On the Beach

After a quick bite to eat (Mom had the best salmon taco ever!), Mr. N, our Moms and little ol’ me, were ready to hit the beach!A bite to eatCannon Beach, on the northern coast of Oregon, is home to several lava-created monoliths called haystack rocks.Haystack Rock And there’s a long stretch of beach that’s very walk-able.Walking the beachWe stopped at Haystack Rock–there’s always something to find hanging on the rocks in the tidal pools.A starfish

Or just enjoying the view.SeagullA bit further down the beach, we came to another ‘intertidal’ rockAlong Cannon Beachwhere I needed a cool down!A dip in the ocean

Then it happened. A flock of shorebirds took off. And so did I.The bird race

The chase was on. They flew just above the sand and twisted and turned across the beach. I was right behind. All of a sudden, I looked up and realized how far I’d gone. I think I hear Mom calling.  (See Haystack back there? That’s how far I chased those birds)A pooped pupAfter a short rest, we sloggered on until we reached Hug Point, 5.2 miles from where we started. It was hard to believe this was once a ‘road’ that connected Cannon Beach to another point further south! Hug PointWe found some sea anemones in the tidal pools below these rocks. They weren’t as dramatic as some we’ve seen, but not bad!sea anemone

As we headed back, I thought it was a very good day.walking the beach

 

Mom’s been a bit under the weather, so to speak, so we haven’t been around to visit everyone. But we’re baaaaaack!

A Frisbee on the Beach

We went to the coast last week…just a day trip…to a beach near Pacific City. My friends, Toby, Heidi & Macy were staying there. I was sooooo excited to see them!

‘Scuse the blurry picture. We were all about the action!

I have a pretty good nose for finding things, so I was pretty intrigued about this floppy, rubbery thing I found at 1000 Acres recently. You know I’m totally ball-obsessed  🙂 , and a Frisbee has not been my game, but this floppy, rubber one was pretty intriguing. Mom pulled it out and we practiced.

And practiced.

This was a new game & I was getting the hang of it. That’s Cape Lookout in the background–I bet there’s a lot to look at out there! Someday we’ll go there.

Meanwhile, back to the beach…

The water was C..O..L..D, but there’s nothing like it for a good cool-down. I wasn’t crazy enough to go out in those big waves though. But, let me tell you, there were some hu-mans that were! We went to Pacific City (just a hop and a skip down the road) for lunch and saw a couple of these hu-mans out in the water trying to catch a wave! Mom tried to take a picture of them, but they never would get up on their boards. Maybe they needed some lessons?

This is a haystack rock, which was formed by lava flows sometime before I was born. There are actually two of these ginormous rocks along the Oregon Coast–the other’s at Cannon Beach. Do you think this looks like a gorilla head? I do.

After lunch, we decided to go back to the beach for a long walk. I ran. Mom walked.

There were a bunch of these little bubbles on the sand…they are Sea Gooseberries, a type of jellyfish. Yep, that’s right!

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And we saw some bigger jellyfish too.

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On our way back to the car, we went past this tree house that went way up to the top of the tree. I bet you could see forever up there!But, there was a sign that said “No Trespassing”. Do you think that meant me? I’m really trying to stay out of mischief….