Marisa’s boss took spring break off, so we took the opportunity to get out of town for a couple of days at Cannon Beach.
We stayed at the Sand Trap Inn, which is just south of the downtown strip. The weather was sunny and beautiful each day we were there, although it was a bit windy (but then again, it IS the Oregon coast). We had good meals and beer at Bill’s Brewery and The Warren House. The beer at both places was Bill’s, and it was quite good. At Bill’s, we had a great shrimp and cheese sandwich and fish and chips, and at the Warren House, we had their awesome babyback ribs.
Marisa was dying to get a kite and take advantage of the windy weather, so we got a little $15 shark kite at the kite shop in downtown, and headed out to the beach. After crashing and burning for a bit, we readjusted the kite string and finally got our little guy airborne.
The next day, it was on to Manzanita, which I never realized was such a great little town. I’ve always driven past the turnoff to the downtown area, but it turns out it’s really kind of cool. It reminds me a little of Carmel, California, on a smaller and less expensive scale. The tide was out and we walked at least 200 yards from the sea grass out to the edge of the ocean.
Then on to Tillamook, for the cheese factory tour. It’s always the same, but still oddly enjoyable. It’s crazy to see the machines at work, and I always learn something new about cheese. We always stop in the shop and get a bag of cheese curds, which if you haven’t tried them, are fantastic. They’re basically small hunks of cheddar cheese that haven’t quite finished aging yet. They’re salty and delicious, and they squeak when you eat them.
Take a look at some of the photos from the trip: