There and Back Again


This month my mom and I took our new annual trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon and we ventured to some new places this year! One of them ended up being a failure, but hey “life is a journey, not a destination” right?? You have to make the most of what you have, and live in the moment. I had a wonderful vacation and am excited to share my adventures with you; expect beaches, lighthouses, snow and even a shipwreck!

We started off our trip on Friday by driving to Crater Lake from Portland. It’s about a 5 hour drive and we were all geared up and ready for it. Since we weren’t sure of the road conditions through the northern route (because we knew there was still snow at Crater Lake), we decided to go south all the way to Medford, OR and enter Crater Lake from that direction since we knew for sure that was an open route. By the way, at Medford we were probably about 30 minutes from the California border! That’s how far we drove! Practically the entire length of Oregon haha. Anyways, at Medford we finally saw signs for Crater Lake and began the 76 mile trek through Rogue River National Forest to Crater Lake National Park.


Beautiful drive through Oregon on our way to Crater Lake

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I wonder if the Goonies had Mr.Kimble as their kindergarten teacher?

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

After mom and I left Ecola State Park, we drove the 22 miles north up the coast to Astoria, Oregon. Astoria has that shabby chic kind of charm to it; which makes sense as it is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. The landscape is dominated by hundreds of Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides, and remnants of Astoria’s fishing industry past are still present near its wharf at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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“Heyyy, youuuu guyyyys?”

Welcome to Cannon Beach, Oregon!

Yep, my title is quoting a line from the 1985 cult film “The Goonies”. And why, you may ask? Well, that’s because I just returned from a marvelous vacation with my mom to Cannon Beach, Oregon, where the concluding scene in “The Goonies” was filmed. Haystack Rock, clearly visible in that scene, is Cannon Beach’s most famous landmark.

Haystack Rock – this is my favorite picture I took in Cannon Beach.

My family and I have traveled to Cannon Beach two previous times in my life, but only for short day visits. Mom always wanted to return and actually spend some time in Cannon Beach, so to celebrate both our birthdays, we finally achieved our goal of spending a long weekend in the beautiful seaside town. The Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite regions to visit. I don’t think I could spend year-round there with the damp weather, but I LOVE to visit. Oregon and Washington are seriously some of the most beautiful places you will ever visit! The rain makes the landscape so green and vibrant, it’s breathtaking!

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