It happened, dear readers!! Our long-planned, repeatedly postponed, revised-at-the-last-moment-because-of-budget-constraints trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon finally happened!! And we truly couldn’t have had a more amazing time; it was exactly the getaway we needed to help us put our “woes” – aka Robin’s job loss – into perspective…and to remind us of all the “good stuff” we still do have to be grateful for.
So with a trusted friend in place to watch the fur-babies while we were away, we crammed our overnight bags into the trunk of the Solstice, put the top down, and hit the much-anticipated open road!! Actually, “open” is kind of a generous description…considering that freeway traffic was pretty much stop-and-go from Seattle all the way to Olympia. But with a few Starbucks pitstops along the way to stretch and refresh, we arrived at our hotel in Astoria with plenty of time to enjoy a delectable dinner out before catching some sleep…’cause the beach was on our agenda for the following morning!!
And my oh my – what a magnificent beach it is!! That 235 foot tall monolith rising from the shoreline is Haystack Rock, and it’s synonymous with Cannon Beach…for obvious reasons. You can walk right up to it when the tide is low, but Robin and I didn’t get that close; rogue waves are always possible, and the Pacific Ocean is absolutely frigid even in July. We actually were caught unaware by one small wave while we were focussed on taking photos, and got splashed up to our ankles in icy water. Brrr!!
My grey skinny jeans and western-inspired booties survived the salt-water onslaught, though…which was a lucky thing considering that I hadn’t packed any other options!! For the first time ever, this self-confessed “wardrobe maximalist” kept her travel outfits to a very bare minimum; I think I brought along fewer pieces than my hubby!! But I did allow myself a switch-up between my flat-top fedora and my baker boy cap; after all, no diehard fashionista should be expected to survive an excursion without at least a little choice, am I right?! 😉