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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Carol and I swanned down to Cannon Beach on the only full day of her two night trip to the beach.

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Mostly, I photographed the gardens as we walked around.

Our walk was all around this area.

Our walk was all around this area.

I am always relieved to see that other city gardeners have areas they don’t have time to make perfect:

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the other corner of that intersection

the other corner of that intersection

blackberry sneaking through a hebe

blackberry sneaking through a hebe

(I’m not being holier than thou. You can often find a blackberry sneaking into our Port of Ilwaco garden by the restroom pavilion, and to find a weedy area in Long Beach, just check the parking lot berms.)

downtown window boxes

downtown window boxes

Every single downtown business has landscaping.

Every single downtown business has landscaping.

hardy fuchsias on a side street

hardy fuchsias on a side street

more hardy fuchsias

more hardy fuchsias

(Note to self: While my own garden abounds with hardy fuchsias, I could certainly use more in the Long Beach parks.)

I knew a secret path up into the cottagey beachfront neighbourhood.  It is private, but the public is allowed to walk through “at their own risk”.

the semi-secret path

the semi-secret path

up the stairs; note the sitting bench by the tree.

up the stairs; note the sitting bench by the tree.

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looking back over the steps

looking back over the steps

an attractive arbour...

an attractive arbour…

...which has two benches.

…which has two benches.

fence post toppers

fence post toppers

and a fence top gull

and a fence top gull

my favourite Cannon Beach arbour

my favourite Cannon Beach arbour

my favourite Cannon Beach Cottage (The Bears)

my favourite Cannon Beach Cottage (The Bears)

annuals

annuals

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my favourite beach front garden (cleaned up for fall)

my favourite beach front garden (cleaned up for fall)

the view from that corner

the view from that corner

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to the south, Haystack Rock

to the south, Haystack Rock

my favourite beachfront hardscape

my favourite beachfront hardscape…

and its entryway

and its entryway

the wisdom of Cannon Beach (no fireworks!)

the wisdom of Cannon Beach (no fireworks!)

another beachfront corner

another beachfront corner

in the distance, the Tillamook Lighthouse

in the distance, the Tillamook Lighthouse

telephoto of "Terrible Tillie"

telephoto of “Terrible Tilly”

historic photo

historic photo

This house was once on the cottage tour, and had a reading chair in each dormer.

This house was once on the cottage tour, and had a reading chair in each dormer.

You could buy that twin dormered ocean view home for $1,200,000.00 .  Well, someone could.

The Ocean road becomes non-vehicular.

In the next block, the Ocean road becomes non-vehicular.

stairs to the beach

stairs to the beach

We turned away and walked back to town down the main street.  I think it would have been more pleasant to walk along the beach.  We were, however, hungry for lunch at Bill’s Tavern.  I was mighty tired and dizzy when we got there.  Carol and I agreed it is hard getting old(er).

borrowed from Bill's website

borrowed from Bill’s website

inside (with Halloween decor)

inside (with Halloween decor)

excellent reasonably priced food

excellent reasonably priced food

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albacore tuna sandwich with a touch of curry, backed with cod and chips

a revitalizing albacore tuna sandwich with a touch of curry, backed with cod and chips

an opportunist at an outdoor table

an opportunist at an outdoor table

a human (not an employee) feeling compelled to ruin the bird's meal

a human (not an employee) feeling compelled to ruin the bird’s meal; why?

more good landscaping across the street

more good landscaping across the street

I wasn’t especially dizzy any more.  (Lest you worry, I’ve been lightheaded on occasion since 2008 so it is probably not life threatening yet.)

leaving Bill's with photo taking energy restored

leaving Bill’s with photo taking energy restored

I have been to Cannon Beach with friends who want to browse into every shop.  Thank goodness Carol is not like that and is content just to stroll along and look at gardens and window displays.

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one of many courtyards

one of many courtyards

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia

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a touch of autumn

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wineshop with grape vine

wineshop with grape vine

At the end of the street of shops, Carol and I found a place to sit and relax for awhile.

overlooking the estuary

overlooking the estuary

Ecola Creek Estuary

Ecola Creek Estuary

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No vehicles on the beach at Cannon Beach....so much more beautiful than ours.

No vehicles on the beach at Cannon Beach….so much more beautiful than ours.

young gull disappointed that we had no snacks to offer

young gull disappointed that we had no snacks to offer

We decided we needed some espresso for the road so sought out one of the world’s most pleasant coffee houses in a little courtyard off the main street.

Carol approached the lovely Bella Espresso.

Carol approached the lovely Bella Espresso.

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outdoor seating nook

Carol pointed out the existence of journals!

Carol pointed out the existence of journals!

I got all excited…but the journals were not like the Sylvia Beach room journals and were mostly drawings rather than words.

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the best entry I could find

viewed from our window seat: euonymous climbing high

viewed from our window seat: euonymous climbing high

 a lovely ambience in Bella Espresso

a lovely ambience in Bella Espresso

We relaxed with our pleasant interior and outdoor courtyard view for a long while before walking back to Carol’s car and our drive back to Ilwaco.

one last Cannon Beach garden photo

one last Cannon Beach garden photo

Carol dropped me off and returned to the Sou’wester for a quiet evening of reading in the Zelmar Cruiser vintage trailer.

Next: While we went to Cannon Beach, Allan went boating on Oregon’s John Day River.

 

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