It all started on an exceptionally warm summer morning in Portland, OR.
Itching for summer weather to lift us out of a brutal winter and cloudy spring, this weekend was going to deliver some much-needed Vitamin D. We were heading out for a day on the coast and wanted to make the most of the weather.
We got going and stopped at Cosube surf shop for some last-minute gear. The shop itself is way more than your standard surf/boardsport storefront. They have a collection of high-end quality goods and a full coffee bar that also offers up an array of beers on-tap. Cosube was our one-stop shop for the day’s trip.
After about an hour and a half of driving, with a short pitstop to grab a variety pack of beef jerky from a roadside stand, we finally began to see the Pacific peak through the evergreens. From the road, the ocean looked fun. We saw some small sets rolling in and couldn’t wait to get down to the sand.
After driving a few more miles south to Short Sand Beach, we parked, loaded up our cooler and backpacks, grabbed the boards and began the hike down to the beach. The walk was pleasant. It meandered slightly through the woods, following a river that eventually spilled out straight into the ocean. ** Short Sand Beach is great because the hike down tends to deter large crowds.**
The waves were slightly blown out from the wind but we could see them building. It was time to throw on a wetsuit and have some fun. Throughout the day the winds changed, as they do in Oregon, and with that, the waves changed, too. There were definitely some cold water waves that got the ocean cravings out of our systems.
Around uKeg. Ahhh. Once finished, we packed up and hiked out. By this time, we were hungry for lunch and the rotisserie chicken we packed in the cooler was about finished. So we thought it best to head into Cannon Beach to find some grub.post-surf, we enjoyed a pint from our
Just a few miles up from the parking lot at Short Sand, we found Pelican Brewery. The tall wooden building stands like a monument on its corner. And with its large windows, the brewery is extremely inviting. We grabbed a burger each, some clam chowder (recommended), filled one of our uKegs with a local favorite, and went to a skatepark to work off the meal. (It turns out there is a skatepark in Cannon Beach! It was small but got the job done. We were the only people there for the most part, which was certainly a plus.)
It was getting close to sunset. To catch the view from one of our favorite spots, we drove to Ecola State Park. The park is an extremely short drive from the main drag in Cannon and has views of the entire coastline from its cliffs. We drove in, parked, and enjoyed a couple cold, local beers at a picnic table overlooking the Oregon coast.
The sun set, and we were on our way back to Portland — so glad that we made the most of the weather.
Stop at the Jerky stand on HWY 26 in Banks, OR. Seriously, It’s worth it!