Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cannon Beach and sandcastles

At the beginning of June Ben started talking about maybe cutting our four month Oregon stay to just two months.  I realized if we would be leaving soon we needed to make the most of our time here.  Oregon is a beautiful state with lots to see and I wanted to take advantage.  I started a pinterest board just for Oregon and started my list of things to do and places to see.

We got lucky and our timing was perfect to be able to go to the annual sandcastle competition at Cannon Beach.  It was on June 9th this year.  We almost didn't go because we were so tired, but I wanted to make sure we saw Oregon so I got everyone up and we were on our way.  It was a 2 hour drive (as are most places on the coast) and Benson slept the whole way there.  I can't say the same for the way back, but that's how it usually goes.  None of us really enjoyed the last 40 minutes of the drive , but it was definitely worth it.  Cannon Beach is really beautiful and it is just how you imagine a coastal town.  It's very quaint with cute shops and restaurants.  The homes are all very small and rustic with that coastal charm.  I really think it is my favorite place that we have visited on the Oregon coast.

P.S  I didn't find out until later that it is also the beach that is on the first Twilight movie.  Um, WHY didn't I know that before?  I am a total twihard and would have been SO excited to go to the exact spot where Bella and Jacob stood (hee hee).

Anyway, we had a really fun day.  We walked out onto the beach to see the sand castles.  We then walked through town visiting some of the cute shops and getting a late lunch of clam chowder and fish and chips (for Ben, I just got a burger cause I only like raw seafood).  The weather was perfect.  It wasn't too hot, but the sun was shining most of the time.  We also stopped by a little park on the way back to the car so Benson could play a little before we got back into the car for the 2 hour drive home.  It was Benson's first time on a swing.  We couldn't tell what he thought, but he seemed to be a tiny bit scared.  Then he puked a little right after so we decided he might just not be ready yet.  All in all it was a great day at the beach.

They had these sayings on top of all of the garbage cans, each can said something different.  It was cute.

Another thing I love about little touristy towns, they always sell cute things with funny sayings.  I thought this was VERY fitting for myself and certain people in my life.

Gotta have some Tillamook ice-cream

On a side note: We did have to rush home in order to be home for the Paquiao/Bradley fight on pay per view.  Gotta show that Pinoy pride and pass it along to Benson. It was a total joke when Bradley won, but it was still a good time.


Susie said...

Ah - Cannon Beach! We spent a week there last summer - so beautiful! Glad you had fun.

Financially Empowered Families said...

Yay for a new post. Sounds like an awesome beach!!! Benson takes such cute pictures. Could be because he's so cute.

The Staheli's said...

I am in love with the picture of you and Benson! Great pictures. Looks like a great time!