Incredible though it may seem, a mother CAN go away for a day. She just plain old can! So I decided to create a "perfect" day, and drive myself and my darling lab Faye to the coast. It's only an hour and 15 minutes away, the drive is GORGEOUS, I'll go on a week day so Cannon Beach won't be crowded, and then I'll drive down to Manzanita, have some lunch, be fabulous, and then saunter glibly home. WHAT A GREAT PLAN!
Now, admittedly, I am a little wierd when it comes to travel. First of all, I love it. I relish every part of it including the planning, and the packing. I love to pack! I take some pride in packing WELL. Organized, thoughtful, but fun. And stylish, let's not forget!! So I threw myself into prepping for this "perfect day" with vigor!
First, I cleaned the car.
I love a clean car when you're on a road trip. Vacuuming is a must, and washing the outside is good, too! That way you're already sparkling and the stage is set for all-around perfection as soon as you hit the road. I like to clear out all the trash and get the road tunes all squared away. And wash out the cup holders, while you're at it! Plan road-appropriate snacks, and brew a perfect cup of coffee to bring in your freshly-washed silver to-go coffee mug! Check!
|this is not my car|
Then, you must choose the softest, lightest beach clothes, in neutral tones, with perhaps a hint of sky blue or a whisper of plum. I wore my soft, slightly distressed boyfriend jeans, silver t-strap sandals, a slouchy grey tee from the Gap, a lightweight open cardigan, also grey, and some sparkling earrings from Anthropologie.
The Oregon coast brings out the mineral hound in me. I love love love the steel and slate grey palate of coastal blues and browns and neutrals. It's absolutely delicious to wear those colors when I'm there, and accessories of raw stones, or pearls. Something a bit organic, but with sparkle. Feeling that way, on my own at the coast is an absolute relaxing, serene, and peaceful delight. It's some kind of nature/fashion/roadtrip therapy, I swear!
Once I get everything perfectly packed, I get Faye all set up with food for later, and water and dog towels, and a little bed on the seat behind me, and we go!
The drive was awesome. Sunny, a good pace, and the reassuring local landmarks flowing by. We arrive in Cannon Beach and spend a half an hour walking along the main street. It smells so good! Salt air, taffy. I love the sound of the gulls. I got into the car to the sound of the 14 Hawthorne bus going by, and got out to the sound of seagulls and waves!
After Faye ran her little behind off on the beach, we got in the car and drove down the coast to my personal oasis, Manzanita. I was soooo looking forward to walking its pretty streets in my silver sandals, a little sand between my toes, breathing the scents of the scrubby pines. And also to shop at my favorite coast store, Unfurl. Today I felt lucky and especially so when I found the MOST beautiful freshwater pearl necklace for only $24. Faye and I floated down Laneda avenue to our favorite mexican restaurant for a taco on the deck. It was so warm, and so quiet. I felt like I was in heaven.
Reluctantly, but with renewed energy, we turned the car east and headed home. Another beautiful drive through dappled forests and lush green valleys, and we're back in Portland.
Ahhh, I don't ever want to live farther than an hour or two from the ocean. xo