Seaside

I was diagnosed with MS in 2010 and it was a turning point in not only my life, but also my marriage. The first few months were full of uncertainty and tears but the one constant was (and continues to be) my amazing wife Meg. In the first year, I lost more than some people do in a lifetime of battling MS. With every flare up the fear of what I might lose next is always present.

MS has changed so many things in our lives, but we will not let traveling be one of those things. As I transition into secondary progressive MS, Meg and I are ready to document and share our journey. And with our 8th Anniversary just around the corner I can’t help but look back.

Meg and I love Seaside Oregon, it's our spot. Last year we spent our 7th wedding anniversary there. In the past we just hung around Seaside; but this trip we headed out to find some of the other awesomeness that the Oregon Coast has to offer.

We were really excited to hit Ecola State Park, located just between Seaside and Canon Beach. The views from Ecola are ridiculous. And if you head all the way into the park there is a trail up to a little lookout spot where you can great views of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

Our first day was met with stormy skies and heavy rain. Good thing we love the beach, rain or shine; we spent the day being nerds in the sand. Something about the windy sea air brings out the smiles. Kites help too. Have you tried to frown with a kite in your hand? Impossible.

Photo Credit: Meghann Prouse @yeahrockout

Ecola had been on our radar for a while. For a modest price of $5 you get a day-use pass to some amazing views. The first vantage point is very easy to get to, a nice paved trail down to the lookout platform. If you keep driving into the park you will get to a beach and trailhead.

      

This hike up to the lighthouse lookout was a doozy. Lucky for me I have the best support system. It didn't matter how many breaks I needed along the way, Meg was right there. MS has reduced my pace, but it was worth the trek. I'm hoping to get in as much as I can before my limitations hold me back even more.

Just how far does Meg go to get the shot? Lets just say there was a 400ft drop just in front of her. Out in the distance is Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

We are lucky to have rad friends that travel around the Pacific Northwest and share the best spots with us. Our good friends told us about this little pull off on the Oregon Coast named Hug Point. When the tide is out you can get around the point into an alcove with an awesome little waterfall.

Photo Credit: Meghann Prouse @yeahrockout

We made it just in time to see the waterfall before the tide closed it off. This is now a must hit spot when we are in Oregon.

After a long day of seeing the gorgeous Oregon Coast we headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest. We have a couple traditions in Seaside and the arcade and pizza are on that list. It was a long day, but well worth it for the good times and fun. Even if I got my butt kicked at Ski-ball.

The best part is being married to an amazing friend and partner. Since my diagnosis of MS we have grown so much closer. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my favorite person.

I love you Megs!
 

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Kellen

Kellen Prouse

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Disabled in 2010 due to progressive multiple sclerosis. I have started the Wheels & Red project with my amazing wife Meg. Wheels & Red is a way for us to share our story with the world. No matter what you are going through you can always find and adventure.