Traveling With Children on a Plane

Bring your magic wand!

Traveling With Children on a Plane

Traveling with children requires expertise. Traveling with children on a plane requires expertise, magical powers, a coat of armor and a heck of a lot of patience.

I was once an expert at the intricacies of keeping track of diaper bag, bottles, binkie and baby; ONE baby. Traveling with more than one child would be like comparing climbing Mt. Hood, challenging enough, to climbing Mt. Everest, requiring a team of sherpas to help manage the basics.

As I write this blog I am traveling solo half way across the United States to visit family. Following the flight I experienced today, I can say I am now an expert at being a co-passenger of parents with children.

I am glad I brought ear plugs.


I am not criticizing or judging fussy babies. I have an inner ear disorder and the prolonged sound of the plane engines can trigger vertigo. When the flight attendants or pilot make announcements I sometimes experience great pain in my ‘bad ear’, depending on the decibel level of the intercom system. I always travel with ear plugs, nice foamy soft ones that block noise really well.

Babies inform us they don’t like change of air pressure

Traveling With Children on a Plane

On today’s first flight there were two young children and their mom seated behind me; a toddler and an infant. First, I applaud the parents for taking on the endeavor (no sherpas in sight). I am sure grandparents were waiting in happy anticipation at the destination. Family is important.

I understand that pressure changes inside the airplane can cause discomfort for tiny ears. Add on the unfamiliar surroundings, loud noises, disruption to routine and, well, I sometimes feel like crying too, by the time I get through security and the crowd and finally buckled up in my seat. Small children can be quite upset and tired by the time the trip is only half underway.

Oh! The things kids might say!

As I traveled this first leg of my trip today with whimpering children behind me, I reminisced about a flight I once made from Portland, Oregon to Boise, Idaho with my then 7 year old granddaughter. It was a one hour flight and pretty easy-peasy as flights go. She, her father and I had flown together to Disneyland the prior summer with no issues, so I thought nothing of our Boise flight.

We were buckled in and waiting for take-off when suddenly, in panic mode, my granddaughter loudly proclaimed several times, “This plane is going to crash! This plane is going to crash!”

Time stood still for a moment as the people in the seat ahead of me turned with eyes targeted on me. The people across the aisle leaned over to look at me. People in seats ahead were standing to look at me. Standing! It was bizarre. I was on stage and I was being judged.

I had traveled by air with my son from the time he was 2 years old and never had he expressed fear of flying. It was me in those early years of motherhood who was afraid to fly. I sweated with anxiety over wild visions of disaster for days prior to a flight, but I lived half a nation away from my family and the only way I could visit them, realistically, was via air travel.

Somewhere over the years I learned to let go and enjoy the marvel of flying. The thrust of the engines as the plane charges down the runway, the thrill of lift off as the ground falls away, the beauty of being above the clouds, and the skill of the pilot as he brings us safely back to earth.

A panicked 7 year old

Traveling With Children on a Plane

But, here I sat with a panicked 7 year old and all eyes on me. I brushed away any ill feelings I imagined from the prying eyes of my fellow passengers. My priority was calming my granddaughter. After numerous reassurances that we weren’t going to crash, that the pilot was an expert flyer, and that Grandpa was waiting in Boise, we were soon backing away from the gate. Fortunately, the movement of taxiing intrigued my granddaughter and she immediately calmed. Once we were airborne with headphones, an iPad, and a root beer, she commented that, “Flying is as simple as riding a bus”. Whew!

Being a co-passenger requires patience and kindness

Yes, I felt for the parents on a very crowded plane today with the toddler who fussed most the trip and the baby who cried, a lot. I didn’t turn to glare at them, I didn’t complain to my neighbor about them, I simply plugged in my ear foamies and was thankful it wasn’t me having to deal with the children.

What stories or advice to you have when traveling with children on a plane? I would love hearing from you.

Make Yachats, Oregon your destination to share the experience of the beautiful Central Oregon Coast with your family. My cozy vacation rental home may be just what you are looking for on your vacation.




Get Your Irish On

Happy St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to Get Your Irish on!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my Irish readers, and all of you who are celebrating St Patrick’s Day, even though you might not be Irish. Get your Irish on by wearing something green, eating something traditionally Irish or by drinking green beer. But, I read a Facebook post this week that stated, “We can’t all be Irish; someone has to drive”.

Get Your Irish On

Today we celebrated with a late lunch. Do they call that ‘linner’ for lunch and dinner combined? Or, ‘lupper’ in the Midwest? Anyway, we had lunch at 2:00 PM. Consequently, we got our Irish on with this tasty meal following a recipe from my Pinterest board named “Recipes that Look Yum”.

