A Very Different Beach

Going to the beach is a summer ritual for as long as I can remember. This year I’ve spent days on beaches in Amelia Island, St. Augustine, Ponce Inlet, Jupiter, Miami and Anclote Key, but the day Lisa and I spent on the beaches in Oregon was truly an amazing experience.

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We started the day with an early morning drive to Ecola State Park in attempt to escape the 100° temperatures in Portland. We were rewarded with a much cooler day, perfect for long sleeves and jackets.

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Apparently our first stop is where photographers take the money shot. As we were leaving the overlook to walk down to the beach, a van full of photogs with cameras, lenses and tripods invaded the space in an effort to get the perfect picture. (I don’t think mine look too bad for an iPhone with no special lenses or equipment.)

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Only surfers clad in wetsuits dared enter the icy Pacific waters. We stuck to a walk on the hard packed sand.

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Farther down the coast at Cannon Beach we walked out the the famous Haystack Rock.

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A great place to observe the sea life in the tidal pools.

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We even saw puffins nesting on the rock thanks to the volunteers and their spotting scope.

There’s really nothing like a day at the beach.