Cannon Beach in August

Banner3333333threehearts2Well, our annual family vacation to Cannon Beach was a wonderful retreat and much needed.  We had fun doing some things we haven’t tried before and we had the pleasure of witnessing a wedding right out front of our condo on the beach.

The sunsets were amazing and as usual the Pacific Ocean was beautiful!  I took lots of pictures to share with you 🙂  Our first night started off with Matthew and I picking up Fultano’s Pizza for dinner – MMMMMM Good!IMG_4398  Matthew and I did some window shopping while waiting for dinner…

IMG_4444  And we were not even prepared for the glorious sunset that first night!

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IMG_4465  WOW!  The sunsets were like that every night – dramatic and beautiful.

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IMG_4557  The waves and the sand looked like sprinkled gold while we watched “The Preacher” that married the happy couple, feed the seagulls in the air.

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IMG_4578  Everyone played and enjoyed the warmth of the sun late into the evenings…

IMG_4580  Matthew, Naomi and I tried out the fun bikes – and yes, they are fun!  But lots of work too 🙂

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It was as perfect as Cannon Beach always is.

IMG_4675  I found myself looking into the sky often, thinking that those would be the perfect clouds to rise up and meet Jesus on…

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Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

March Travels

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threehearts2Last Thursday my Hon- and I packed up and headed for Cannon Beach again.  To get there this time, we headed toward Canada.  We do know that Cannon Beach is south of us, but sometimes it’s much funner to get there taking the long way.  We wanted to go over Stevens Pass so we headed toward Bellevue then through the cute little town of Monroe along the Snohomish River…

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Where some parts of the river run fast and some parts are standing mirror still.

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We followed the river into the mountains. The sky was beautiful and all of God’s creation was praising Him with us along the way.

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Up on Stevens Pass, there was more snow than we thought there would be and the icicles were huge and hanging and dripping in the sunshine on the side of the cliffs. There were lots of people skiing and having a blast.

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From here we passed through Leavenworth, headed toward Wenatchee and then over Blewett Pass down into Ellensburg.  As we traveled over the mountain range dividing the Pacific Northwest from Eastern Washington we noticed quickly that the tall, thick evergreen trees soon become very sparse…

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and quickly gave way to an enormous clearing that lasted the rest of our drive through the eastern part of Washington.  After a quick stop, we were off again down the old highway, Canyon River Road heading toward Yakima.  I traveled this road from Moses Lake with my family almost every weekend as a child to visit our family in Yakima.  The old highway hasn’t seemed to change much. It’s still that beautiful bare land of rolling hills and tumble weeds, where the wild horses roam and the Yakima River flows through.  Now we are heading the right direction – due south.

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We were amazed at the amount of horses that we saw grazing and enjoying the sunshine.  We often wonder if they belong to someone – but who?  There is nothing for hundreds of miles.  Some of the horses were grazing right on the edge of cliffs!  I need to ask for a longer lens for my birthday next year, so I can get some up close shots of the horses so far away on those hills 🙂

From there we traveled over Status Pass we came down to the Columbia River Gorge that runs between Washington and Oregon and started heading west toward the ocean and the setting sun. There stood beautiful Mount Hood in full view and slowly the tall evergreens began to reappear and we felt like we were home again in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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And the sun went down on the Columbia River Gorge…

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and then it was too dark to take pictures for the rest of the trip, but when we pulled into Cannon Beach 12 hours and approximately 550 miles after we left our home, and got settled into our room, we looked out onto the Pacific Ocean and took a deep breath and praised the Lord with our whole being!  Our God is amazing and He is worthy to be praised!  Hallelujah!

After sleeping soundly to the beating and thundering of the ocean waves on the beach, we woke up at 5:30 the next morning to the moon setting on the beach right outside our window.

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Our view didn’t look out toward Haystack Rock this time, it was of the opposite direction, but there are beautiful rocks to look at there too.  I call them Haystack Rock #2, and if you squint your eyes and look really hard into the foggy background, you may be able to see what might be Haystack Rock #3.

