Cross Country Journey Officially Completed

This past weekend I completed my cross country journey.  I know that technically I already made it to the west coast and have actually been here for a couple of weeks.  For me the journey wasn’t finished till I saw the pacific ocean for the first time.  While I was in Newport, the further east on my journey, I saw the Atlantic from Fort Adams.  This past weekend we headed to Cannon Beach along the Pacific over the Labor Day weekend.

Taken August 6th 2017. The Atlantic Ocean as it flows into Narragansett Bay. The Claiborne Pell Bridge is in the background.

This was just a day trip but a really cool beach town.  We along with a ton of other people got of of town for the holiday.  Traffic getting there was pretty bad but honestly it was expected.  The town itself is a typical beach town in my opinion.  It was packed with tourists, had little available parking, small hotels all over the place and typical beach shops.  What I found to be different was the beach itself.  Out here they are super wide and really cold.  The only people I saw in the water had full wet suites, everyone else was ankle deep.  The sand was also very different.  Very fine and didn’t stick to anything if it wasn’t wet.  The beach also didn’t have a lot of “junk” in it, just grains of sand which was refreshing.

Taken September 3rd 2017. The Pacific Ocean at Cannon Beach, OR. You can see Haystack Rock to the far left.

I spent all afternoon on the beach which was nice.  I was so exhausted and just happy to be there I just sat and watched the people.  When the sun was shinning the temps and breeze off the water was nice.  It wasn’t till late in the afternoon when the sun started to set that it got really hot which I am still getting use to.  Everyone keep saying it was not your typical Oregon beach weather so I feel I lucked out on the weather.  I didn’t leave my seat but there are tide pools and Haystack Rock to explore.  This beach was also used in The Goonies movie so there is that little bit of nostalgia for me.

I have seen the Pacific, mission accomplished, move complete.