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Trip Start Apr 27, 2012
35Trip End May 26, 2012
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We arrived early into Cannon Beach to just a glorious, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky day as it's only about one and a half hour drive from Portland. The first thing on the agenda was to go out to the beach and see the "stacks". Cannon Beach looked like a quaint New England town, all the buildings are washed by the easterly winds which is so very visible from the trees that line the beach.
Pulling up the car to a vacated sand dune, we could see nothing beyond the car. There was as some people call it - "marine layer" - "ocean fog" - or whatever but we couldn't see beyond the dunes
Here it is 1:00 p.m. and the fog hasn't cleared so we went off to the state park at the north end of the beach to see if that would help - but no - even the surfers had to park themselves on the beach and wait for things to clear.
Even lunch (chowdaa and wings) didn't help with the ocean fog. I got what ever pictures I could and then we started to look for a room for the night. Little did I know that there was a HUGE Vintage Car show going on in Seaside just 8 miles to the north and all the hotels rooms were booked. That maybe explains why all my previous PRICELINE bids were never accepted. After 8 different requests at various hotels in the area and knowing that we did not want to cough up the big bucks for a two-bedroom suite, we found a Wi-Fi in one of the lobbies and started our hunt for a hotel. Nothing - nothing - nothing so we started to look north - all the way north to Olympia, Washington. What a bummer. So after we'd seen all we cared to see about Cannon Beach and Seaside, we headed the two hours north for our next hotel.
In hindsight, it was a good thing, we were able to move our travel plans so that we travelled all the way up the Oregonian coast and had the benefit of some incredible scenery.