Cannon Beach | Oregon

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

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.

Cannon Beach

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.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach

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.

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

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.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

I love that I have him as my adventuring companion. (heart)

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

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.

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

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

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach Haystack Rock

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.

Cannon Beach Driftwood Inn

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. 

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  • This looks like a beautiful trip! I would love, love, LOVE to see Oregon!!

  • Oh my it’s other worldly – your shots are stunning! I cannot wait to explore this part of the US. Adventure awaits!

  • Your photos are stunning! And Haystack Rock looks like such a neat place to visit. I loved how you wrote about your trip to the beach too, especially the last two pages. I’m always amazed when I visit the ocean and take in the beauty of it. I think of how powerful it is, yet how many wonders it holds.

  • One of my all-time favorite places! The Oregon coast is so gorgeous.

  • Great photos! I could sooooo relax and unwind here! I’ve heard of Cannon Beach, and your pix make me want to visit even more now! Thanks for the overview!

  • That quote is truly amazing. Wonderful pictures!! 🙂

  • This looks like a gorgeous place! I’d love to visit someday.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Wow. Beautiful pictures!

  • Cannon Beach is my happy place and these pictures definitely make me happy!

  • Looks like a wonderful day, that beach is so lovely and the sky looks just gorgeous that day!

    Euriental

  • What a beautiful place to see!! It looks like you had an awesome time and it seems the extra exploring was worth it!

  • We spent a week at Cannon Beach last summer and it was wonderful!

  • So incredibly gorgeous! I’m an east coast girl, myself, but there is just something about the Pacific Northwest. I love how the cliffs and the mountains meet the beach. And your thoughts at the end and the scripture are lovely. It is so true – there is just as much beauty in the small things if we only stop to enjoy them.

  • I hope to make it out there someday! It looks beautiful!

  • Love these shots! So pretty!
    How are you liking nomad life?? I’m sure I could nose around the blog to find this info, but I’m just going to ask: what type of work does your husband do?

    • Hello Linda! It’s love to hear from you, as always. I’m loving your new blog space, by the way. Currently, I am loving this nomadic life. It has its challenges, but I am falling more in love with it every single day. I actually haven’t posted about my husband’s job for privacy reasons (for him and the company) but the short of it is that he is in the restaurant business. If you’d like to chat more about comparing nomadic lives and adventures and blogging, I’d love to hear from you and I could give you more specific info there. I am at poppyanthology[at]gmail.com. Have a lovely week! 🙂

  • How pretty! I’ve been looking for a summer vacation that is off the beaten path and not a place many would go. Looks like such a cool little town and I’ve never been to Oregon so I’ll have to add this to my list!

  • Omg what fabulous scenery and photography. I’d love to go a visit here. Gorgeous!

  • The Oregon coastline is SO gorgeous. I hope to go again this summer!

  • Tamara

    I was already dreaming of going back, and now I really want to head back to this place. Explore more.