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Friday, March 27, 2015

Day 27 SOL - A Day at the Beach, Oregon Style

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!

D :)





14 comments:

  1. What? No snow? No wonder there's no one here for spring break...or if they are they are on the ski slopes, I guess. Sigh.
    However, WHEN and IF we get summer this year, it sound more like Oregon's beach still than Florida's.

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    1. Are you in the northwest or midwest? That's where I'm from and snow is still an option. Spring is trying hard but not quite there yet. Thanks for the post. D :)

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  3. I like the compare/ contrast feature of this piece. It sounds so beautiful and peaceful. Happy Spring break!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! Beaches have different geographical features, but the ocean is the ocean. So powerful and so beautiful and so vast! D :)

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    2. Thanks, Kim! Beaches have different geographical features, but the ocean is the ocean. So powerful and so beautiful and so vast! D :)

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  4. I used to feel as though I was being jipped when I found myself on beaches devoid of shells. But then I discovered the beauty in beach rocks. They are unique and special in their own way, aren't they.

    Enjoy your spring break!

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! I love beach rocks, too. The best were on Cape Cod. They were all different colors: green, blue, red, etc. D :)

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    2. Thanks, Stacey! I love beach rocks, too. The best were on Cape Cod. They were all different colors: green, blue, red, etc. D :)

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  5. I loved the way you described all the details of the beach. Sounds like a great place!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! It was a beautiful day to be on the beach. D :)

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    2. Thanks, Erin! It was a beautiful day to be on the beach. D :)

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  6. This brings back wonderful memories of times at Cannon Beach. We lived in Portland and my husband worked in the Multnomah County Public Library. The library had a cottage, Spindrift, at Neahkahnie near Cannon Beach, available to library employees. We spent such great vacations on the Oregon coast.

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    1. What an amazing perk! I attended a 6 Traits of Writing Train the Trainer workshop at Cannon Beach in 2001 and fell in love with the Northwest, then. Never dreamed I'd have children living there. Thanks for the comment. D :)

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