This recipe is from Kevin Lynch and is called, “Steak with Guinness Stew with Irish White Cheddar Cauliflower Mash”. Wow! Is it fabuloso. (That is for any Irish/Spanish in my crowd). It came together simply and quickly. I cooked using my cast iron sauce pan since I figure that was  how they would have done so in old Ireland, but I could have chosen to use my trusty and well-used slow cooker, as well.

Get your Irish on with Guinness beer

I enjoy Guinness beer when I am in the mood for dark beer. In fact, 15 ounces of Guinness drought is in the broth of this stew. Along with beef broth, carrots, onions and mushrooms. Oh, and POTATOES. I couldn’t make an Irish stew without potatoes! Additionally, a nice cold Guinness would taste good on the side, as you eat this hearty stew. On another note, this meal would also pair nicely with a good Cabernet Sauvignon. I will save one or the other of those options for a bit later in the day.

Get Your Irish On

I splurged on quality aged cheddar, yup, imported from Ireland, just for this meal. My, my! The cheese mixed with the mashed cauliflower is exquisite. Therefore, this cauliflower mash recipe will serve as a nice side dish for future meals at our house.

I served this stew with the mash on top in my mom’s mid-century baking dish. It is only appropriate to have Mom at my table today, in spirit these days. After all, it was she who instilled a strong sense of pride for our Irish heritage and other ancestral roots to us kids at an early age, even if one of the English ones got kicked out of Massachusetts for his wild religious ideals. We’re good with the Irish though.

Even the Norwegians like Irish Stew

Finally, this stew passed muster with my Norwegian husband, paving the way for it to become a regular go-to meal in the future, long after St. Patrick’s Day has passed.

Enjoy getting your Irish on and keep safe as you celebrate this holiday in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This Irish Prayer is for all of you, whatever your nationality:

“May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.”

Bidh mi ‘gad fhaicinn (I’ll be seeing you).   Barbara at the Sea Anemone.

Foodies Adventure at the Green Salmon

Foodies Adventure at the Green Salmon
Foodies adventures await your visit to our charming coastal town.

A great place to have brunch in Yachats, Oregon

No visit to Yachats is complete without a stop at the Green Salmon. Someone once told me the Green Salmon is “where the locals hang out”. I assumed it to be a quiet little coffee shop where retired local folks gather to swap stories and, perhaps, tourists occasionally venture. Since the Green Salmon closes at 2:00 PM it just seemed to slip from my agenda when I wandered around town. Therefore, read on as I share my foodies adventure at the Green Salmon.

OH MY GOODNESS! I didn’t know what I was missing!

This Blog post is part of the Foodies Adventure series where I highlight restaurants and shops that cater to the epicurean experience in our charming coastal town. Hopefully, you will find the information I supply to be helpful as you plan your Central Oregon Coast vacation in Yachats, Oregon.

Yachats (YA hots) is a perfect getaway for a few days or longer. Nestled serenely between green forests to the east and dramatic ocean waves to the west, you will soon be won over by our small town charm. Yachats is located 25 miles south of Newport on historic and scenic Highway 101.

A beautiful morning at the beach just got better!

I made a point of stopping at the Green Salmon for lunch one day as I headed out of town for the day’s drive home. This cozy place buzzed with energy as tourists and locals stood in line to order. Multiple conversations were in progress at each table with an occasional eruption of laughter. People were happy! Furthermore, people had plates piled with wonderful collections of colorful and aromatic food stuffs with intriguing looking beverages in tow.

Wait! A giant cinnamon roll caught my eye as I stepped aside for the fortunate cinnamon roll owner as she made her way to a nearby table.

An impressive menu board

The menu board behind the order counter runs nearly the length of the building. It is astounding at the variety of coffee drinks, chocolate drinks, vegan drinks and smoothies, some with unique sounding names like, Tsunami Coffee, Clockwork Orange Mocha, and Shroom Tea. Yummy looking breads and bagels provide the base for truly epic sandwiches and wraps. Menu selections like, Chorizo Breakfast Wrap, the tame Sesame Chicken Wrap, and even the Sacred Cow, a vegetarian Rueben sandwich made with tempeh, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese.

Multiple conversations were in progress at each table with an occasional eruption of laughter. People were happy!

Consequently, I ordered my old standby, the Tuna Melt, from which I base my final judgment of casual restaurant worthiness. It was suburb! Crusty bread piled with plenty of tuna topped with a tomato slice and melted cheddar cheese running down to the plate. As a result, it looked like a little castle and the taste would satisfy even the Royals.

Beverages that will knock your socks off!

