Cannon Beach, Oregon is a favorite vacation spot for Pacific Northwesterners.
We often hear about our friends and family getting away for a weekend trip to visit the quaint town and to see the iconic Haystack Rock. It’s been years since husband has been there so we thought it was time to drive down the beautiful Oregon coast with our parents!
There are six other Haystack Rocks in Oregon but the one in Cannon beach is the tallest and best known. Although we didn’t see any other birds besides seagulls, this giant rock is a nesting site for puffins. (We really like puffins)
William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, was wintering at the nearby Fort Clatsop. He explored the Cannon Beach area and described it as: “…the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless Ocean…” He dubbed the area Ekoli, which is Chinook for whale, but it was renamed in 1922 after a cannon from the US Navy schooner Shark washed ashore nearby.