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

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