In Oregon, spring break is on


by Pat Dooris, KGW Staff

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 6:52 PM

CANNON BEACH, Ore. -- More than a 100,000 kids in oregon are on spring break.

It’s a time to let go of the stress from school. Some will hang out at home and relax, others will work, and still others will travel with their families.

At the Oregon coast, businesses are ready.

“I’m seeing lots of foot traffic in town, and I think it’s gonna be another good spring break for us,” said Eric Johnson, executive director of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce.

In downtown Cannon Beach, groups of women from Hood River stroll along the sidewalks, admiring the sunny weather.

“Oh my gosh, it’s like wow. You couldn’t ask for better. You really couldn’t ask for better,” said Carol Hoffman who was gathered with a group for a spring break church retreat.

“It didn’t matter to me what the weather was going to be because I was looking so forward to this time and it’s just an extra blessing,” said Connie Benefield.

Out on the sand, Graham Shivers brought his family from Vancouver, B.C. It’s the first time he’s returned since he rode his bike through town years ago on a ride from Canada to California.

“I was filling up on a lot of cinnamon buns. Loved that. Cinnamon buns that was my thing back then. But I honestly haven’t tried the cinnamon buns yet,” he said.

He’s focused instead on building sandcastles with his children.

Back in town, four girls who grew up together in Lake Oswego are enjoying their final spring break as high school students. It’s their senior year.

“It’s pretty weird because it’s the last time we’ll be home then getting away cause next year we’ll be away then coming home for spring break. So it’s kind of an odd feeling but it’s fun. It’s nice,” said Claire Murphy.