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As the day rolled on, it seemed as if it had not changed from when we were visiting in November.  The sun was gloriously shining on all the people walking, swimming, sunbathing, beach biking, and flying kites on the beach.  It was almost 70 degrees just like it was in November!  Crazy weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but we are not about to complain at all!!  We really don’t mind having weather in the high 60s in November and early March. Really…

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I loved this bright pink kite…

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The sunsets were amazing at Cannon Beach and it was peaceful, full of life, and full of praise for the Creator of the Universe!

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On Sunday we packed our bags and headed back home – but not the way we came.  I’ll have to show you pictures of our trip home on another time.  Until then…

Blessings and Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

6 Fun Things We Do In Cannon Beach

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As you probably know by now, our family loves to go to Cannon Beach. We’ve been going there on vacation and day trips for so long, it has become like home away from home. It is such a beautiful and quaint little town that I’m always kind of shocked when I meet people who have never been there.

It’s popular enough and close enough to our home that we often see friends and even family when we go. A few weeks ago when my husband and I went to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary, we saw some friends from our home area that we haven’t seen for a long time.  It was nice to catch up with them while standing in the Safeway in Lincoln City, just outside of Cannon Beach.  They had found an old Victorian style house with 6 bedrooms to rent for $150 per night.  This is not a bad rate at all.  They were loving it.

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We have several different things we like to do and I wanted to share 6 of them with you today, just in case you would ever like to vacation in Cannon Beach for yourselves.

1)  Walk on the beach – Nothing beats a walk on the beach in this beautiful location on the Pacific Ocean.  You can find sand dollars, starfish of amazing colors, and the birds are of all types and plentiful.

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2) Talk with the locals – There are some wonderful people who live in Cannon Beach, and they always have interesting stories of how they came to live there and the different people from around the world they have met.

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3) Whale watching – Actually, there are some great whale watching opportunities at a place south of Cannon Beach called “Devil’s Punch Bowl”.  The best time of the year to see the whales is from November through the winter.

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4) Bruce’s Candy Kitchen – This is a must visit!  There is an old-style taffy pulling machine and amazing candies galore, including my favorite Dark Chocolate covered Sea Foam!!!  You have to try it:)

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5) Osburn’s Ice Creamery – Another one of those must visit places!  We love the fun atmosphere and service in this little shop, and the ice cream is fabulous.

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 Oh, and you have to pet the black lab on the way out.

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6) Walk to the Rock – Hay Stack Rock that is.  If you go when the tide is way out, you can see the most beautiful colored starfish ever!

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While we are in Cannon Beach, we typically stay at the Tolovana Inn and we like to go during off-season.  They have a special:  Stay three nights, pay for two, get one free.  We like the Tolovana Inn because it is right on the beach. The condo we stay in is spacious with a full kitchen, dining room, and living room, and is close to Hay Stack Rock.  It also has a salt water pool, hot tub, sauna, and workout room.

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Have you ever been to Cannon Beach?  Why do you like to go?  Do you have a favorite hang out, coffee shop, or pizza place?  I have so much more to share with you about our love for Cannon Beach and all the glory of God that we see when we are there.  Until then, I hope you take time to share some of your favorite places to visit on this beautiful Earth God has made.  Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Beachcombing!

Constance

Cannon Beach, Oregon

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If you have spent time on this blog, you probably already know that our family loves Cannon Beach, Oregon.  It is a very special place on God’s amazing earth and many people travel from all over to spend a day or two, a week, or even a whole summer there.  “What is the attraction?”, you may ask.  Well, if you have never been, you may never know.  I truly believe that all the words and pictures of Cannon Beach gathered together in one place could still not give you insight to what the attraction of this beautiful place of God is.  You simply must experience it for yourself in order to know.

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The youngest of my two sons, loves to take pictures of the waves at Cannon Beach.  He gets the camera dangerously close, most of the time.  But the pictures that I have to share on my blog make the whole ordeal of me screaming on the beach well worth it! Can you see the beautiful mountains in the background?  They have sharper peaks than we are use to seeing here in the Puget Sound and it seems that the trees are shorter and more bushier.  It makes the mountains look green and fuzzy.  Every plant that you see in the small town of Cannon Beach looks extremely healthy. Maybe because of the salty air from the ocean.

 

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Beautiful places like Cannon Beach remind me of God’s Word. You cannot experience the deep beauty of them without going there yourself. God is the Creator of the universe and He created these beautiful places for us to experience a relationship with Him. It’s not a place to worship His creation, but to worship the only One and True Living God who created it all.

