A Spectacular End to a Busy Summer

We took advantage of the beautiful weather on Saturday and headed out to Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. There were a lot of people there. It was one of those rare days when it’s actually warm enough to sit on the beach. For those of you who are used to seeing packed beaches with suntan lotion-glistening bodies everywhere, it’s not like that in the Pacific Northwest. We generally have very cool, cloudy days on the coast during the summer and rarely is it warm enough to walk barefoot and without wearing a jacket.

We drove up to Ecola State Park for a picnic lunch and a peek at the spectacular views.

A beautiful day for a picnic in the park

That’s the Pacific Ocean behind Kendall. The park is situated high above the water with some beautiful views of the rocks and light house just off shore.

Crescent Beach

The only way to get to Crescent Beach is to hike down a 1.5 mile trail to the beach.

Sea Lion Rock

The big rock the farthest from the camera is Sea Lion Rock. It’s a sea natural arch.

Another look at Crescent Beach
Looking north toward Indian Beach

There’s a road down to Indian Beach, but the park was so crowded that they closed the road. There was no parking left down there.

We had a great time exploring Cannon Beach and stopping at Camp 18 on the way home.

Weekend at the Oregon Coast

While Kendall was off at a sleepover with her favorite Cavalier and a Westie, we were off to the Oregon coast for a weekend of fun. The company where I work was celebrating their 30th anniversary by taking the employees to Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, OR. We went over to the coast on Friday. Saturday was a gorgeous day, so we headed down the coast with no particular agenda. We found ourselves with time to explore all of the little places we’ve always wanted to stop but never had time to visit.

Otter Rock

One of our first stops was at Otter Rock. There we ran into three of my co-workers who were headed out surfing. It wasn’t until one of them pointed out that the rock looks like an otter on his back did I realize that it was Otter Rock. Now I can’t look at it without seeing it. Can you see it?

Surf Dogs playing at Devil's Punchbowl State Park
Looking north from Devil's Punchbowl State Park

We saw some birds out on a rock that were either cormorants or puffins. They were a bit too far away to tell. Then – we saw whales! There were a few of them feeding just off the coast. It’s always a treat when you get to see whales.

Then, we drove down to Newport where they were having a seafood festival.

Newport, OR


They grow those crabs big in Oregon


Sea lions basking in the sun

There was a sign explaining the cage. Apparently, it’s a sea lion disentanglement capture cage. The doors are left open and the sea lions are free to come and go as they please until a tangled sea lion enters the cage. Then, the doors can be lowered and the tangled sea lion anesthetized without the danger of it swimming off and drowning. Scientists can approach and disentangle the sea lion. You can read all about it on the Marine Mammal Institute’s site.

We don’t get many beautiful weekends at the Oregon coast, so we treasure them when we do get them.


4th of July at the Oregon Coast

We spent the holiday weekend camping at Nehalem Bay State Park on the Oregon coast. While it was in the 90’s in the valley, it was a nice cool 65 at the coast. It was really windy when we arrived on Thursday afternoon. The clouds rolled in and it cooled off. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings the marine layer was present and didn’t burn off until late in the day. BUT – no rain!

The park was surprisingly quiet. It was almost full every night. The interesting thing was that most people around us didn’t come and stay for the whole weekend. We had a lot of one-nighters. There were some big groups camping together that had the potential for lots of noise, but nothing ever came of it. When I was talking with the ranger, he said that he made sure that they knew that the beach was available if they wanted to party. There’s a huge dune between the ocean and the campground and they couldn’t be heard.

We were a bit worried about the fireworks. This was Kendall’s first 4th of July and we didn’t know what to expect. She wasn’t bothered one bit. The park was really strict about not allowing ANY fireworks in the park. The police were even camped in one of the spots. The town of Manzanita was very strict about no illegal fireworks. Overall, it was a very quiet and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Kendall met two other Blenheim Cavaliers staying in our loop. Believe it or not, they were both named Max! One was camping right next to us. We didn’t see them at all on Thursday, and when we got up to go for a walk on Friday morning, there he was. He was a 10 mo. old cutie. They left on Friday and another Cavalier moved in around the loop. He was a 2 yr old Cav.