16 Trains and Counting...Cannon Beach

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 05, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, July 18, 2013

We left the scorching heat of Pendleton after one last continental breakfast at the Casino. We all seem to be into a groove and everyone's routines (and bowels) have recalibrated to time away from home.

The drive to Cannon Beach was long but gorgeous. The transition from prairie scrub to more mountainous and treed terrain was marked and with every turn and hillrise my excitement grew.

This was the Oregon that I remembered from family holidays and, unlike so many revisitations to old haunts or nostalgia pieces, I wasn't disappointed in the least. Oregon is beautiful.

The Columbia River Basin and Gorge is a great drive. We were flanked on both sides of the highway by train tracks and there was another set across the broad river. Henry saw 16 trains which made his drive - and ours - a real pleasure.

The thing that struck me the most was just how quickly the vegetation shifted from brown to green once we crested the mountain range. One moment you're in the landscape of a Western movie and the next you're in the verdure of a mossy forest. Again, beautiful state.

We had a tease of Portland (which we'll visit thoroughly on the way back home) as we just passed through. Looks like a cool place despite some road planning issues (or geographical limitations like Vancouver).

The views of the ocean and Cannon Beach from the road are impressive to say the least and I hope to share some good pictures tomorrow. Haystack Rock is enormous and the beaches look like real beaches should. No imported sand here.

We all can't wait to get down there.

Cannon Beach townsite will serve as a dinner destination for us. It is a total tourist town and you cannot park anywhere for want of space and you are in constant danger of running down your pick of morbidly obese tourist or blue-rinse pensioner.

Seaside to the north sounds far more understated and manageable.

Our campsite at Cannon Beach RV Resort seems great but it's a lot louder. The gamblers have been replaced by families and so fun is in.

Our site is huge and Henry finally has a place to run around and build his train tracks. Full amenities here including gas pumps at the gate and an indoor pool. Sweet, because unlike Pendleton and Coeur d'Alene, it's cold at night!

We tried to have dinner at Castaway's Tiny Tiki Hut Seafood Restaurant but it really is tiny and it was packed. We waited outside for service and/or a table for 20 minutes but no one gave us the time of day, despite our best efforts. They clearly have too much business so we said "screw'em" and walked across the grass to El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant.

They were happy to see us and we got some great Mexican & Mexican seafood (Seafood Chimichangas - who knew?). The service was confused but earnest. Our appetizers and entrees came at the same time, which made for a crowded table, and the kids' menu food was served on plates that were fired in the bowels of Mt. Vesuvius.

We're having a fire just now and I'm going sign-off. I can't see the keyboard! I'm pumped for the main events of our holiday ahead!
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Sheryl on

Mmmm Mexican! :) Glad you guys made it to a more scenic area. Much better than camping at a Indian casino parking lot :( Henry must have been thrilled to see trains, trains and more trains! Have fun, be safe! :)

kokes on

There thats more like what I call camping..site looks nice and comfy,,i,m imagine lots of shkaaays around?Yeah stay safe.Shyerl is cute with her "mmmm" mex food comments.Too spicey for my old belly..Love to all Mom

Mum & Dad on

Now you can all relax and enjoy the ocean and beach. Yes, Oregon is a beautiful State and we have fond memories of it. Enjoy the seafood - remember the bucket of steamed Clams that Dad ate !! Pleased Henry's train track can now be played with. Hugs to all.
Love Mum & Dad.

Wanda on

Can't wait to see more photos!

Gail on

Having fun :)

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