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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 09:12 pm
valentine's day at cannon beach


Over Valentine's Day weekend, Nicole and I took a road trip to Cannon Beach.

We took off on Friday afternoon early enough to beat most of the rush-hour traffic, but it was slow going for about half the drive, and overcast with occasional brief showers. We stopped for some snacks at a weird roadside store that included a little bakery, which featured some rather alarming day-old Valentine's Day goodies. We opted to pass.

Our room was great. I managed to reserve a room at The Courtyard, more or less based on the pics posted on the website ... which really don't do the place justice. The tub didn't fill from the ceiling, but it was huge and jetted. The room was pretty big, and also had a gas fireplace, a comfy chair and ottoman, a table and chairs, and a little deck. And it was quiet -- despite the town being booked solid that weekend, we didn't hear a peep from our neighbors, or anyone else at the property.

We grabbed some dinner at a place called The Lumberyard, which I really don't recommend unless you're hankering for generous portions of somewhat greasy food and slow service. I don't think anything could have put a damper on our spirits, though.

Saturday started out sunny.

Here is Nicole, selecting a chocolate from a box I got for us her.

This is a pretty accurate representation of what most of the weekend was like.
The tide was low at about 3,
so we went for a walk down to the beach.

You can't take a trip to Cannon Beach without taking a few dozen pics of the rock. Here's my fave.
Here is Nicole, and the rock.
Here is me, and the rock.
There were a couple hundred people poking around the various tidepools at the base of the rock, and a German woman making sure no one trespassed onto the wildlife refuge on the rock itself. She was friendly enough to take a picture of us (and the rock), but I like this one more.
A couple hours later, we found a place to watch the sunset, and were treated to this.
Awwww.

Nicole made a reservation for us that night at Gower St. Bistro, which, it turned out, was a 5-minute walk from our room. The meal was one of the most incredible I can remember. We started out with the cheese plate, which featured something called Humboldt Fog, which I swore was a bleu cheese, but turned out to be a goat cheese with a rich, buttery texture. For dinner, Nic ordered the filet and I had the pork chop, both of which were prepared perfectly and had an excellent combination and balance of tastes. The portions were sizable, too, and we had to turn down dessert.

Sunday was absolutely beautiful,
so we went for another walk on the beach
after a leisurely cup at a nearby coffee shop
and checking out.

I made this all by myself.
We drove south toward Tillamook, stopping on the way to take a few pictures.

This is February at the Oregon coast, remember.

We stopped at the Tillamook Dairy Visitor's Center, which you might have thought was Disneyland from the crowds that day. After waiting in a line for a burger, another line for ice cream, and yet another line to buy some cheese curd, we were a bit disappointed to find out that the factory floors were more or less shut down, so there was little activity to be seen from the observation areas. We did see a pretty cool machine that extruded 40-pound cheese cubes, though, which reminded me a little of the Play-Doh factory I had as a kid.

Turns out they ran out of cheese curd about 30 minutes after we bought it, but Nicole stopped me from trying to sell the bags we bought for Tori at a premium.

After the fun and excitement of the cheese factory, we headed home. All in all, an excellent Valentine's Day getaway. :)

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kimie
kimie
KiMiE
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)

Aww...looks like a very nice time. Cannon Beach is my fav.


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)

I was going to say it before in N's journal, and I can't get the zombie image out of my head. And it's nothing personal because I think 99% of the population takes bad kissing pictures, but it looks like you're trying to suck her brains out in the 'awwww' picture. Don't hate me.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)

Shhh--I was.


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)

I KNEW IT! At least she looks like she's ok with it. ;)


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Thursday, February 28th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)

Dood, zombie love is the hottest!


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sinndar
sinndar
Tracy
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)

Awwwwwwwww.

I don't know you well at all, but I've actually had the pleasure of meeting your girlfriend, and I couldn't be happier for you both.

I am so jealous though; one day I will descend on y'all and make you take me to that rock!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)

Thank you!

It's a pretty easy rock to find (Haystack Rock) and a fun trip to get there; I doubt you'll have to twist anyone's arm that hard.


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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)

Finally, someone to take up some of the work of being a relentlessly cute and lovey couple. Whewwww.


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sushi4k
sushi4k
kris
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)

just what i was thinking, jeff and sandi have understudies! YAY! :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)

Oh please. As if anyone could. :)


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shebear
shebear
Won't you be my neighbor?
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)

Humboldt Fog is one of the greatest food products known to man.

Also, that looks like a great weekend!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)

Both the cheese and the weekend were fantastic.


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kaleidoscopeeye
kaleidoscopeeye
Kaleidoscope Eyes
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)

That looks like a lovely and romantic weekend :) You seem very happy! Glad to see that.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)

Thanks!


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rougeforever
rougeforever
Liz
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)

How wonderful! And you're using the l word :)

I'm glad you had a good time.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)

Lumberyard?


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rougeforever
rougeforever
Liz
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)

Yes!

I had a job
I had a girl
I had something going, mister in this world
I got laid off down the lumberyard
Our love went bad
Times got hard
Now I work down at the car wash
Where all it ever does is rain
Don't you feel like you're a rider
On a downbound train?


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kathyrhino
kathyrhino
kathyrhino
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)

What a picture-perfect weekend! I am also really happy for you both and am glad to see things going so well.


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luvsammy
luvsammy
Samalamity
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)

Yay! I have couple-y pics in front of Haystack Rock too! I also need to get to Tillamook soonish and visit the grandparents. Looks like a great weekend.


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