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“For since the creation of the world
His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen,
being understood through what has been made,
so that they are without excuse.”

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As I get older, I find myself drawn more and more to places like Cannon Beach. I think it’s because my longing for Heaven is increasing and Cannon Beach is like a glimpse of Heaven on earth. It’s a place where I feel closer to my Creator, away from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. Back to the basics, back to the sand and the waves, back to His people, who seem for a moment to have laid aside their differences and have come to enjoy God and fellowship with each other. It is a place where we can focus on truly loving God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind and loving others as ourselves.  It is a place to worship the God of Heaven and Earth, our Maker.

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Do you have a favorite place you like to go?  Is it to the beach or would you rather stay inland?  Is it far from your home?  Busy or relaxed?  I would love to hear where your family likes to hang out and why you like to go there. Leave a comment below and let me know 🙂

Happy Worshiping!

Constance

Cannon Beach Between The Toes!

Early Sunday morning:

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Listen to Josh Garrels – “Little Blue”

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So, I got up real early on Sunday morning and made a lovely and easy casserole dish for the kids; one they could surely survive on for a few days…

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My Chicken Pot Pie Casserole Dish

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Recipe for:

My Chicken Pot Pie Casserole Dish

I actually made up this recipe!  If you know me and my serious lack of good cooking skills, you know how much of a miracle this really is.  God must have really wanted me to go to Cannon Beach with my Hon-!  Thank You LORD!

Cook 3 cups of desired noodles as directed, I used egg noodles.  Drain and put into a casserole dish – add one can Cream of Mushroom and one can Cream of Chicken soups and a 1/2 cup milk.  Stir – don’t mush the noodles 🙂   Add 1 cup frozen, pre-cooked chicken strips – I get mine from Costco.  Add 1 cup frozen vegetables of choice, these are also from Costco.  Stir again.

Now comes my favorite part:  Melt 1/2 cup margarine.  Crush 1 pack Ritz Crackers (I actually crushed them while they were in the package), and stir into melted margarine. Sprinkle the mixture with a spoon onto the casserole.  Bake for 45 minutes uncovered at 350 degrees. MMMMGood!

We all went to church and then…

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My Hon- and I were off to Cannon Beach; he drove and I relaxed 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We got a room with a view of Hay Stack Rock and the ocean, between our toes… We chose to ignore the parking lot next to Mo’s 🙂 But I am an avid “people watcher”, so if you were down there – well, I probably saw you 🙂

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I created things while Hon- listened to worship music – some of our favorite things to do.

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We ate breakfast at our favorite restaurant called “The Local Grill and Scoop”, went on a walk between the raindrops with ice cream cones from a man named Josh who loved Jesus and loved to worship on the piano in jazz style (we can relate :), and we had salad and pizza at Fultano’s for dinner.  We saved some of the pizza for the kids and also bought them candy at “Bruce’s Candy Kitchen”.

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We went back to the hotel and relaxed by the fireplace and watched “House Hunters”. There was a couple who bought a get away house in Cannon Beach and they got a great deal!  We were both surprised 🙂

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We went for a drive and got some beautiful pictures of the ocean!

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Look at those beautiful rock formations!  This part of the Pacific Ocean is famous for these 🙂  Isn’t God’s art work amazing!

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These pictures are not in black and white – it was just very stormy and overcast, but O so beautiful!  We love Cannon Beach – it’s like being just a little closer to our Awesome God through His amazing creation.  We praise Him!
We took one last picture and headed back home to our wonderful kids – what a Beautiful time with my Hon-!

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Hay Stack Rock & Seagals in March

Take a break, even if it’s close by and just for a few days – Do it, it’s worth it!

Blessings!

Constance

Cannon Beach in November

I love my Hon- 🙂

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To celebrate our 26th anniversary – October 10, 2013, my Hon- and I headed over to Cannon Beach, Oregon for a few days.  Although we weren’t able to get away until November – Cannon Beach was beautiful as always…

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God’s creation is amazing. Watching the ocean roll out and back again, but coming up on the shore only as far as God will allow.  He is truly sovereign!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I praise Him for His wondrous creation and for our wondrous marriage!

Happy Day!

Constance