By Allison Waldbeser
I have always seen breath-taking pictures of Cannon Beach, which is an hour and a half drive from Portland, but in my three years of living in Oregon, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit. Finally, after deciding to go on a day trip to Portland, I spent the night in an adorably quaint hotel less than a mile away from Haystack Rock. It was exceptionally stormy and windy, so my chances of capturing photos of the sunset or blue skies were slim. However, the poor weather conditions didn’t make me any less excited. As soon as I woke up, I was thrilled to see there was a beam of light trying to break through the clouds, and there was no rain in sight. I was ready to take in my first Cannon Beach experience.
Upon my arrival, I felt so small compared to my view of Haystack rock and the surrounding residents. The water was translucent, and the massive swells were causing the waves to break ferociously on the rocks. The cold wind had a numbing effect on my skin, to the point where I could no longer feel my face. The pictures of Cannon Beach that I had seen before did no justice for this picturesque landmark. The misty air and overcast skies made me feel like I was in a scene from The Goonies.
Had I gone on a warm summer day, I’m sure my experience would have been different. However, I enjoyed the ominous feeling the coast had and seeing only a handful of people walking up and down the shore, as the fog and the horizon blended in together. There were a few brave individuals who ran all the way to Haystack rock, and could only make their way back once the shore was calm. It was a thrilling winter beach experience. Although the houses that surrounded the area had an amazing view of the shore and rocks, I was surprised by how close they were to the ocean, and envied them for it. Although the weather conditions weren’t ideal, I still had a wonderful time witnessing the beauty of Cannon Beach. After my stay here, I will always remember the frigid beach experience I had on the northern coast of Oregon.