Wow! How to describe the high feeling of being on Cannon Beach! For one thing, its the gorgeous sand. Feels nice barefoot. Miles of open space. No trees, just sand. People spread out with plenty of space to do it all: fly kites, build sand castles, lounge in folding chairs, read, ride beach bikes, sunbathe, swim, party, families... not a lot of singles (like me). I’m ok being solo. Dogs keep me company and occasionally talk with strangers. Everyone feeling friendly and easy talking.
Got beach pictures with iconic Haystack Rock. Great scene. Get same feeling standing near a beautiful heavy pour waterfall.
Walked through town and discovered town divided into three: north/south/downtown. North area has more of everything. Downtown Cannon Beach has Haystack, residential area, hotels, rental stores, and a few trinket shops.
Found dinner further south at Warren House Pub. Sweet spot with an outside garden/dining area. I had halibut plate. Good, nothing special. A black bunny rabbit loitered around in the parking lot. Maybe he’s tomorrows special!
Campground is packed tight with RVs. Big party (over 100 peeps) surrounding me. An annual family party. They go on past midnight before noise subsides. Not rowdy teenager drinking party, just inconsiderately loud fat people conversation and laughing drinking party. Don't wanna be a pooper so I say nothing. Awaken rested to an overcast morning. Empty the dogs. Make bacon and eggs. Ready for a Saturday on Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach is all they say. Its picturesque, charming, and magnificent. Its just not the kind of place for a solo guy like me. Plenty to see and do, but everyone is with somebody. Very few chances to interact since everyone is on their way somewhere. Fun to look for a day. I check out several art galleries and find a few plein air artists I enjoy. My coasters would work well in these shops.
The restaurants are full and it doesn’t feel like I’m getting away from it all. Another season, like Fall or winter may be more to my liking. The beach is great early in the morning with few people. Guess I’m not one for crowds. I’m ready for my next stop: Garabaldi, Bayview, and Tillamook.