Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day Trippers

Hi there!  On Tuesday my BFF from 7th grade Shirley and I headed out for a day trip to the beach.  I had looked at an Oregon map and plotted out a fun loop.  Want to go along?  Hop in!  We headed out Hwy 26 from Portland to Cannon Beach.  I love that Shirley likes the same music as I do and that she loves it loud, too.  I played my "Car Playlist" and shared a few new songs that Shirley loved - but she had many of the songs that you'd be surprised that two "older" ladies would be playing.  Lorde - "Royals", Alicia Keys - "Girl on Fire", Etta James - "At Last", Fever Ray - "If I Had a Heart", Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now", etc.  I have a varied musical palette.  We drove through the very busy Cannon Beach downtown and then on to my special lunch place, the Wayfarer.  I asked for a booth with a good view as I'm a blogger.. and we got the best table in the house, this was our view!!

There was outdoor dining, but I like my food hot, and Shirley feels the same.  But it was certainly the day for al fresco dining if you love that.

The gardens in Cannon Beach are spectacular, these Crocosmia were outstanding and must do well at the beach as they were EVERYWHERE!

I had beer battered prawns and .. oh. my .goodness... they were huge and perfectly cooked and delicious!  Just so you know my cholesterol is perfectly normal and I've kept my weight off that I lost.  :-D

After a leisurely and yummy lunch we walked around the restaurant to snap some photos that weren't through a window.  Haystack Rock is amazing.

Walking back to the car I spied this amazing rose in the restaurant planter.

What amazed me about that rose was the HUGE rose hips!  They looked like tomatoes!

They also had a Hydrangea which was a very pretty color of lavender and pinks.

Shirley and I are both antique aficionados so we drove back to Cannon Beach to my favorite shop there.  

They have really nice antiques and the shop is bright and clean.

This little hobnail milk glass basket came home with me to add to my collection.  Wouldn't it look sweet filled with Sweet Peas?

 We then drove South on Highway 101 - below Cannon Beach - I pulled in to a beach access parking area and walked down to get this shot of Haystack Rock from the other side as before.  See the ocean clouds off shore?  Lot's of families are having a fun day at the beach.

When I downloaded my photos and was looking through them on my computer - I burst out laughing at this one.. a sea gull flew right in front of my camera and I didn't even notice.

I pulled over when we were climbing up Arch Cape and handed Shirley the camera to catch this photo of Garibaldi.  (I think!)

We drove down into Manzanita and enjoyed the closeness of the ocean.. I got this shot there.

We stopped at Wheeler and there was a huge antique mall in some of the old buildings - all along the front of the buildings were potted plants for sale which looked fantastic, like a blooming garden!  This Dahlia caught my eye.

In Garibaldi I saw these trains out of the corner of my eye and wheeled in, parked and walked up to get this photo of the old train.  Dayle worked for Southern Pacific Railroad as an engineer for 32 years.

There was a man in this engine firing it up, isn't it a neat little engine?

Next stop - the Tillamook Cheese Factory!  They have the prettiest old schooner on display out front.  S/V Morning Star.

Inside they have this old bus for people to pose in for a photo!  We got some cheese curds.  :-)

Then for the big adventure - to drive West from Tillamook to find Oceanside.  Which was a beautiful drive and we found a restaurant that my sister Denise recommended, for a light dinner.  These Daisies were alongside the sidewalk with a view of the ocean.

Rosanna's Cafe - we shared a meal of halibut and salmon topped with bay shrimp - fingerling potatoes and roasted butternut squash.  A neat place with a great view - but the offshore fog had rolled in so we couldn't see much.

I brought the boys a couple little VW buses from Tillamook.. :-)

OK.. I must jet.. volunteering at Multnomah Falls this aftern.. byeeeeee...
((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Just as lovely as ever. We used to have a whole hedge of those roses and I loved the resultant hips in the Autumn best if all xx lots of love

  2. I love your pictures of one of my favorite places on the Oregon Coast. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow! You hit the weather just right. Thanks for sharing your trip and beautiful photos. My favorite stop in Cannon Beach is Center Diamond fabric's truly amazing. My BFF, who lives in Southern Oregon, and I will be heading to Bandon in a couple of weeks. Hope we get the same kind of sunshine at the coast.

