The Week In Pictures: 10.11.13 | Beaches and Bigfoot

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Last Saturday, my brother threw around the idea of heading to the Oregon Coast and asked me if I wanted to go bright and early Sunday morning. We’ve lived together for most of our lives and I know how quickly he changes his mind so honestly, I didn’t take him too seriously. “Sure, sounds like fun.”

I awoke early Sunday and got ready, just in case. And, I’m glad I did; he was serious. We hit the road by 9 am but we weren’t just idly heading to the beach — we were also on the lookout for Bigfoot. Yes, Bigfoot. Recently, one of his friends had taken a snapshot of a Bigfoot statue in a tiny coastal town and we were determined to find it (more on that later).

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

I visit Cannon Beach every year for vacation and it’s easy to see why I love it so much from these photos. Everyone else in the state thinks it’s as beautiful and picturesque as I do and every time we head there, it’s completely packed. The thing is, the main beach next to all the shops and stores is packed but I was let in on a secret over the weekend — if you head down the highway another mile, to the large rest stop, the beach is nearly vacant. Peaceful. Pristine.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

This is the part of Cannon Beach that I’d somehow never seen. I couldn’t quite believe it.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

The trees along the path down to the beach have such a cool look with branches jutting out in every direction.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

We walked for what felt like forever on the empty beach, but it was probably more like a half hour. The wind whipped around like crazy and the waves crashed but we didn’t care.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

I felt a little cliche taking the same shot what felt like 10 times in a row but I couldn’t stop. I’ve done a lot of traveling but I’ve never seen a beach as cool as this.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Seriously, those waves. I want this made into a print for my wall to remind me of what life is like outside of my office!

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Our time at the beach was fun but we still had some business to take care of; finding the elusive Bigfoot statue. Finally, as we rounded some tight corners on the highway that cut through what felt like miles of trees and farmland, there he was. We hit the brakes and excitedly hopped out with our cameras. The older guy living in the house Bigfoot is placed in front of came out and chatted us up — he’d carved him himself last winter and was pretty proud of his creation. We told him that if he was ever in the mood for carving more, we’d love one for our backyard. Because really, who can deny a magnificent beast like that?!

What a day. I ended up blowing all the deadlines I’d set for myself to get caught up over the weekend and I definitely paid the price this week. But you know what? It was completely worth it. Days like this remind me of why it’s important to break free, no matter how much work is piling up and just get out and see the world. I need to remind myself that this beautiful beach is less than two hours from my front door and take advantage of it more often.

Have an awesome weekend, everyone. I hope you have a great adventure, even if it’s nearby.

19 Responses to The Week In Pictures: 10.11.13 | Beaches and Bigfoot

  1. Melinda says:

    Such a great point! I felt the same way the past two nights. I just dropped my work bag on the floor and cuddled up with the fiance and watched cheesey halloween movies two nights in a row.

    Stop to smell the ros–I mean the sweet salty sea air! Right!

    Melinda

  2. Nadine says:

    I love this! Going to the beach is always a good idea. I’ve just been over on Kat’s site fangirling about meeting you ladies in Auckland next month – I will whisk you off to the beach given even less than half a chance!😊

    • Shauna says:

      Nadine: I am so pumped to be heading to Auckland for the first time ever and meeting you and all the other lovely ladies! I’ve heard only amazing things about NZ so I’m excited to finally explore it.

  3. Clay says:

    Love the pictures! I love the first one especially because it looks like an ad you’d find out of a 1990’s edition of Reader’s Digest :)

  4. kath says:

    When you go to Australia you should go to a town called Noosa (1 hour north from Brisbane) and walk along the coast from the sunshine beach to the surf club, so beautiful.

    • Shauna says:

      kath: Thanks for the recommendation. We have a set itinerary for Brisbane right now and I do know there’s some beaches and surfing involved so I hope this is one of the places!

    • Shauna says:

      Gala: We left our information with the guy in hopes he’d change his mind and carve us up a mini version! The best part is, Bigfoot was also holding a massive rock above his head but a windstorm blew it down. But yeah, holding a tray would be ideal for our backyard dinner parties. 😉

  5. erica says:

    These photos are so great, but that black &white one of you is incredible. Looks like something from a fashion spread! If your brother snapped that one, tell him he’s fantastic!

  6. Natalie says:

    LOVE the photos! You look like a badass (and you are!)

    I got the amazing opportunity to explore Portland this past weekend, and I fell in love. Countless breweries, Edgefield, Multnoma Falls, and a wedding!

    Definitely need to check out the coast next time!

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