Looking back on the trip we really lucked out with the weather, likewise the previous year. I think the “weather gods” have always been pretty nice to us on vacation even if we’ve decided to go somewhere not known for the best of weather at that given time. It must be good karma or something.
Another thing is this trip was longer than our one last year but seemed to go by just as quickly. I always start to feel a little melancholy when the last few vacation days roll around, doesn’t everyone even just a little bit? Something I’ve learned from being around Mr. Sunshine (aka Thomas) is when I start feeling that way, shake it off, realize it ISN’T over yet and to enjoy the remaining time instead of counting away the remaining hours. It is tough sometimes as a glass-half-empty kind of person but most of the time it makes it a little easier when you’re married to a half-full kind of guy. Except when I want to wallow, then it is annoying (love you Hon!) *grin*
So enjoy ourselves the remaining time we did. We went back to Dooger’s for breakfast and talked about how much we wish we could just live in Cannon Beach and throwing out silly ideas for how we could start a business there, some things they didn’t already have in town. On the way back we stopped at a store called “Found” which turned out to be an antique store right close to the hotel. I went in to poke around for more turquoise glass (it is becoming an obsession!) and found a little vintage candy dish that I picked up. On my way to the cash register I saw some little glass sand dollars in different colours so I simply had to buy one. I mean the border people couldn’t say diddly about a GLASS sand dollar and it wasn’t “cheating” like buying a real sand dollar in a store. Don’t ask, it is a thing.
We got to talking to the proprietress while she wrapped up my finds and turns out she’s originally from Portland but always knew she wanted to move to Cannon Beach and one day years back and just decided to do it and started up her business there. It was weird because we’d just been talking about that exact thing during breakfast. Maybe it is a sign? Now we just need the ideas!
We also stopped at the Sleepy Monk Cafe to pick up some ground coffee to take back with us. The coffee in the hotel is from there and was pretty darn tasty. Since we’ve been home I’ve yet to get the coffee to water ratio right for our machine, still tastes too strong. The hotel coffee was prepackaged for the small machine in the room (like a tea bag) so it was idiot-proofed, a Barista I am not obviously.
After dropping off the coffee and do-dads we took a stroll into “downtown”. If you haven’t been to Cannon Beach it isn’t huge and easily walkable. If you zoom in on the google map link you can see that for yourself and check out the Street view to tour around town, they even have it there!
We stopped off to pick up some more fudge for Tom from “The Picnic Basket” a store that makes great fudge (according to Tom and especially the “cookies and cream”) but I also discovered has some kick-ass chocolates. I HIGHLY recommend their chocolate covered caramel and their “sea foam” which is basically the same as a Cadbury Crunchie but in chunks. Side note: Ohhh Mahh Gahhh I just looked around the site I linked to and they friggin SHIP to Canada. Woohoo! Or maybe not… *looks down at tummy*
After wandering through a few stores we’d missed on our first trip into town we wandered back and took “Ocean Avenue” back to the hotel as soon as we could get to it (with a little side trip to get a different angle on Haystack Rock and the beach).
Check out the tsunami warning siren in the pic below, they do take tsunamis seriously here which is great and comforting when you’re there as you are in a real tsunami hazard zone. Of course depending on where the tsunami originated you may or may not have a lot of time to get out of dodge which could be said about anywhere near water but they obviously do what they can here.
It seems a lot of these homes are vacation rentals, something we should consider sometime in the future as the idea of having our own little cottage with laundry facilities is kind of appealing and they all seem well maintained. The cheaper ones are just off the beach (no direct view) but off the beach here means a block or less, not exactly a hardship (though I admit I would miss the view!)
Such gorgeous homes! I love the weathered siding on all the buildings they all just go together so well. Most of the cottages are in the “Presidential” section of town, all the roads leading to Ocean Avenue are named in honour of past Presidents (Washington, Adams, Jefferson etc.)
On the way we saw that the “Banksy” of Cannon Beach had been down Ocean Avenue as well…
Really couldn’t you just have this view every day? I know I could!
The little access road led us right back to our hotel which a little detour through some hedges and the beach.
Here is a video from part of our walk, a lot of wind noise (unavoidable obviously) but gives another less static view of the cottages, forgive my nattering on, I always feel the need to narrate constantly. Heh.