Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach, Oregon, is one of those places I have always dreamed of seeing. As we walked the beach toward it, it almost seemed to be a man-made structure because it was such a fantastic sight.
Haystack Rock was formed by lava flows. It is 235 feet in height, home to crabs, starfish, sea slugs and a place for nesting birds such as tufted puffins, gulls and cormorants. It is a protected Marine Garden, as it should be.
The village of Cannon Beach itself is a lively town, filled with tourists this time of year. The beach....perfect. It was such a pleasure to again be on the Pacific, having traveled from the Atlantic. As a dear friend commented to me, "from sea to shining sea." Yes, we have traveled that far and more. I stopped checking the odometer after we reached 5000.