Are you a Goonie?

If so, you would know exactly where we spent our day off!That’s right; it’s Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast! I might be dating myself, but I have always considered myself a Goonie. If you have no idea what I am talking about -go watch, this movie from 1985! You will then learn- that Haystack Rock is a clue to find One Eyed Willy’s gold! One of my favorite films from childhood.

Mitch and I were so excited to take the Super Nanny and Mace to this very special place, as a bonus we were surprised to find out that the entire beach is a leash free dog beach. Pure Doggie Bliss, for Jetson- and his best friend Seamus, who also came along for the day. The furry boys were able to run to their hearts content!I was able to play with my lensbaby a little more… the next two pictures were my favorite of the day!Seamus is a beautiful, FAST whippet! It was so nice to catch him in a moment of stillness.

My guys were so patient while I got lost with my camera; they had no idea I zoomed in with my telephoto lens. If I had to guess, Mitch was probably teaching Mace about something complicated and wonderful, like Quantum Physics.

Just 30 miles from Cannon Beach is a small town called Astoria, since it was “THE” town in the movie Goonies, we decided to add it to our trip. It was so dark and dreary I thought it looked more interesting to shoot a few pictures in black and white. Even though it was gloomy I felt very warm and dreamy roaming around town. Everyone was so friendly and it had a creative vibe to the city.Fort George Brewery is a great place to stop for a bite and a beer. Mitch ordered a sampler and loved the Emerald Pearl Brew made with green tea.I loved the chalk art menuOne thing I think I have gotten into the habit of doing while we have been traveling, is to city shop. I always ask myself, could I live here? Would I be happy here? Would Mace and Mitch be happy here? Is there enough creativity and progressive thinking for us here? What is the art scene like? Can I get Organic Veggies and Grass Fed Beef here? And although, we have been and lived in so many cities, my list is short. Astoria might be cool enough to add to that list! I liked it!

Portland Through the Eye of My Lensbaby

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

John Ruskin

Reading this quote validates my happiness while we are here in Portland! It has rained every day since we arrived almost 2 weeks ago. I am trying to blend in with all of the complaints around the theater, but to be honest, I LOVE IT! It IS refreshing to me, besides my hair does this really fun curl thing, that only happens when it rains!

To add to my fun here, there is no sales tax, so I decided to take full advantage and buy myself a new camera lens I had been wanting for awhile. It is a creative lens that bends the focus, leaving only a small portion of your image in focus. It’s called a LensBaby- check out their website here! Kind of hard to explain, so I will just post a few pictures of what I have taken so far in and around the theater, Downtown Portland.Cherry Blossoms!Portland started the Food Trucks culture!I love the movement you can get from this lens! Mitch and Jetson walking the line of Food trucks!Jetson begging for…SPAM! From the Hawaiian Food Truck!Mossy Staircase!Portland Trees!Super Nanny and Mace having fun at the Theater!