  4. Oh what a fun adventure you two had...and thanks for taking us along, too sweet friend. :) ((hugs))

  5. What a wonderfully fun trip. The beach is so pretty with the rock formation and the prawns look delic! I enjoy antiquing also and it looks like you found a great treasure. Hope you are having a great day. Heather

  6. What a fab day out with your buddy Teresa. The weather was perfect for you too x

  7. What a wonderful day… the souvenirs for the boys

  8. What a fun day out you and Shirley had! Loved seeing all your pictures, Teresa! If you weren't so far away you could have some of my sweet peas to put in your lovely little basket! Loved your bead bracelets in your previous post too, you make such colourful and pretty ones!
    Helen xox

  9. Ahhhh I can almost feel the sunshine and cool sea breezes through my computer screen. I'm glad you and Shirley had a good trip. You answered a question I had this week too, I think. I saw a bush at church that had some large cherry sized "berries" on it and I wondered what kind of bush I was looking at. A lady next to me said she thought we were looking at rose hips, but I did not realize they could be so large. Now I am thinking she is correct :) xx

  10. Hi Shirley!! {{{{waving}}} It's good to see you again. :-). Teresa, this is one of my favorite drives although we haven't eaten at either of those restaurants. Haystack rock is beautiful as always and it looks like there are lots of people enjoying it long with the two of you. Tilllamook!!! Love the cheese curds at the cheese factories. And of course we always finish the visit with a waffle cone. Yum! Thanks for taking me along with you.

  11. My Teresa you do have fun! I wish I could be with you on just one trip!! The day was perfect and the little boys look so cute with their gifts.

  12. What a wonderful trip with your best friend. I am so glad you had beautiful views, beautiful skies, beautiful food and a beautiful friendship.

  13. That view of Haystack Rock is spectacular! This sounds like a perfect day to me :)

  14. OMG, that shrimp! Gimme! :) I'm so glad you had a nice day. I like Lorde too! I love the Tillamook vans, but did you hear that some were stolen recently? I think I saw it on I hope they got them back where they belong, those vans are so cute.

  15. Just gorgeous pictures I feel like I just went to the beach myself. Hanks for the tour my dear friend. :)

  16. WOW!!! What a lovely beach and what fun you and Shirley had!!! Good food, good company and an antique shop??? You couldn't get any better than that!!!! Have a happy weekend!!!
    AMarie xxx

  17. I love your pictures especially of the beach ..... just because It's very hit weather here and I don't have beach to go ..... Thanks !

  18. Looks like a wonderful day trip, which I plan to take myself some day! Would love to have a look around in that shop and bring home a treat for myself. Your food looks and sounds wonderful. Not much going on around here. I'm a little out of sorts not having the alone time I'm used to. Guess I'd better get used to it! Have a good day at the Falls!

  19. What a great trip!
    I love all the views especially Haystack Rock..
    love making memories like this.

  20. Oh wonderful Teresa and how neat with the sea gull in the picture, great shooting lol
    STEAM TRAIN..... oh how I love them, one is coming next saturday to my town so yep will take
    HEAPS of pics ☺☺

  21. Wonderful day trip. Your view from your table was fantastic. Now my belief is that you can limit yourself all you want but once in awhile you need to treat yourself so you don't feel deprived. The meal looks yummy, I could go for that myself. I also like a variety of music, about the only think I can't stand is hard rock and some of the rap tunes, other than that I like just about anything. One of the neighboring towns near me is a railroad town, Bellevue Ohio. They are home to a museum and the Old Nickle Back Rail Road trains. They have Norfolk and Western train lines and I have a couple friends who work for the RR.They have a huge train rail yard and a big round house. I always love the pics you share of the ocean. All in all I would say you had a fun filled day with an old school chum.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  22. What a wonderful day you had out and about with your BFF! The beach looks absolutely wonderful. And those boys look so pleased with their VW buses!


  23. Oh Wow. You always have such lovely trips....and good food! I think I'm coming to stay! I loved the haystack rock ...and the photo with the seagul. They have to get everywhere ...don't they! The flowers were lovely too....and so bright. Thanks for taking us along. Joan

  24. Impressive photos Teresa and what an exciting yourselves I love to listen and sing a long to music while driving. In fact I always say it calms me down and I enjoy my driving more that way. I do indeed love the photos of the beach but most particularly the seagull photo as I think that is quite an artful shot even if you had taken it unawares. In all you look to have had a wonderful outing.

    keep well

    Amanda x

  25. Yea! I am SO happy you were able to make that beach trip you've been wanting to--and with a close friend, even better! The Wayfarer is totally yummy and I love it there; haven't been to the other one you mention in Oceanside...Ah! LOVE the crocosmia--can hardly wait till ours bloom. Isn't it amazing how we are so focused on getting a photo and yet don't always take in what it is in our view? :)
    Have a great weekend.

  26. I love that your still best friends with someone from the 7th grade (or year 7 as we'd say here!) I'm very blessed to be friends which I think I've known since I was 4 or 5, amazing!

    Glad to hear your cholesteral is good and yay for keeping your weight off, but seriously you're fab so as long as you're happy & healthy nothing else matters :)

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  28. Lovely photos....the photo with the seagull is pretty cool! We were up your way today, went to Hood River for lavender festival. The line into Multnomah Falls was backed up when we went by, glad we weren't going in there. Nice day out and back home. With fruit as well from one of the farms I frequent. Have a good weekend!

  29. Oh, I so want one of those prawn cutlets !!! Might have to take myself to the club one day this week and have some. Lovely pics from what looks like a wonderful day out. The boys look really happy with their little vans. xox

  30. I just so want to come and visit all these beautiful places.


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