Day Eight

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
Trip End Sep 13, 2007

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Today was our last full-day of play. Pushing back the feelings of sadness realizing that vacation will be over soon, we focused on having fun.
We began our day visiting the Seaside Aquarium. The selling point of the aquarium is the opportunity to feed their seals. Clearly the seals are experts at this and can spot a tourist with seal food a mile away. They begin all their showy tricks - cute sounds, twirls, posturing and slapping themselves with their fins (don't ask) as you begin walking towards the tank. As you get ready to throw your first piece of seal food (bits of raw fish) they flash their top move - the eyes. One glance from those big browns, and you are ready to hand over not only the fish, but perhaps your ATM card and pin number. They are so adorable.
After yesterday afternoon's stroll around Seaside and this morning's trip to the aquarium, we were left with a sneaking suspicion that we didn't quite fit in around here. The tourists in Seaside are a mix of families with young children and senior citizens. The shops tend to be more tourist traps, arcades and candy stores than the galleries and quality locally produced goods we like. We even had trouble finding a decent T-shirt shop for Bill. Not to say that Seaside isn't a good spot, it just doesn't fit our style.
We checked with our hotel to get a few dinner suggestions for the evening. In the course of our conversation, we figured out that Cannon Beach, seven miles to the south, was more our style. Cannon Beach is great! The town is filled with galleries, bakeries, smoothie/espresso shops and decorative stores. Even the t-shirt shops were nicer. We wandered for a few hours and then hit the beach to finish out the day. Canon Beach is one of the most recognized and highly rated beaches in the United States. Known for Haystack rock, the beach has fun tidal pools and is very photogenic. We poked around the tidal pools at low tide finding starfish, anemone and a baby halibut. Then we got comfy on our blanket to watch the sun go down and the tide come up.
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