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?
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 :-)