Last weekend after a work meeting on Saturday, I had my car packed and headed north(west) for a brief getaway on the Oregon Coast. What better excuse than a girls weekend to get out of town?
Haystack Rock - Cannon Beach, OR
This is the fourth year now that our high school group has got together to rent a house, relax and enjoy some good meals and laughter together. I love that even after a few marriages, a few babies and even a few thousand miles between some of us, we've still made it a priority to get together.
Me, Jessica & Evie (flower girl from our wedding), Annie, Lauren, Taylor, Jolyn
Jackie and Teresa, we missed you!
The first few years we met up in Cannon Beach, OR and then last year we tried Hood River for a change. This year, we decided to head back to Cannon Beach as it is super relaxing, a semi central location between Seattle, Portland and Eugene, and it's beautiful there.
I arrived late Saturday afternoon just in time to meet the girls and walk the mile or so into town to walk around the little shops. It's your typical coastal town with quaint shops and a few good restaurants, but mostly outdated merchandise. Just fine by me. Better on the wallet!
Saturday evening, we all headed down to the beach to watch the sun set. The house we rented was in the perfect location as it was just up the hill from Haystack Rock, a somewhat famous coastal view.
Sleeping baby A
Cue cheesey waving photo that some stranger made us do...
Annie, Lauren and I brought our happy hour to the beach with us. More cheese factor.
To continue our tradition, Jess and I got out early for a run on Sunday morning before anyone else was awake. Jessica's husband Scott came to the coast and rented a motel room to help take care of their two young girls so she could spend some time with just us.
We headed out just before 7:00 a.m. to enjoy sunrise on our beach run.
If only I could be transported to the beach every morning for a tranquil run with views like this...
Jess and I ran about 3.5 miles chatting and jumping over little streams of water before she headed back and I finished for a total of 5 miles. My butt was definitely feeling it after a challenging at home HIIT workout on Friday.
After a little stretching back at the house, the other girls got up and it was my turn to cook. We all share in the meal making on these trips and I had signed up for breakfast, so I put together an oatmeal and toppings bar as well as items for yogurt parfaits. But I was too busy eating to take any photos.
We went back to the beach a little later that day to let the waves chase us and look at the starfish before the weather turned stormy. And once again, another successful girls weekend is in the books!
What are your plans for the weekend?