Day 4 Seaside/Cannon Beach

Trip Start Jul 19, 2008
Trip End Jul 26, 2008

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day 4.  We all were looking forward to day 4 as that was one of the days that we didn't have a lot of travel to do, just able to kick back and enjoy the sights.  Like the beach bunnies that we are we decided to have a kick back day in the town of Seaside Oregon with a quick trip down the coast to Cannon Beach (6 miles away).  In Seaside we stayed in a condo instead of a hotel and it was great.  Plenty of room to stretch out, had a chance to do some laundry and just relax.   The town of seaside is like most beach towns, some kitch, some nice, some daytona beach esque, but all with billion dollar views.  Matt particularly loved the fact that the condo (5 stories) had a deck on the roof,  where he was able to see the shingles up close.  The view of the pacific was a close second.

Day 4 started out grey outside and fairly early as we had to be ready to catch low tide in Cannon beach.    The reason for this is Haystack rock.  At low tide the oceans recede enough to show the entire rock and tide pools that surround it.  Star fish (almost a foot long), sea anemones, fish, and all kinds of mollusks avail for up close inspection.  Puffins circuling over head.  It was an unbelievable thing to see.  Check out the pics.

After we explored the tide pools we spent some good beach time, just digging in the sand and enjoying the views.  Matt of course explored the ocean as well, he had no qualms jumping and splashing around even though the water was freezing.  He got drenched, jacket and all!   Couple of things different from our normal Florida beaches, outside of the views.  First and foremost, its chilly.  Even in mid summer it didn't get about low 60's at the beach.  And secondly your dogs can run free.  Nothing more awesome than to see the pups chasing the birds etc.   Made me miss a certain Shepard/Grey hound mix for a few minutes.  That would have been her element for sure.

Speaking of dogs, one thing we have noticed throughout this trip is the number of dogs that are vacationing with their owners.  Its really amazing,  and I'm not taking little yappy dogs either.  Every hotel we have stayed at has been very dog friendly.

After haystack rock, we went back to the hotel for a quick change then out for a late lunch.   The hot place for breakfast in the area is the Pig and Pancake.  and it lived up to its name.  One of the number 1 lessons of travel is, if the food is in the name of the restaurant, order that!  Karen was smart and had pancakes and bacon.  They were awesome.  Dave, hung up on the time of day, ordered a hot turkey sandwich... not so much...  After lunch we went in search of a cannon in cannon beach, and we found one to explore.

After that we drove back to Seaside for a peddle boat ride.  There are lots of theory's why this didn't come off like an Olympic event,  personally I'm going with only 3 people in a 4 person peddle boat.  After that we went to the world famous Seaside aquarium, where for $1 you can get a cup full of fish heads to feed to the fat and attitudinal seals.  Needless to say that job was left to Dad!  Matt had a blast getting splashed by the seals looking for food..

For dinner we decided to keep it easy and we picked up some groceries and ate in. 

Tomorrow we are off to Seattle!

Deep thoughts by Matt Goldsmith:
"I have to dig the trench"  And "The seal got us soaked"
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