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Summit of Neahkahnie Mt. October 2019

Spending a week back in Virginia for work I was excited to get home. There is just something about being back in Virginia that is soul sucking. Midway through the trip I got an email from Jenny. She wanted to go for a hike along the coast and wanted me to come along. I was already starting to miss home so I jumped at the chance to go for a hike with her when I got back. She found a few spots and a tourist information site for Cannon Beach so we were ready as we could be for the adventure in front of us.

We got a super early start on Sunday, meeting at my house at 7am. The night before I saw the New Mastersounds at the Wonder Ballroom so I was pretty tired. The drive out to the beach was only 1.5 hours and it was actually a pretty good one. The fog was super dense around town and as we headed up into the mountains. Half the trip we couldn’t see 100 yards in front of us which was cool.

Jenny picked the trail heading to the summit of Neahkahnie Mt in Oswald West State Park. I think round trip it was about 6 miles. I was more concerned about the elevation change then the distance. Looking at the trail map the lower section of the trail was all switch backs. They only use those when the grade is steep. Ugh. In the end it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. I had no problem keeping up with Jenny that morning as we hiked up the mountain.

Along the coast the fog was already gone but that didn’t mean the trail wasn’t beautiful. Going up we didn’t run into anyone. On occasion we would stop to look at nature and I always noticed how quiet it was. Lower elevations you could hear the cars from the highway but this quickly faded away till we eventually only heard the rustling of the trees.

The view from the summit once we made it was amazing. From the top we had a perfect look down the coast line as far as the eye could see. We could also see a little into the ocean from the vantage point and of course a good view of Neahkahnie. We were shocked at the number of people at the summit but after spending some time I understand why. We just hung out eating the lunch we brought, enjoying the view.

I like the mural and you get a good view of the kitchen too. Wood everywhere and a huge ceiling.

The trip down was pretty easy compared to going up. We ran into way more people hiking up as we came down. Getting that early start was really paying off. The parking lot was full with people were having trouble finding spots by the time we got back to the car. We cleaned up a little and decided to head to Cannon Beach for lunch. We decided on Pelican Brewing for a well deserved beer and food.

I have been to their brewery in Pacific City and I was impressed. The food was creative and both the food and beer were good. This being the flag ship brewpub it was also well appointed. No parking to speak of but the architecture more than made up for it. Lots of exposed wood beams, open and airy is how I would describe the feeling. Huge vaulted ceiling, concrete floors and wood tables all over the place. Bar area is pretty big with lots of bar stool seating. You have a decent view of some large brewing equipment. You also get a nice view of the kitchen and all the activity that is going on there.

After some good food and a well deserved beer we headed down to the water for a walk. It was only early October but the weather was already pretty cold. It was mostly the wind that made it so cold. We didn’t even bother getting our feet wet as it will be way to cold. Lots of other people out that afternoon enjoying the beach which was nice.

A great time along the cost when I got back into town. Trips like this remind me all the time why I enjoy living out here in Portland so much. In less then two hours I an get to the beach and have a change of pace. The same distance the other direction I can be at 10,000′ in the mountains. The view from the summit was amazing, the beer was cold and the walk along the beach magical.

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.