While we were in Oregon, Austin was working a crazy amount of hours so we didn’t get to explore together much. However, since he was able to get off work early one evening and decided to have a mini getaway to see Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach on the glorious Northwest Coast.
The entire area of Cannon Beach is the most darling beach town. Everything was so delightfully sleepy and it truly felt like an escape from the busyness that had been consuming us.
Finding an access point to the beach was a challenge for us. We walked down several different streets before we ultimately found this happy walkway.
There it is! I had expected to be amazed by Haystack Rock, but nothing could have prepared me for how majestic and awe-inspiring it really is. Towering 235 feet above the beach, no one knows how or why Haystack Rock was formed or how it got to where it is. It’s very much a living garden as it is home to many species of plants, sea birds, and marine invertebrates alike.
I love that I have him as my adventuring companion. (heart)
As the sun began to sink and the sky turned brilliant and bold shades of blue, orange, and yellow, Austin and I meandered down the coastline taking in the beauty. Every time I see a sight like this, I can’t help but marvel at this beautiful world we live in and the stunning opportunities God has given us. The ability to just drive to this beach on an evening after work was such a tremendous blessing.
What is this life I stumbled in to?
Where’s it gonna take me? Where’s it gonna take you?
If life is a journey, then I know where I’ll be
By the ocean, oh that valley in the sea…
Andrew Allen | Amazing
Per the recommendation of a local friend from Cannon Beach, we decided to try The Driftwood for dinner. The food and service were outstanding and we loved being able to sit out on the porch with a bonfire in the middle of our table. I grew up having bonfires at the beach with my family in California so ending our evening fireside felt very familiar and brought back to many wonderful memories.
Moments like these are the ones that remind me that life is meant to be taken slow and to be savored. Days turn into weeks that turn into months that turn into years and, if we’re always waiting for the next thing, we’ll miss where God has us right now. Gazing out over the ocean provides the perspective that God is the one that set the boundaries for the sea because “the sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land” (Pslam 95:5.) Knowing he is in charge of that immense ocean provides so much comfort in knowing that he is taking care of me with just as much sovereign power.
It’s lovely to think about how he gave us so much beauty all around us – Not just in the rolling ocean or towering rocks or brilliant sunsets. The beauty is in sandy feet, broken seashells, a warm fire, a hand to hold, and music for a drive back home.