Foodies Adventure at the Green Salmon

My favorite beverage at the Green Salmon, to date, is the Berry Green. (Not to be confused with the Barry Manilow. No, they don’t offer a smoothie named the Barry Manilow, but I suppose you could run into him in Yachats). The green in the Berry Green is kale. Yes, KALE! Strawberries and raspberries and apple juice complete the ingredient list. It is healthy and so delicious. The beverage is red with no suspect green leafy debris visible in the concoction. I highly recommend it!

Lots of good vibes!

The atmosphere of the Green Salmon is energetic, at least during tourist season. Personnel are pressed to be efficient and courteous. They excel in both arenas. A number of wood tables and chairs are available for patrons, along with a long table in front of the windows for those unable to find seating otherwise. In addition, outside seating is available, although limited in space.

Personnel are pressed to be efficient and courteous. They excel in both arenas.

Giant papier-mâché mushrooms observe the happenings from the top shelf of a retail display where patrons may purchase packets of imported tea. Hmmm, I must return when I have more time to delve a bit deeper.

Reports from the resident Ladies Room Aficionado, Lucy Cheeks, finds the unisex rest room ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­up to par. There are actually two private bathrooms on site for customers.

Five Stars for the Green Salmon

In conclusion, five stars recommendation for the Green Salmon all around. Great customer service when the rubber hits the road. And, that menu board will keep me coming back! What is your favorite food and drink at the Green Salmon?

I believe customer service is really important. I manage my own vacation rental home in order to get to know my guests and to provide a meaningful customer service experience for you. Ocean view included at no additional charge. We trust you will collect wonderful memories with your friends and family when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats.

Please visit our website for all the amenity details!

Our house, where memories begin…



Oregon Beach Cleanup

Oregon beach cleanup

We are fortunate in Oregon to have an organization called SOLVE that organizes Oregon beach cleanup along the entire coastline twice a year. Over 5,000 volunteers spend the day collecting trash while commercial haulers and trash collection companies donate their time and equipment to dispose of the debris. Thousands of pounds of trash are hauled off each time there is a beach cleanup.

Can you imagine what our beautiful coastline would look like without the time and commitment of these people and organizations? I certainly appreciate having pristine beaches for visitors to Yachats.

But, why do we have the need for organized beach cleanup?

How did we create this mess in the first place?

“One of Dustin Hoffman’s early movies, The Graduate, has a brief, but prophetic scene that I have always remembered. At his college graduation party hosted by his parents, an older friend of the family, Mr. McGuire, pulls Ben (Dustin’s character) aside to give him this private, and apparently very important, advice for his future. “Plastics. There is a great future in plastics!”

Fast forward about 50 years. We have learned the consequence of the fact that plastic does not decompose.

Plastic does not decompose.

Instead, it continues to break down into smaller and smaller components, but never really goes away. Plastic debris and other trash from a variety of sources move in ocean currents, sometimes trapped for years in large circulating currents called gyres. One such gyre is named, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It is hundreds of miles away from our Central Oregon Coast, but tons of other debris, including plastic trash, washes onto our shores, via tides.

We are fortunate in Oregon to have an organization called SOLVE that organizes beach cleanup along the entire coastline twice a year.

Events around the world affect our beaches.

In 2016, remains of many plastic containers found their way to our Central Oregon beaches from the 2011 earthquake in Japan. One day I found a large chunk of a blue plastic container on the rocky shore that I promptly delivered to the recycle drop. I believe it fell off a ship at sea. It looked so very ugly lying in the serene little cove near our house.

Littering on purpose!

Another especially disturbing contributor of beach trash is deliberate littering by humans. Yes, us guys again. Empty beer bottles and food containers and other trash can sometimes be found dumped in the brush along beach trails. Grrrr! I do not understand the littering on purpose mindset!

So, how do we take care of this mess?

Concerned citizens and businesses are developing techniques and building equipment to begin the monumental task of removing plastic debris from our oceans. Dedication, money and time are required in order to make much headway. It is important that we each do our part to control what kind of trash we create. Disposing of trash, specifically plastic trash, is an endless cycle that will require the efforts of us all in order to control this pollution problem.

I appreciate having pristine beaches to enjoy as I wander about this little piece of paradise. I invite you to come to Yachats and enjoy the beaches and ocean views for yourself. We homeowners and residents do our part to try to keep them clean. April 1 is designated for Oregon beach cleanup this spring. Visit the SOLVE website to volunteer.

I invite you to stay at my vacation rental home, the Sea Anemone, when you are in Yachats. We are just two minutes from the beach where you can take in the majesty of the Pacific Ocean. And, “The Graduate” DVD is available in the loft!

Our house, where memories begin….