DETOUR : MANZANITA, OREGON

As Oregon natives, it can be easy to talk up our own state. But, we truly believe this coastal town is one of the BEST on the Pacific Northwest. Manzanita is a small, quiet town that is about a 20 minute drive away from the more popular beaches like Seaside and Cannon Beach. Manzanita is a beautiful oceanside city with seven miles of sandy beach and it possesses the third most photographed scenery in Oregon, which once you arrive you can understand why.

Cody and I always head to this beach because it is not packed with people, and has a quaint environment. There is a small grocery store we went to to grab some snacks, a candy shop where we ate chocolate covered smore’s, and a great book store to grab something to read while sitting on the beach. Now, in Oregon it is a rare occurrence for the beach to be nice enough to sit on a blanket and read a book. Normally it is windy, cold, and crisp. Not ideal for your typical beachgo-er. We always wait for the perfect opportunity to go to the beach, and this day happened to be one of them. It was about 70 degrees out, with a light fog coming in which made for a really interesting day at the beach. No people, and the clouds made it barely visible, but the sun was peeking through the fog to make for a beautiful glowy day. On this day we went with my closest friend and the goal of this day was to find the perfect piece of driftwood for a project I was working on. So this day was filled with spontaneous events because we had no real set plans of getting anything done besides finding a stick.