I trailed off about going off on a little winter vacation to the Oregon Coast after a recent post on what most of you must have found riveting on simple discount cash flow analysis. This was a nice little reprieve from the double drudgery of winter and work. It was also a nice little warm up for our 3000km+ road trip to Omaha in April. We stopped by the quaint towns of Seaside, Cannon Beach, and Arch Cape. Here are some photos from the trip.
Our first stay was in the town of Seaside, Oregon. Maybe it was just because it was winter, but the town was faded, tired, and worn. For some reason the vibe I got while we were there was some strange combination of Coetzee and Lovecraft – slow, drawn out narrative of dusty, tired, sleepy towns. Aside from that, Seaside was pretty cool…
Yeah, pretty random. The carousel wasn’t the only random thing in this city. There were bumper cars, out-dated indoor mini golf, and tourist shops galore. But the coolest thing was…
A fricken ARCADE called Fun Land! It was amazing. We spent more money here (playing overpriced arcade games) than anywhere else in Seaside.
Remember when you were a kid and you went to the arcade and won these coupons? Then you cashed them in to get candy or fart bombs? Our 25 only got us 2 pieces of candy, but the trip down memory lane was the best part of it all.
The beach at Seaside. I’m sure it must be much more beautiful and lively during the summer time.
We found a jerky store (of all stores there could be) in Seaside and I had to try Alligator jerky. I remember crocodile tasting (and looking) a lot like chicken in South Africa. The alligator jerky was delicious, but I’m not sure it had a real distinct taste – like chicken? I said that I didn’t fell too bad eating the alligator since it could eat me. That’s not the distinction I draw when it comes to eating meat, but it made me feel better about eating the jerky.
I also brought along a ton of Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups as I am in the midst of reading up on The Hershey Company and having a product in hand (in mouth?) makes thinking of the investment much more tangible. It paired well with the alligator jerky. These were my all time favourites as a kid and I haven’t eaten Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups since childhood and let me just say, they are like crack.
On the road over to Cannon Beach and Arch Cape after our stay in Seaside. We didn’t have any photos from Cannon Beach because it was absolute torrential downpour when we were in Cannon Beach.
We stayed a few nights in Arch Cape: this was the beach a short walk from the place we were staying. This was my favourite shot of the trip. The panorama feature allowed me to capture the dramatic sunset.
And we say goodbye to the Oregon Coast, pack up, hit up Panera Bread once more, and head back home.
(We used Airbnb extensively throughout this trip and were pleased. We used Airbnb to book our place in Omaha as well and that also worked out very nicely, as all the hotels were booked up for the Berkshire weekend in mid 2014. We’ve had some great experiences with Airbnb and would highly recommend it.)