I was staying in Cannon Beach for two nights to double my chances of catching a good sunset (more on that later), so I had a little day trip down the coast planned to Cape Kiwanda for day 4.
As you can see, Cape Kiwanda also features a massive sea rock, which is awesome. I can’t really explain why I love big rocks out in the ocean so much, but I do.
Aside from the view out to sea, Cape Kiwanda is also known for some hiking. I had originally planned to do so, until I arrived and saw how steep and sandy the initial climb was (you can kind of see it in the distance of the picture below.) I just wasn’t in the mood for negotiating the largest sand dune I’d ever seen that day, although I’ll admit I’m a little disappointed in myself because I knew from pictures that the views up there are spectacular. Which brings me to a disclaimer about this road trip.
Because I was traveling alone, I wasn’t comfortable doing certain hikes on my own. Not because I wasn’t capable, but out of an abundance of caution. So I did miss out on a few things I wanted to see, but at least I made it back in one piece.
Still, even though I skipped the hiking portion of Cape Kiwanda I had plenty of fun exploring the tide pools below.
After grabbing some lunch, I drove back north towards Cannon Beach. I had heard there was a great view of Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park, so I stopped there for some pictures. If you’ve watched The Goonies, you may remember a similar view from the film.
After Ecola State Park, I killed some time before sunset by walking around Cannon Beach to soak in my last views of Haystack Rock, which never failed to impress.
Sadly, my two-night stay here yielded no sunsets. Those micro-climates are tricky! So just watch this photographer’s video and let’s pretend that’s what I saw, too.
Next up: Multnomah Falls, Horstail Falls, and Portland!