Fun In The Sun

Finally… over the weekend; after months of cold and rainy days — the weather temperature reached past 70 degrees for the first time this year. To celebrate the welcoming occasion, we decided to take a road trip to Long Beach, Washington. Long Beach is famous for its annual international kite flying festival and being the world’s longest beach.  It took over three hours to get there but the anticipation of walking bare feet on the warm sandy beach distracted me from the time. However, when we got there, it was windy and cold — the town didn’t look very inviting to me. Actually, I thought it looked rather depressing on a bright sunny day. So, after driving around the town a couple of times, I felt it probably would be better to head down to Cannon Beach in Oregon instead. Even though it was an additional 40 minutes drive, my instinct was right. It was a great decision. The beach and the weather was fantastic. I had a great time shooting the beautiful scenery and the furry kids had a blast of fun in the sun.

As always, I love watching the furry kids play. Their comical antics and the joy they express are priceless moments forever etched into my heart.

Of all the beaches I’ve been to along both Washington and Oregon coast, Cannon Beach is one of my most favorite. I love its smooth sandy beach and despite the rows of multi-million dollar houses packed along the coast, it still has the natural wilderness quality.

Cannon Beach is recognized by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock. It’s often accessible at low tide, especially in the summertime — and with an elevation of 235 feet, the rock is quite an impressive sight.  During low tides, there are many interesting tide pools to explore — which I love to do. The experience tends to bring out the kid in me and I find myself poking at the anemones, searching for sea urchins, hermit crabs and other critters with wonder and excitement.

Near Haystack Rock are two tall rocks rising straight out of the water — known as the Needles. Even though they are not as tall as the Haystack Rock, nevertheless, I find them  just as impressive. As I try to picture in my mind what the area must have looked like millions of years ago when volcanic eruptions formed these rocks.

It was a beautiful day to say the least… and nothing like an amazing sunset to end the day as we headed home across the Astoria-Megler Bridge  — the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.

 

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21 Comments on “Fun In The Sun

  1. I almost feel as though I was there with you, Emily. Your photos are so good I want to walk into them. Thanks for the pictures of the furry friends. Love those two!

    • Good to see you Morgan. It’s always fun taking photos of furry and non-furry kids. They make those special moments that will bring a smile to your face. Then again, your photos of Roman always make me smile. 🙂

    • Thanks David. Although, it was good to take a break and refocus on other things. It’s good to be back. It was hard to stay away and I missed seeing everyone’s creative work. 🙂

  2. Great shots of a beautiful place. I like exploring my new area but I must admit I am missing the water a little.

    • I know… everytime when I think about moving away from here and then I take trips like this weekend to remind me why I love this place — I need to be near the ocean. Although, judging from the photos of your new home, it sure looks like an awesome place to live.

  3. absolutely gorgeous! i’m glad you are finally getting some summer-like weather!

    it’s great to see a new post from you as well — missed you!

    • Thank you John. It’s good to be back. I was feeling the blogger addict withdraw after a couple of days but I made it through and was able to stay away from my blog and got some work done to move forward with my business. 😀

  4. Beautiful shots! Makes me long for the beach…not one close to KY at all! Love the doggy shots, and the bridge photo is gorgeous!

    • Thank you Bonnie. 🙂 I do hope someday you’ll make a visit out to the coast. It is a pretty amazing place to see in person.

  5. My heart leaps to see these beautiful pictures..Sun does a body good..We will be driving this time to Washington in August and camping at Ballard Beach and then at Fort Stevens near Astoria. Last summer we splurged on a bed and breakfast, this time it will be a tent. Lol! I love your sweet furry friends..

    • Sounds like a fun vaction for you ahead. Many years ago, when I was married, we used to camp along the Oregon coastal campgrounds every summer. Now that I think about it, thoughts of those trips bring smiles to my heart…

      Let me know if you need a place to stay while in Washington.

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