Day 5 was our last full day in Newport, although I’m sure it feels as though we were there a lot longer thanks to the speed at which I’ve been posting these recaps. Still, posting like this helps drag out the vacation, and the summer, just a little longer.
I began the day with another walk around Nye Beach to soak up a little of that beachside atmosphere.
Then we enjoyed a little Zen time at the beach thanks to Kei’s rock creation.
Then it was time to head back in the direction of the lighthouse to visit the rock pools. A ticket to the lighthouse is valid for three days which worked out perfectly. Visiting the Lighthouse and rock pools on the same day would have been too much for the younger members of our crew.
We walked down the hill toward the rock pools thinking it was just a regular beach, when Samuel spotted the main attraction just meters away.
We were pretty impressed that Samuel was the one who saw them first (and he was incredibly proud of himself) so I asked him to recreate the moment.
Then, braving the cold wind, I walked around and took a few quick photos before we decided to make a beeline back to the warm van.
For dinner, we drove to a great Japanese restaurant in the old town section of Newport. It gave us a chance to walk around the historic port and check out these very loud and aggressive creatures.
We weren’t the only ones. Apparently they’re quite the attraction.
After dinner we took a walk down to the dock. Well, some of us walked…
The sun was setting and the colors were beautiful.
Finally, I decided that my nerves could no longer take the sight of my children running on such narrow boardwalks. As we walked back, Mayumi requested I take a few photos of things you might not see very often in Japan.
And other things that reminded her of home.
After a quick stop for ice cream, we headed back for our last night at the beach house.