Hiking Cape Falcon

This past Memorial Day, we decided to take advantage of the sunny weather and go on a family hike. With a twelve- and nine-year old, family hikes have to be interesting, just around three miles, and not so challenging that it makes them cry (we've had a anxiety attack on Cascade Head once). Cape Falcon fit our requirements perfectly. 

Located right next to Short Sands, it's about an hour drive from Astoria. Parking is usually tough in the summers, but we were lucky enough to find a spot right in front of the trail. I've found that arriving at a trailhead right around lunch time will give you great parking options as the morning hikers start funneling out. 

This trail in only about 2.5 miles roundtrip, with very little incline. There are only about three or four switchbacks. Peekaboo views of the ocean can be seen about ten minutes into the trail, and gradually increase as you go further. The end of the trail brings you to the tip on Cape Falcon, and opens up to a wide open view of the Pacific. On a clear day, you'll be able to see the coast on the south side, along with unobstructed views on Short Sands from a distance. 

 

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

Mister C turned the Big 9 on Friday, so I let both the kids skip school and we headed to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival for the afternoon! Wooden Shoe is a wonderful, colorful, and fascinating tulip farm east of Canby. It took us about two and a half hours to get there from Astoria, starting on HWY 202 then popping onto HWY 26. 

I'm a sucker for things like this - big festival style gatherings on themed farms, like Pumpkin Patches, and music festivals. When I saw it pop up on Instagram, I knew I had to drag the kids out there with me for the experience. We got really lucky with the weather, too. It ended up being a sunny 70 degrees and felt like Summer. I didn't edit ay of the photos, either (except for the one of the kids facing each other eating ice cream). The colors are really that vibrant and bright.