Now, you know I'm a warm beach girl. I love the feel of the sun on my face, and the warm breeze. However, one thing we don't have on those warm East Coast beaches is the ability to see the ocean from up high. Since the Pacific Northwest beaches are IN the mountains, you're able to get a unique perspective, and it's breathtaking!
It's so beautiful it's almost surreal. Like we're standing in front of a fake background of something. But it's real. Oh, feast your eyes on the beauty!
We visited the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Cannon Beach (where the Haystack Rock from Goonies is).
Goonies Never Say Die!!!
The factory floor
Showin' Bessie some love
Mmmmmm, ice cream!
And we spent plenty of time on the beach, at least until the wind made it impossible. There are two things I can't seem to get used to about the PNW beaches: 1) Wearing a heavy coat. I'm used to wearing bathing suits, shorts, and tank tops at the beach. I can't get used to wearing a coat and sitting there freezing. 2) The wind. Wow, the wind is almost always whipping that sand around like a constant sand storm. No point in fixing your hair!
It warmed up a bit on the second day. We could remove our coats...until the wind picked up.
Our friends really wanted to go to a nearby shopping center to get a caramel covered apple. So, we walked around in some of the stores and goofed off (as we do).
We *may* like selfies
He caught me!
I'm also on a "trying new brands of coffee" kick, so Deek and I tried The Human Bean. My favorite part is the little chocolate-covered coffee bean they put on top! YUM!
On way to the beach, I saw this restaurant that looked totally fun. When I pointed it out to Deek, he said he'd always wanted to eat there but never had. So we decided we must give it a go on the way back home. The grounds have a lot of fun statues, topiaries, and old lumber equipment. It made the 20 minute wait for a table fly by!
We found Big Foot!
Deek is hanging with Sasquatch
I'm so glad we got the opportunity to have beach fun with our friends before we leave to head back East. We're hoping to squeeze in one more fun trip with them, so stay tuned to see if we can make it happen.
And as always, I loved spending the weekend with my husband. We got up early and went to breakfast, talked, lingered over coffee, and then drove down to the beach to meet our buds. I love every single second I get with Deek. He's fun, lively, compassionate, and a bazillion other wonderful things that wouldn't even fit in the whole of the universe if I tried to write it all. I'm the luckiest woman in the world to have him in my life. He enriches it exponentially. To the beach, the mountains (I learned coming here that the beach can BE in the mountains), the plains, from the Emerald City to New York City, at a fancy restaurant or at home in our PJs, I'd go anywhere and do anything with Deek. He's my best friend, my true partner, and my soul's perfect match!