There are certain places that speak to my soul, places that give me peace and feel special. For many this may be exotic places but for me it’s places that I return to often and feel a deep connection to. For me these places include:
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Both Cory have been visiting Cannon Beach since we were kids. It’s a stunning beach with a great mix of rocks and silky sand. When Cory and I were dating and still living in Oregon we would try to get to the coast once a month. I love the ocean and being at most beaches but there is something really special about Cannon Beach.
Not only is the beach stunning but the town is quaint with no big box stores or restaurants.
Cory and I drove through Moab many times when we lived in Albuquerque and would drive to Oregon a couple of times a year. We were intrigued by the cool little desert town. We never had a chance to stop but when we had the opportunity to go to a training camp in Moab we jumped at the chance. Moab was even more spectacular in person. Words and pictures really don’t do it justice.
Bend is an amazing place for anyone who likes the outdoors. I love Bend and specifically love Sun River, a small resort community just outside of Bend. I grew up going to Sun River with my family a couple of times a year. In recent years we have raced as a family at the Pacific Crest Endurance Weekend. Pac Crest is still my favorite triathlon.
Leadville is the most recent addition to my list. Ever since the first time we visited Leadville stole a piece of my heart. I loved the rugged, authentic nature of this mountain town. The trails around Leadville are some of the best I have gotten to run on. If you want to experience pure Colorado mountain spirit, be sure to visit Leadville.
Are there places that speak to your soul?
All places I need to visit! My favorite places are Vancouver (BC + the PNW in general), the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica and Stehekin in the north Cascades 🙂
Come back to Bend, please. And when you do, let me know! 🙂