Highway US 101 parallels the coast of Oregon, sometimes only a few meters from the breaking waves and never more than a few kilometers distant and as the Oregon Coast is generally considered to be among the most beautiful in the world, the drive along US 101 is an epic road trip. July of this summer my wife and I, along with our two dogs, loaded up our classic 1988 motor home and spent several days exploring the Oregon Coast. Among the most spectacular of the sights was Haystack Rock, located in Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach is a small coastal community of about 1,600 residents and is located 128 kilometers west of Portland, Oregon. It is a destination resort area, playing host to 750,000 visitors annually who are attracted to its 13 kilometers of sandy beaches, the spectacular Haystack Rock, and many tide pools to explore.
The accommodations are mostly high end resorts that are located along the beach while the more modest (but not too modest) lodging are available a few blocks from the beach. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from but don’t expect fine dining restaurants. A specialty along the Oregon Coast is fish and chips and some of it is very good but other than Oregon seafood, do expect burgers, pizzas and such to be served. The best among the attractions is Haystack Rock.
At 72 meters tall, Haystack Rock is the third tallest intertidal sea stack or monolith in the world. During low tide you can walk to its base and explore the many tide pools found there that are just brimming with sea life including starfish, sea anemone, crabs, and sea slugs. Many sea birds, including terns and puffins, call this rock their home as well. But for a Lomographer, the attraction is the rock itself. One could well spend many days there photographing the rock at different times of the day and in different weather conditions, but the road was calling to us already and we left after a couple of hours for points further south along the Oregon Coast.