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Tolovana Park

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  • Day3

    Cannon Beach Wowed Us!

    June 9, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

    Now that we were finally at the ocean we could slow our pace and enjoy the moment. And there were many special moments today. We started at Cannon Beach which, in 2013, was named “one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world” by National Geographic and I can see why. We parked at Tolovana State Recreation Area for easy access to the beach, which was massive with light, fine sand. This is the home of Haystack Rock that rises 235 feet out of the sand and is a protected marine garden. We arrived at low tide and the tide pools were teeming with sea life. It was exciting to see all the colourful creatures even if we didn’t always know what we were looking at! There were several volunteers available to protect the area and answer any questions.Read more

  • Day1

    Classic Spontaneity

    March 31, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    What was due to be the last day of vacation before racing 1,139 miles back home became a whole new adventure with one slightly longer than usual hug...

    Back to the actual start, we started our trip from San Diego to Santa Clarita on Wednesday, where we stayed with Jason's parents before starting off our caravan to Oregon early Thursday morning. That's right, just about 700 miles in one day with an almost 4 month old. We overestimated our abilities. Wesley did get to see and be in his first snowfall at Mount Shasta, so that was pretty neat!

    After a hotel room pizza dinner and a seemingly eye blink of sleep, we hit the road again. On the way, we stopped at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm to stretch our legs and see some flowers. They were only at a 10% bloom, so we mostly saw dirt and leaves, but we were able to see Aunt Shari, Uncle Al, and Kari before meeting at the beach for the weekend. A bit of browsing, some delicious bratwursts, and we were off again. We navigated Portland's Friday rush hour before the road cleared up heading into the Oregon forest and finally to our weekend destination, Cannon Beach (or more accurately, Tolovana Park). Stephanie and Patrick arrived almost exactly when we arrived with mom and dad, so after settling in to our ocean view hotel rooms, we went to dinner together. After that, Wesley informed us that it was bed time and we happily obliged.

    Saturday started off with us filling a small bistro for breakfast, saying our formal hellos, and passing Wesley around his extended family. Grandma Nancy's 80th birthday celebration weekend came together with her surrounded by six of her kids (including spouses), 10 of her grandkids (including spouses and Cruiser), and 5 great grandkids (including April and William's pups)! Through the day, we hung around the beach, connected with sorely missed family and awesome additions, walked to Haystack Rock, Jason almost peed himself, and went did some wine sampling at the cool little market across the street. The whole group got together for a pizza dinner in a fashion that would have made the Fire Marshal cringe, then headed back to the beach for a fire and to watch grandma drop innumerable marshmallows into said fire. With the fire smothered, some of the cousins went out to soak up the little time we had together.

    After a hearty breakfast and some group photos, Sunday morning meant goodbye to most of the group and some much needed R&R for the rest of us. Which leads us to the hug that changed the scope of our week... Once Wesley was down for a nap, we gave each other a hug and held on in expectation of the impending drive home. We knew that repeating our previous drive wasn't in our collective best interest, so we decided to take our time and trade in the 5 for the PCH on our way home. In typical Jason and Danielle fashion, we loosely planned our next 2 days, booked on Airbnb, and flipped the script on an otherwise daunting trip south.

    With our spirits renewed, we were able to enjoy an afternoon of visiting, walking around Seaside, seeing the jaw-dropping views from Ecola State Park, and making the obvious food poisoning related jokes. We had dinner with the remaining group at a hardware store. That's correct, a hardware store that serves food and drinks alongside u-bolts and claw hammers. Wesley informed us that it was, once again, time for bed, while some of the group went to the beach for s'mores.
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  • Day4

    Cannon Beach

    May 10, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Die Zugfahrt haben wir gut überstanden - wie schon gesagt leider auf der falschen Seite aber man konnte trotzdem die fantastische Landschaft geniessen, die sich hinter jeder Kurve auftat und über allem immer thronend dieser riesen Vulkan Mt. Rainier.
    Einfahrt nach Seattle im schon gewohnten Schneckentempo, vorbei an der Space-Needle und den unzähligen Americas next Baustellen-Stoppschildhalterinnen - es lebe die Emanzipation !
    In Seattle angekommen schnell baggage claimen und ab zum SeaTac Airport, um unser Auto abzuholen. Gebucht ist SUV - Corvette wurde uns angeboten :) - nur 200 Dollar mehr pro Tag - ein Schnäppchen ! ....haben uns dann aber komischerwiese für den SUV entschieden - gute Wahl, ein Patriot !
    Nun kann der Roadtrip so richtig starten, aber Stopp - noch schnell was im Dennys futtern....Luca hat ein so knappe 4000 kcal. Gericht bestellt meines hatte dank des fehlenden Oreo Shakes knapp 1200 weniger :) - ich habe Angst ! -
    Und übrigens, man kann alles zu Bacon essen, z.B. ein leckeres Bacon-Eis...das Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten :)
    Nach einem kurzen Stück über die 16 spurige Interstate schlängelt sich unsere Wahlstrecke, die 101, durch tolle Landschaften, die uns einen Vorgeschmack für die kommenden Wochenen liefern.
    Im Hotel angekommen werden wir von einem Angestllten namens Guy begrüßt, Guy gibt uns die Schlüssel und wir sputen in die Zimmer, um schnellstens an den Strand zu kommen.
    Unser Weg führt zns über den überbreiten Strand Richtung Haystack Rock - das Wahrzeichen der keinen Küstenstadt - ein Bier auf angespültem Treibgut und ein Paar romantische Bilder dürfen nicht fehlen :)
    Später rettet uns Guy noch den Abend.Wir erzählten ihm, dass leider keine Küche mehr im Ort im auf hat und wir hungern...und als wäre es selbstverständlich rennt er ihn seinen Pausenraum und versorgt uns mit "Essen" , wir werden nie wissen was das war, aber es war schlechter als es aussieht - die Geste zählt :) die Popcorn waren gut !
    Soooo, mal sehen was morgen so geht, Gute Nacht ! :)
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