We hopped in the car yesterday for a spontaneous trip to the coast. It was as close to perfection as a day can get. Ingrid just finished up French camp for the summer and is with us full time during the days for the next three weeks. All of us needed some R&R, not that we really needed an excuse.
We went to Cannon Beach first. Since it was such a sunny, beautiful day, we expected a lot more people than actually showed up there. The beaches and the town were sparsely populated for this time of year.
John wore the wrong shoes and wasn’t up for as much walking as Ingles and I were, so he sat in the shade and watched us as we played on the beach. She was so happy to be there. We buried her legs in the sand, chased one another, ran into the waves and out, and generally had fun. In the following photo, she is running down a stretch of beach made famous by the film “The Goonies”. Remember that one?
Soon the entire beach was inundated by tiny clear jellyfish, so we decided to leave a little sooner than expected.
We left the beach and walked back to the village. John and I stopped into a wine shop and bought some nice flatbread and cheese to go with the picnic we’d packed before we left home. We sat in front of the Cannon Beach theater on their nice benches and had a good chat while we ate…and laughed…and generally enjoyed being where we were. John forgot his pocket knife and had to struggle with the cheese. 😉
Ingrid was such a delightful girl…so polite and friendly. John and I just can’t get enough of her.
After our trip, we went to a local glass blowing studio. Here are some of the delightful pieces we saw there. (My sweet friend usually sends me glass hearts for my birthday, for Christmas and for other occasions, so my own heart went pitty pat when I saw this one.)
And this one….
This vase was my favorite. Don’t you think this would look great in my house? 😉
We left the studio and picked up our annual bag of the best salt water taffy ever. This soft, gourmet variety is locally made, and comes in virtually every flavor imaginable. I got so much that I had to put a lot of it in the freezer. We don’t eat stuff like this often, but when we go to Cannon Beach, we make an exception. I got some extra so I could send some to my friend.
Next, we headed to Ecola Park. This is a magical place….really beautiful. I had John let me off a few miles down the rode while he and Ingrid drove on ahead. I met them there later, after my wonderful hike through the woods.
When I got to the top of the cliff, I met up with John and Ingrid and the three of us walked to the lookout point.
The view was impeccable.
We met a couple who had their long haired chihuahua with them. They were nice and we hung with them for awhile. We didn’t take the Beebs, because we felt she would be more comfy at home….but we missed her! We spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out in this beautiful spot. Ingrid recited spontaneous poetry and danced for us. It was nothing but pleasantries, one right after the other. We had such a good time!
If you ever find yourself in Oregon, I highly recommend the coast. It is one of the most gorgeous coasts you will ever see.