Cannon Beach is a Great Getaway
In April 1998, we were living in Seattle Washington and vacationed for a week in Cannon Beach — an Oregon coastal town. Our boys were 3 and 5 years old and they have no memory of that trip. I was surprised at how much we had forgotten about the trip. We remembered the iconic Haystack Rock but had forgotten how the city looked.
Below are pictures of Haystack Rock, the one taken this week and the one I took back in 1998. I have a better camera now and hopefully my photography skills have improved over time.
Note: See a slideshow of our trip here: http://www.webetripping.com/Gallery_USA_OR_OregonCoast.asp
Cannon Beach is a cool little coastal town. It has a few micro-breweries, kite and surf shops, and good restaurants. The weather was about 65 – 70 degrees, a little too cool to take a dip in the ocean without a wetsuit, but it has miles of hikes and beachfront walking area that we took full advantage of.
We rented a cool little house called “The Farmhouse“. It was an old home that had been totally renovated. It reminded me of my grandmothers home but it had a beautiful deck, great decor and a cool vibe. We really loved it.
The Scenic Oregon Coast
We drove the Oregon Coast, from Cannon Beach to Newport, to visit the Newport Aquarium. We snapped some nice pictures of the coast along the way.
Oregon Light Houses
We also visited several lighthouses along the way.
The aquarium reminded me a bit of the one we visited in Baltimore many years ago. It was well organized and had lots to view. We sat in on a feeding of Oregon sea otters, it was fun to learn more about their habitat.
Muscle and Chrome Show
On Saturday, we caught a car show called the “Muscle and Chrome show“. It featured some really cool vintage cars and a lot of my oldest son’s favorite car, the Ford Mustang.
By the way, did you know it is against the law to pump your own gas in Oregon? No kidding. We drove up to our first gas station in Oregon, I jumped out to start the pump and got a tongue lashing from the attendant who told me about the law. I got used to the full service gas stations after a week or so but I still find it very inconvenient. It is so much faster to do it yourself and most times they don’t wash your windshield of which I always do.
Take a Ride with an Iguana
I will leave you with one final picture. We saw this taxi parked down the road from where we were staying. It is hilarious! Would you pay a cab fare to ride in the chair upon the roof? The hood ornament is also a nice touch.