Cannon Beach: A Day Trip From Portland, Oregon

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If you’re visiting my blog for the first time, please excuse me. I have recently just lost my father so everything is a bit off kilter these days. Right after I got the news that my father died, I couldn’t focus on anything. Grief hit me pretty hard. My mind would wander and I just couldn’t get my s&^t together (sorry). One thing that I often do to help me through these layers of loss is to get away, even for a few hours. I feel like leaving your “home” or base is vital for your well-being. Removing myself from sadness helps push me forward. I have been in Portland, Oregon with some really close friends as of late and I decided to do a day trip to the Oregon Coast but at the time, I didn’t have a plan. I just started driving and as I was driving along the 26 West Freeway to the coast, I saw some signs for Cannon Beach. I decided that was where I would spend the day.

I have been coming to Cannon Beach since I was a child with my parents. I was obsessed with the Goonies when the movie came out and being the lovely parents that mine were, they took me to Astoria and Cannon Beach. My parents and I would do little weekend road trips either to Seattle, Portland, or the Oregon Coast. These places hold fond memories for me.

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Reliving fond memories. A photo I shot of my father when I was 12

I love the Oregon Coast. Even when it’s busy, it’s so quiet compared to beaches in California. Each time I visit, I try to go to a new place (sans this day trip Cannon Beach) and each time I fall more in love. I drove out to Cannon Beach on a midweek day so there were barely any people in town. It was really quiet and peaceful. Going there was just the quick escape I needed. There is something about being in nature and by the ocean that helps me when I’m feeling a bit down.

Some helpful tips for Cannon Beach:

  • Take the 26 West from Portland It’s about a 1.5 hours and there are signs all the way there (even if you don’t have navi or cell phone service, you can get there just by following signs). My cell service is pretty spotty once I leave Metro Portland, but I had service (I am with T-Mobile) at Cannon Beach.
  • There are a couple of free parking lots. I parked by the one beside the skateboard park.
  • There are free bathrooms by the parking lot.
  • There are really cute shops, galleries, and restaurants that line the blocks before the beach. There’s a little market called Ecola which serves cooked and fresh seafood. I grabbed a chowder to go because I wasn’t hungry at the time. I bought a bowl’s worth to go but wished I bought a quart because it was amazing!

Here are some photos from my Cannon Beach day trip:

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Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast

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GoPro travel - Cannon Beach |

A different angle of Haystack Rock. Shot on my GoPro

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Trying to be Socality Barbie. Just kidding. Not really

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I swear every photo of Haystack Rock looked different

Even for a few hours, the escape to the Oregon Coast was exactly what I needed.


Do you take day trips from your home? If you do, leave them in the comments.
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