In spite of the chilly, gray, misty weather this morning, we headed north to Cannon Beach and then worked our way back south to Bay City. Of course, we wished for better light; but sometimes misty or foggy conditions make for some interesting photos, adding a hint of mystery.
Our first stop was at Ecola State Park, which extends eight miles from Cannon Beach to Indian Beach. The name comes from the Chinook word for whale, ekoli. Toward the south from Ecola Point is Crescent Beach, with Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock in the distance. Because of the mist, we couldn't see Haystack Rock very well. Not to worry, though. We would have close-up views later.
Then we drove into Cannon Beach, where we stopped at several points to photograph Haystack Rock. Cannon Beach is a very pretty town. It was named for a cannon that washed up on the beach in 1846. Haystack Rock is part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. We saw a great many tufted puffins on the rocks.
Our next major stop was at Hug Point, which was so named because the old road was so treacherous that travelers had to "hug" the rock to get around the point.
Then we drove on to Arcadia Beach. From the parking area we could see a tidal cave in the side of the point.
Within the Oswald West State Park we stopped at several viewpoints. About mid-afternoon we noticed that the clouds were beginning to thin, so we decided to backtrack to Cannon Beach in hopes that we could get better photos of Haystack Rock. To allow a little more time for better light, we stopped at the Waves of Grain Bakery for coffee and dessert. Then we were on our way south again. This time our photos turned out better.
By the time we had reached Tillamook Bay, the mist had stopped. We took time to walk along a trail to get better views of the Three Graces. These huge rocks, along with a number of smaller ones, are also part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The trail parallels the tracks of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad steam excursion train.
At Garibaldi we stopped at a fruit and vegetable stand. I bought some sweet cherries and tomatoes.
When we got home, I hooked Sweet Pea up to Daisy. I wanted to have that out of the way in case it rains tomorrow morning.