Monday, December 12, 2011

"I Go To the Sea to Breath"

Starting the trip with birthday flowers from Tom
Celebrating my birthday,
Tom and I took a road trip to my favorite place.
The Oregon coast.
Our first destination was Newport, Oregon.
We have never been there and heard it was beautiful.
It was nearing sunset and I couldn't wait!
Faster Tom, FASTER!
Newport Oregon, first stop. Wow!

"The Travler's Life List" by Patricia Schultz lists the Sylvia Beach Hotel one of,
"A 1,000 Places To See Before You Die".
This 1912 hotel has only 20 guest rooms but they are decorated to honor classical authors i.e. Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and Agatha Christie. There are no telephones, TV sets or radios in the rooms. This ancient hotel has no elevator. Tea, coffee, books, puzzles and games are located on the top floor.
We stayed in the Agatha Christie room.
Dinner our first night was here at the Green Gables.
Two Italian sisters, serve their Grandma's recipes.
Happy 60th Birthday!
Full moon on the Ocean.
Sunrise, looking at our hotel,
while on my morning walk/run, on the beach.
When I got back, Tom had a warm,
cozy fire waiting for me.
Tom telling Kimmy all about our room
and view from the deck.
We left Newport and headed north, up the coast.
A must stop is the Tillamook Cheese factory.
Shopping (Christmas) in a room full of all kinds of cheeses.
Then off to Cannon Beach!
Our first sighting of Haystack Rock.
(Tom understands my love of this beach!)
Room with a view
Still celebrating!

We walked everyday down to Haystack Rock.
One mile down, one mile back.
Picture perfect, sunset at Haystack!

Downtown Cannon Beach:
 Homes around town:

 Our traditional Crab Dinner!
We buy a fresh crab and enjoy it at our dining table,
while looking at the ocean view.

Thank you Tom for the best birthday ever!

We will be back because...

I go to the sea to breath!


  1. I'm so glad you had so much fun. We can't wait to go back with you guys in a few months!!!!

  2. Christine
    WOW! What an amazing place. How I wish I lived close enough to visit.
    It is just awesome. You will definitely never forget your 60th
    And Tom really spoiled you 'big time'. So glad you had such a blessed b'day!

  3. That Tom knows how to give a perfect Birthday present. I've been longing to personally visit that rock for years! Now I know its name and where it is! It is a famously photographed rock, is it not? What a wonderful trip. It must have been great to enjoy all those nice places, pretty venues and great food. (Crab, yummmm!)
    I'm happy for ya!

  4. Ohhhhhh Christine,
    i'm so happy that you and Tom were able to slip away and enjoy God's beautiful world! I've been to Haystack Rock beach before and remember it as simply stunning! Your photos take me back there in my memory! since, Wayne and I have been stuck here all year, your day trips and get-a-ways have become mine too! Thank you for sharing your 60th Birthday with me!
    Dee Dee

  5. What a neat trip....well neat is too mild a word here.... how about fabulous! Thanks for all those great photos.

    You mention Cannon Beach.. my aunty and uncle live there. How cool is that. I've never been, but now I must go visit them and this marvelous place.

    I love the places you stayed in.....

    So glad it was such a special time for you both!


  6. What a wonderful trip! Oregon looks breath taking! I am so glad that you were able to do something that you LOVE with the one that you LOVE on your 60th BD!

    Happy Birthday my Friend!

    God Bless You!!

  7. What a wonderful get away
    Happy Birthday.
    I am pretty {very} impressed that you have a morning walk/RUN!
    You go girl.

  8. What an absolutely perfect trip!

  9. I tell you that man is a dream to plan such a perfect 60th birthday celebration for you, Christine!! And, you are looking fabulous!! Breathe on, girl!! YES! blessings ~ tanna

  10. I love cannon Beach! I've never seen it decorated for Christmas before...

    What a beautiful place to breathe.. Happy Birthday!

    Blessings, Debbie

  11. It looks fantastic and a perfect place to spend your birthday. I just saw your makeover post below. I didn't think it had been that long since I had visited, but I had missed it.

    Again, SO INSPIRED by you!!

  12. Wow!! The Big 6-0 is lookin' GOOD ON YOU!!! :) :) :)
    I'm so glad you got to take such an awesome trip with Tom to celebrate your birthday!! :)
    Everywhere you went was so beautiful. I so long for the West Coast! I have only been as far as Las Vegas. :) Great pools, but no OCEAN!! :(
    It's hard to choose what I love post about this post...but I think that picture of you in profile is a framer! :)
    Blessings, my friend. <3

  13. Oh my gosh, Christine! What a fantastic birthday trip! I'm a beach bum myself and can't wait to get back there before long. As for that hotel, wow! Just wow!

  14. You look younger this year than you did last year! Not many people can say that! So happy for you! Looks like you trip was just perfect! There's nothing like taking time to get away for a breather by the sea!

  15. nice post! thanks for sharing friend...happy holidays...

  16. Happy birthday! And what a cool way to spend it. The place you stayed looked so cute! I would love something like that. And I always love being by the ocean. The perfect way to celebrate.

  17. This was one of the most romantic, beautiful posts that I have read for a long time. YOur heart is in your words as you write and it just made me smile. I love Cannon Beach and you gave me a real gift tonight when you shared all those pictures. Many years ago, I lived in Cannon Beach for one year, and I truly think it is one of the prettiest places on earth. That was in 1973 and so much has changed since that. I have looked at your pictures over and over. Thank you so much for sharing your birthday trip with blogland.

    Happy Belated 60th Birthday to you! Must say you look great at 60! I am close behind you:)

  18. It is one of my favorite places on earth. I lived for 5 years in Oregons wine country about an hour from here. I so love this area.


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