Cannon Beach and the Mist

We approached Cannon Beach after a steep downhill grade and a long uphill climb.  It was sprinkling.  We’ve found it is very rare for water not to be draining from the sky in the Pacific Northwest.

Cannon Beach is absolutely my favorite little beach town we’ve visited.  It’s quaint cottage culture is irresistible.  With a focus on handcrafted artisan work, the community is unique and beautiful.  We got lucky and arrived in the midst of an art festival.  Ben and I splurged a little and got a cottage with a fireplace that smelled like a cozy sauna due to it being wrapped in cedar.  You appreciate everything all the more when you are on an adventure like this.  The warmth from a fire, a hot shower, a bed, and a cup of tea are all 10 times better than they’ve ever seemed before.

We set out to explore the town and walked out to the seashore.  Unreal.  Both Ben and I were speechless as we looked out at the sea grass and giant rock outcroppings jutting out of the ocean.   Cannon Beach holds the most picturesque coastline we’ve seen.  It has a magical feel to it.  After a rather hysterical photo shoot on the beach, Ben and I attended a local art gallery open house which gave us access to free food and drinks and some really beautiful art. 

Following a local’s advice, Ben and I headed to the Irish Table for dinner, a rustic and cozy restaurant that was turning people away when we entered.  Somehow they took our reservation for one hour later and sent us to the bar next door.  The bar was set in a hardware store!  It was such a fun atmosphere.  Ben and I sipped on our glasses of wine next to the wrench section.

Two older couples sat across from us.  Midway through our time there one of the old men spoke up, “This is what’s wrong with America today! “ nodding our way.  Ben and I were both searching for the following nights lodging on our phones, while not talking to each other.  We looked up and laughed, explaining our situation.   We must’ve looked like that couple that can’t stand each other.  Ben was quick to explain he was sick of me, with that impish grin of his.

The next day…

Turn on a showerhead with a light flow of cold water and point it directly in your face for five hours; do that and you will know exactly how today felt.  With strong winds from the south today Ben and I were pelted with a light rain that constantly poured down our faces.  I kept joking that I had a water beard as it streamed off my chin. 

Here goes!  More to come on today’s riding once we’ve had a rest.


5 thoughts on “Cannon Beach and the Mist

  1. Sandy & Pascal

    Bonjour Chelsea and Ben
    This is Sandy from Bonjour Cafe, following every rain drop and BEAUTIFUL places you both have visited!!
    Love your blog, and the pictures are amazing!!! I can smell the cedar wrapped cabin!! WOW,,, sounds perfect!!
    Enjoy this most perfect adventure, I certainly am!!
    Your Fried Egg Sandwich will be ready on your return!!!
    Be Safe and Enjoy!!
    Sandy and Pascal

  2. Sandy & Pascal

    Bonjour Chelsea and Ben,
    This is Sandy and Pascal from the Bonjour Cafe, I sent an earlier reply but not sure you got it?? Anyway, we absolutely LOVE your blog and the pictures are perfect!!! This adventure is truly amazing and wish you both a safe journey full
    of memories!!!! Take Care, Sandy & Pascal

  3. pascalou2012

    Bonjour Chelsea and Ben
    Ok here goes my 3rd try to send some news!! What am I doing wrong ?? Hehehe
    Anyways pascal and I are following your adventure through the rain drops and beautiful
    places!! Amazing energy you two have!! We love your pictures and perfectly worded blog!!
    Be Safe and Enjoy yourselves!!!!
    A bientot !! Sandy and Pascal

    1. chelsealawson2012 Post author

      Bonjour Sandy and Pascal! It worked! I just got your messages. It is so good to hear from you! I miss you both and of course the delicious fried egg sandwich. We will definitely bike to Bonjour Cafe once we get into town. I have already told Ben how much I love it! Cant wait to see you and tell you the stories in person. Hope all is well. -Chelsea


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