Cannon Beach escape

This past Monday afternoon, Suzi and I made a quick escape to Cannon Beach to watch the sunset. We arrived with less than an hour to spare and parked at the beach end of Second Ave. Barely on the sand, I noted we wouldn’t want to walk very far. After all, those clouds over the ocean indicated rain. Almost immediately, it started showering on us. That is, it was just like we were standing in a shower, small drops coming down hard, at an angle. We were going to be soaked and soon.

After retreating to the car, we decided to drive south to Tolovana Beach. Worst case, we could sit in the car and watch the sun go down. When we arrived, there was only a light mist. So we walked out to the beach, took a few pictures, then headed back to the car because of the mist and the cold. We warmed up in the car and rinsed and repeated a few times.

Finally, once again warming up in the car, we decided to drive back north a bit to find a different view of the Rock and the sun. This time, we stuck it out until the sun went down.

Another great day at the beach!

Cannon Beach weekend

This past weekend, Suzi and I visited Cannon Beach to celebrate our recent anniversary. Friday evening, we watched the Rock from our balcony.

The next morning, we relaxed.1Translation: slept in We walked the beach, visited Insomnia, and walked the beach some more. At low tide, we wandered around the rocks. I found a few sea anenomes, but no sea stars like we saw before the massive die off nearly a decade ago.

I think the prior weekend had king tides so the beach was scrubbed fairly flat with clear evidence that the waves had gone all the way to the dunes and sea walls.

Like every time we visit Cannon Beach, Ecola Creek crossed the sand differently. This time it was wide, shallow, and split before it joined the ocean. The rocky bottom of the old creek bed, along with some old stumps, was exposed.

Sunday, I got up a little earlier and caught sunrise at the Rock. The beach was largely empty, with another photographer capturing the view.

After another walk down the beach and back, Suzi and I decided to explore down the coast a little bit. We visited Arch Cape, Hug Point, and Manzanita. I experimented with a telephoto lens, taking pictures of the spray2A slower shutter speed would have been better. and the cliffs at the north end of the beach.

As we drove back north, it was nearly sunset so we stopped at Tolovana to see the beautiful end to a short vacation.

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    Translation: slept in
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    A slower shutter speed would have been better.

Cannon Beach

Normally, we visit Cannon Beach shortly after the new year, and then multiple times throughout the year. This year, we tried to go in late January but had to turn around because of snow and accidents in the coastal mountains. Going through my photos, I see that we visited mid-March, and then not again. Until yesterday, that is.

Suzi, Heather, Jamison, and I loaded into Heather’s car, with Gilligan and Oakley in the back with treats.1The treats that they didn’t touch until they got home… We were concerned that it might be snowing (again!) on the pass and wanted to all be in the same car. When we left, it was rainy with no relief in sight. As we neared, we saw blue sky to the west, and maybe only to the north. A wager was placed on whether blue sky would be visible at Cannon Beach.2The blue sky didn’t need to be directly above, but it needed to be more than just a little hole in the clouds. Blizzards were at stake. We arrived to see sufficient blue for me to lose.3Which also meant that I won, right? ;-)And when we arrived, the blue sky *was* also directly overhead.

Some of us got hot drinks and we walked on the beach to the Needles and a little beyond. Another beautiful day at the beach.

We’re making plans for the next visit. We can’t wait as long this time.

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    The treats that they didn’t touch until they got home…
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    The blue sky didn’t need to be directly above, but it needed to be more than just a little hole in the clouds. Blizzards were at stake.
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    Which also meant that I won, right? ;-)And when we arrived, the blue sky *was* also directly overhead.

My favorite photos of 2019

Every year, I post my favorite photos. Some years, I’ve been able to cut it down to my top ten, but not this year. For that matter, I couldn’t limit myself to fewer than eleven photos from Cannon Beach… :-D

Many years, I’ve also posted my top nine from Instagram, but again, not this year, as I posted fewer than nine on Instagram during 2019.

These pictures all make me happy. I could imagine printing all of them and hanging them on my walls.

I hope at least one makes you happy, too!

Cannon Beach

Today, Suzi, Heather, Melissa, Jamison, Gilligan, and I visited Cannon Beach. Gilligan played fetch and swam the creek.1She’s so tired now that she almost needs help getting up on the couch. Poor puppy! Jamison flew his drone.2Maybe, pictures and/or videos to follow. We all walked to Haystack Rock and the Needles. And I took pictures.

At the Rock, I talked to a gentleman who claimed to have walked through the cave on the side of the rock many years ago. The tide was low enough today to make a quick exploration almost tempting. I also took my picture using the KGW8 live webcam. I’m the person on the far left.

Another great day on the Oregon coast!

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    She’s so tired now that she almost needs help getting up on the couch. Poor puppy!
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    Maybe, pictures and/or videos to follow.

Cannon Beach Sunset

Sitting on the couch, updating my blog to a new theme, I heard Ashley preparing to leave. And Suzi and Heather preparing to leave … for the beach!

With two hours to go until sunset, it was the perfect time to head west.

Another great day at the Oregon coast!