When Sunday rolled around and the heat wave raged on, Dan suggested a day trip to the coast. It’s only about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Portland but, to me, it seems too far to go for a day. At Dan’s urging, we set out for Cannon Beach. The drive is quite beautiful. US 26 winds through Clatsop State Forest and is dotted with fruit stands, restaurants and old time gas stations. There are also rest areas along the way, with trails to hike and bridges to cross. On our first mile of Highway 101, we saw a dead fox on the side of the road. His face and body were still beautiful. When we rolled into town, the first place we headed was Ecola Seafoods for some of our favorite halibut fish and chips.
Cannon Beach is quite a touristy town but I appreciate the cleanliness and landscaping as compared to some Oregon Coast towns I’ve visited. After lunch we headed up to the main strip and checked in at Bruce’s Candy Kitchen. I of course had every intention of looking and not buying but with Dan and Finn, that is a near impossibility. We picked up some saltwater taffy, Walnettos for Dan, a lip pop for Finn and some wax bottles for Sam.
Next stop, Tolovana Beach. We were actually cold there and waiting for the sun to show up but it stayed in view just over the mountain behind us and never broke through the coast cloud cover. The coast can be 30 degrees cooler than the city.
Finn quickly took up with a group of preteen girls and after some major sand construction, was buried up to his neck. Dan and I took in the sights which included a group of pelicans and nice show by some whales on the horizon.
We were ready to go by 3:30 and had had a great time. It was worth the drive for sure.