I learned that they actually have the llama's to protect the sheep from coyotes. Interesting. I guess the llama's will chase the coyotes. I would probably run as well if a llama was chasing me. Oh . . . wait . . . nope, I just stood there while a llama ran towards me. Hmmm, maybe I'm not the brightest. :-)