Miraculously my hubby was given the weekend off a couple weeks ago. This rarely ever happens! So we took advantage of it and headed down to Seaside, Oregon for a little romantic getaway. The temperature on Saturday was in the 80's and it felt like summer! After we checked in to our hotel and checked out the ocean view from our window, we strapped on our tennis shoes we walked all along the beach and all around Seaside. We checked out different places to eat dinner along our route so we could think about what we were in the mood for. After we got back to our room and sat down for a little while we realized how hungry we were from our walk so we put our shoes back on and walked to a little family restaurant we thought would be a nice place to eat. After dinner we walked around some more and enjoyed the setting sun. Our room had a jacuzzi tub (and a fireplace) that I enjoyed not only that evening but also the next morning before Ruh woke up.
On Sunday we slept in and then went out for a pancake breakfast. After we checked out we drove about 10 minutes south to Ecola State Park. From the park you can see Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach and the lone lighthouse way out on the rocks. We decided to do a 3 mile round trip hike. It wound through the woods and along ocean cliffs and led down to the beach. On the trail we saw lots of elk tracks that looked very fresh. At one point I heard bushes breaking and the sound of something very big running through the woods. We stopped in our tracks and only feet from us were four HUGE elk. They were so majestic and beautiful but it also terrified me because they could have run over me in a second! I ran back down the trail in the opposite direction and Ruh just started clapping his hands and yelling. They took off up a cliff overlooking that part of the trail. Once they were completely out of sight I felt safe to continue. I did get some video of them but they are kind of hard to see.
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Once we reached the beach we climbed all over the rocks and cliffs and did some exploring. I decided I would like some time to just sit and enjoy the scenery so Ruh headed off to do some of his own exploring and I found a very comfortable rock to relax on. When Ruh came back we decided to find a different way back to the trail. But we would have to climb up some pretty steep cliffs. I was a little nervous about it but once again Ruh called me wimp and challenged me so once again I couldn't refuse. About half way up the cliff I realized I could not go any farther so we had to carefully make our way back down. But I have to say that is the highest I have ever climbed on a cliff and afterwards I really felt like I wanted to have another try at it. But by that time my arms were really limp and I was getting tired. So I went around back to the real trail head and Ruh met me. By the time we got to the car the rain started coming down. The jacuzzi in our room sounded so nice at that moment but we had already checked out. I am very thankful to have been able to go away with my hubby. Sometimes you just need to get away even if it's only for a night.