A day at the beach in the Northwest, Cannon Beach, is not that different from a day at the beach in Florida. The drive to Cannon Beach had traffic stops, just like Florida on Spring Break. When we arrived, there was a touristy little town with lots of quaint shopping venues and food options galore. Sea gulls were zooming overhead and squawking their welcoming cry. Tourists wearing warm weather attire, flip flops, and sunglasses. The beach had kids, parents, adults, teens, dogs, big waves, sand, driftwood, sunshine, blue skies, and the view took your breath away. Kids were playing frisbee, football, tennis, soccer all along the beach. Sounds like Florida, right?
The differences also took my breath away. Huge rocks were jutting out of the water. Hay Stack Rock is a famous part of the shore line where puffins land in the spring. Puffins are the cartoon-looking birds that are just plain cute. They are often referred to as "the clowns of the sea."
"Each spring, colorful Tufted Puffins return to nest on Cannon Beach's Haystack Rock after spending the majority of their year floating and diving on open seas." Click on the quote to read about them.
There are no shells on the beach that I could find but instead, beautiful rounded rocks from all the tumbling of the ocean waves. A couple of these rock made their way home with me to live in my turtle aquarium at school. The rugged coastline is northwest all the way. The pine trees take the place of the palm trees with a stately stance above the beach.
After an afternoon of sunning, reading, walking along the beach, losing clothes left on the beach by unexpected waves, a lost phone found and returned, skipping rocks on the waves...it was time to pack up the car. Sandy feet, sandy dog, and traffic again on the way home, not so different.
Spring Break and beaches - northwest or southeast. All good!