Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

6/11/16 (Saturday) in Seaside, OR (Seaside-TT)

Cannon Beach is about 10 miles from Seaside so we thought it would be fun to check out this Sandcastle event we’d been hearing about. We learned later that it is the oldest consecutive running sandcastle contest in the west-52 years! You could say we were breaking a couple of our “rules”-don’t leave the campground on a weekend, don’t travel on the day before travel day, but it was a short way and was only happening today. We were told you just drive onto the beach (this is the only time of the year they let you do that here) and park there. Well, signs directed us to the Tolovona Exit. Then all we could see were cars parked everywhere. I hinted that we should follow the cars driving into Tolovona Wayside, figuring the beach would be accessible there but John turned the other direction. After wandering along several streets we found a spot to park, near this gorgeous hydrangea. I don’t recall seeing one that was both blue and pink in the same bush. There were steps to the beach, so we started our walk there.

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It took a good ½ hour if pressing into a cold driving wind before we arrived. Sheesh! All the time we watched cars leaving where we were headed wondering if we were going in the right direction. We survived, with photos to prove we saw the sandcastle entries.

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Lovely Haystack Rock dominated our walks to and from the sandcastles. Other times I was struck by the contrasts of rock, mist and people. Our walk back to the car was much calmer. No wind at all!


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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3 Responses to Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

  1. Debbie Ellis says:

    I’m so glad you got to see them up close.

  2. The bear sandcastles are my favorite. 🙂 So Cute!

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