The smoke in the sky had been relentless for weeks by the time I decided to try to run away from it; at least for the day. 

If
you’ve been paying the slightest bit of attention, you know that a huge portion
of the PNW is on fire. The atmosphere is oppressive, the heat punishing, and
leaving the house a chore.

In
an attempt to escape the smoke, and find some clear air to breathe, I decided
to pack up the puppy and head to the coast. There’s usually a steady breeze,
and the forecast was for 20 degrees cooler than here in town, so I was
optimistic I might find respite there.

When
trying to decide which part of the coast to visit, I decided on Astoria. My
logic wasn’t so great, because Astoria is a good bit north of us, and the smoke
was coming from British Columbia which is – as it happens – also north.

Head away from the smoke, not toward

By
the time we arrived, the smoke in Astoria was markedly heavier than inland. I
knew we’d have to go further south to try and find a place the smoke might have
dissipated. Cannon Beach is always a favorite, but nothing compares to my
favorite spot on the Oregon coast; Hug Point

Just us and the rocks

A
popular spot, the park was sparsely populated on a weekday. The breeze was
strong, and though there was smoke in the air, it was thin, mixed with a heavy
mist, and overall much easier to breathe.

Secret Cove Selfie

Though
the tide was coming in, I thought we could risk sneaking around the rocks to
the waterfall cove. The water was up to my ankles, but Enzo hates getting wet,
so I carried him.

We
explored the cove and scampered over rocks. Coaxing him into posing in front of
the waterfall – at this time of year, more a trickle – was a bit of a
challenge, but eventually captured a good shot.

Glamour Shot Doggo

Digging
in the sand featured heavily in the remainder of the beach time. Nothing quite
like letting the puppy wear himself out.

I know China is down there somewhere!!

We
continued south on the coast until we reached Tillamook. I kept hoping to
encounter clear blue smokeless skies, but to no avail. We came inland and had
burgers at Skyline Restaurant to console ourselves.