RTW: Take me to the beach…


Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the ladies at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question for participants to respond to on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

Today’s Topic: What is the most inspiring setting you’ve ever visited in real life?

This is an easy one for me: Cannon Beach, Oregon.

The setting of Where Poppies Bloom is fictional Bell Cove, based heavily on Cannon Beach, an adorable little town I used to visit with my family when I was a child. My husband, daughter and I made the drive there last September for a vacation (also, research :)) and it was so inspiring. A charming little town with a laid back, beachy feel. Kites and sandcastles on the beach, taffy and fudge to snack on in town, sunny days and crisp nights. Honestly, I’d love to live in Cannon Beach someday–it’s that perfect. Here’s what it looks like:





So, what’s the most inspiring setting you’ve visited in real life? Don’t forget to stop by YA Highway to see how everyone else answered.

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19 responses to “RTW: Take me to the beach…

  1. The Oregon coast is quite a place! My one big regret of living in Eugene without a car: I didn’t get to the coast ONCE during my MA program. You found lovely pictures! May the taffy memories linger…

  2. I’ve never been to Oregon, but I think I would love to live there. I really like the idea of seeing mountains and water all the time. That second-to-last photo? I want to be there. Right now.

  3. Beautiful pictures, I’d never seen the Oregon coast before. I can see why you would find Cannon Beach inspiring.

  4. The 3rd pic down is beautiful – looks like a painting!

  5. Stunning! One more reason I’m excited to be in Oregon now. I just have to find my way to this part of the coast!

  6. Um…what is that big rock thingie behind the houses – in the water? I love it! Oh, and whether you like it or not, I’m coming to visit you one day so you can take me to this place. It’s incredibly beautiful! I can see why it inspires you.

    • That’s Haystack Rock… it’s a landmark. It was in Goonies!

      You’re welcome to visit anytime, Alison. Maybe I’ll come visit you on the East Coast one of these days. 🙂

  7. That rock was in Goonies? How awesome is that? (Our film landmarks are the mall in Mall Cop and the zoo in Zookeeper.)

    • Well, those movies are… um… good, too. 🙂 And yep, you can see big Haystack Rock at the end of Goonies when the kids are out on the beach. So pretty!

  8. Wow, gorgeous! My husband and I are moving back to Washington soon, so I’ll have to convince him to take a trip down the 101–I’ve been wanting to do that for forever.

    • The 101 is beautiful. My family and I drove it down to LA a few years ago. It took forever, but we loved it. 🙂

      Exciting that you’re moving to WA… so good to have another YA writer in the Pacific Northwest!

  9. absolutely GORGEOUS<3

  10. I love Cannon beach! I used to live in the Portland area, and drove out there all the time. It’s beautiful! I loved the drive, too, and all the pick your own blueberry stands on the way.