Life has a way of overwhelming us sometimes ~ sorry it’s been so long
since I have posted ~ so now, back to that long-ago summer trip!
The morning of June 12 was a bit disappointing to us;
we drove to Cannon Beach ~ I had really been looking forward to
getting some great shots of Haystack Rock.
We first stopped at Ecola State Park because everyone said it was
so very beautiful and had great views of the lighthouse.
Well, it was CLOSED due to their working on the road into the park.
It was beginning to rain then, so along the beach, behind some cottages,
I snapped a couple quick pictures, through the thick haze,
of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and Haystack Rock.
Then it started to rain in great earnest and a pea-soup fog rolled in;
we couldn’t see one thing ~ bummers!
We decided to just go to a local restaurant, eat breakfast and drink coffee
while we watched the downpour ~ a relaxing time with great food.
After several cups of java, lo and behold, the rain stopped and the fog lifted
just enough that we could again see the rocks!
So, I got some photos of those famous landmarks after all,
even though they are still a bit hazy. Very thankful.
~ rain-drenched roses along the beach ~
~ white-crowned sparrow beneath the rose bushes ~
We ventured on south, stopping often to view the gorgeous shoreline.
~ barn swallow ~
We stopped at Oceanside, on the Three Capes Scenic route,
and had lunch at a tiny restaurant overlooking the Pacific.
We just ordered a cup of clam chowder and enjoyed the
dark honey bread they served with it while watching the waves
crash around the grouping of gigantic Three-Arch Rocks.
At Cape Meares State Park, we walked down to the lighthouse and back;
we were pretty sure that cancelled out all the French toast calories
from that morning ~ it was a very good-for-us hike.
At a small inlet, during low tide, we spied these sea lions resting
out on a tiny spit of land ~ they were so far away ~ photo is greatly cropped.
We could only tell what they were through binoculars.
By the time we arrived at Cape Kiwanda, the sun was again shining brightly;
I was happy about that because another humongous haystack rock is located there.
We thought the slit in the haystock rock was such an interesting formation.
We arrived in Lincoln City and checked into a small motel, high on a ridge
above the ocean ~ this was the view from our room ~ we were feeling quite blessed
as we sat at a table, caught up on emails and listened to the roar of the waves
pounding on the beach below with a soft breeze coming through the window.
That evening, we joined friends and drove to Depoe Bay to eat at
the Tidal Raves restaurant ~ we had a window table
and thoroughly enjoyed the company, the scrumptious red snapper and mahi-mahi.
The rock formation there is called Arch Rock ~ a stunning view.
~ lilacs outside the restaurant ~
After our meal, we stood outside and watched the crashing surf
for quite some time before making our way back to the motel ~ a great evening.
And although life overwhelms us at times, I echo the psalmist when he wrote:
“From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee,
when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”