|Jumping in front of Haystack Rock|
Cannon Beach, Oregon
I've always found beauty in gray, drizzly skies. Landscapes fade into the distance. Cities glisten. But it's the coastlines that truly shine, coming to life in moody soft focus.
When we pulled into Cannon Beach after a seven hour drive up the 101, we were instantly immersed into a deep gray world, despite the July date on the calendar. Gray skies, threatening rain, gray seas, speckled with white capped waves, and a massive gray monolith, known as Haystack Rock, greeted us on arrival. And we were wowed.
While the weather may not have lifted during our three-day stay, our spirits definitely did. Days were spent hiking the rocky coastline, wandering the charming streets in town and just watching the waves envelope wayward rocks in the sea.
On our last morning in town, we made our way to the beach at sunrise. It was here Cannon Beach's true colors showed themselves in the shallow tide pools of Haystack Rock. The gray sea retreated to reveal a vivid display of orange and purple starfish, iridescent mussels and bunches of burgundy seaweed. This usually submerged scene provided a colorful discovery around every jagged edge. We explored with child-like enthusiasm until the tide began to return, tucking this stunning secret back beneath the waves.
For us, each gray day in Cannon Beach was a peaceful retreat, a photographer's dream and a traveler's treasure. And, on the rare occasion we experience a mild, drizzly day at home, I realize just how ready I am to return.
Where to Rove in Cannon Beach, Oregon:
- Haystack Rock's spectacular early morning tide pools. The exact time varies by the time of year and tide but just ask around. It's worth the early wake-up call.
- For a tasty salt water taffy treat after a perfectly gray day, visit Bruce's Candy Kitchen. You can't miss its pink and white exterior. The pomegranate flavor was my taffy of choice.
- Sip of some of the Northwest's best wines at Lush Wine Bar.
- Hike the Clatsop Loop Trail at Ecola State Park, just north of Cannon Beach, for views of the infamous "Terrible Tilly" lighthouse and the monolith-laden Oregon coastline.
|Haystack Rock Tide Pools|
Cannon Beach, Oregon