If you are old enough to remember any movies from the 1980s you may remember the Goonies movie. Some scenes from that movie were filmed at Haystock Rock in Cannon Beach. This is an enormous rock surrounded by beautiful tide pools at low tide.
The first time we went there the tide was coming back in so we didn’t get to see many tide pools, so we went back again to try to time the tide right and ended up being able to see a beautiful starfish and some sea anemones.
It was foggy the second time we went, giving Haystack Rock an even more mysterious appearance.
Just a few miles down the road from Haystack Rock is Hug Point, another really cool place to visit on the Oregon coast with caves and tide pools to explore.
And yet another beautiful spot to visit in Cannon Beach is Ecola State Park. Amazing views from this park! There is no shortage of beautiful places to visit along the Oregon coast.
We stayed at Nehalem Bay State Park while in this area. This was a really nice park that included a paved bike trail which I loved. The park is in between the bay and the ocean. The beach side was usually very cold and windy, but beautiful to see. We didn’t spend a lot of time on the beach side because it was freezing!
The bay side was much warmer and during low tide there was plenty of room for Chris & Jesse to play baseball.
We were there during the week of the big solar eclipse. This park was at 98.8% totality which I mistakenly thought was close enough. I was wrong! Although what we saw was cool, it wasn’t nearly as awesome as what my friends in totality saw. Note to self: next time get to totality!
One other thing we did in this area was at the suggestion of my always thoughtful husband. He suggested I take the kids for a train ride on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad between Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi. This was such a treat!
I am so thankful to God for these amazing experiences with my family. Making memories, that’s what it’s all about.