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CANNON BEACH, OREGON 3-19-01
Today I walked 8 miles to Cannon Beach and I thought it was a long 8 miles. It was fairly hilly, and about the time I was wore out pushing uphill, I crested the hill & found out it wasn't much easier going down.
The weather was beautiful today -- sunny & cool. That was such a nice change from last Friday.
I had no set plans when I got to Cannon Beach, I just wanted to find a place to stay. As I got into town, the first place I stopped at was a Christian Convention Center, with no luck. Then I stopped at the Visitor & Information Center. They gave me a map & sent me on my way. Then, as I plodded through town, I stopped at every motel asking for a cheap room. Usually on a good day I can get a motel room for about $20, but today I was really getting worried, because after checking about 10 motels, my cheapest price so far was $59. So I continued on, stopping at every motel, and do you know I ended up getting one for FREE!! At the rate I was going, I would've been happy to grab one for $40, so I was THRILLED when this lady gave me a room for free! It's a nice room with a full kitchen. I told her all I cared about was a tub & a bed, and she said she could take care of that.
After I got the room, I called up Julie at the Seaside Chamber of Commerce & told her I was staying at the Sandtrap Inn. Tomorrow morning I'm going to give a talk at their Chamber breakfast meeting, so she'll come by & pick me up at 7:30.
Tomorrow I'm also scheduled to walk 15 miles to Nehalem, and I'll be going over a mountain pass. So I'm planning on walking "free" tomorrow without my cart. I'm going to leave it here, then my friend Tom will drive over in the afternoon & haul my cart over to Nehalem. So I'll just take a small backpack with some water, my camera & my phone. That'll be neat to walk without my cart. I'll be climbing over "Onion Peak" at 3,064 ft. We'll see.
The town of Cannon Beach is the farthest point south that the L&C expedition came. Capt. Clark's entry on Jan 8, 1806 was "...from this point I beheld the grandest & most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed."
The name "Cannon Beach" came from a legendary cannon that had washed up on shore, one of 3 lost in the 1846 shipwreck of the US Navy schooner Shark.
The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is also located here. "Terrible Tilly"is a lighthouse built 2 miles out to sea on a lone rock amid crashing waves. It's construction began in 1879 but took almost 2 yrs to complete, with many harrowing moments. Terrible Tilly's oil lamp shone for 76 yrs before being decommissioned in 1957.
Downtown has many shops to see, especially art galleries. Cannon Beach has an amazing variety and number of shops for a town this small. It seems like a fun place to stay.
I'll be at the Sandtrap Inn tonight & tomorrow morning. You can call me at 503-436-0247 Rm 8. Take care and have a nice evening! KB

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