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Manzanita is perfect for 14-year old Emma, the Emma yearning for independence. In Manzanita I could ride my bike or walk anywhere around this tiny coastal town. If my family was settled in for the night watching a movie, I could quickly bike to the beach and catch the sun going down by myself. My brother and I used to bring our best friends along with us and we would spend all week exploring and laughing. When I look back on my childhood and teenage years, that time was important and so much fun.

This year we were joined by my cousin Tim. Before he biked from Vancouver, B.C. to our home in Battle Ground, Washington (that’s right, biked) I had never met him before! He joined us on our annual trip to Manzanita, Oregon.

Tim is originally from New Zealand, but has spent the most of the last 10 years living in Australia. This summer he’s been biking from Canada down the west coast to California. He’s got an adventurous spirit and was a great addition to our holiday. We really enjoyed getting to know him and I was so lucky to catch him while he passed through!

My family and I have been coming to Manzanita for about 18 years. We love this small Oregon beach town. It has a main street with shops, restaurants, a cafe and a pub which lead down to the beach. I LOVE fires on the beach and on our last night the weather was perfect for a cozy beach fire. The boys passed the rugby ball around as the sun was setting and we sat by the warm fire and roasted marshmallows. I’m pretty sure it was Tim’s first time eating s’mores, which is basically an American right of passage. I felt like I was able to do so much during my three-week holiday. I can’t wait to come back to Manzanita for many more summers and continue the tradition.

Music Pick of the Week

Each week I try and highlight an Indie music artist at the end of my blog post, but this week I can’t stop listening to Chance the Rapper. 🙂