In our last dispatch, we went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory and gorged ourselves on cheese. Next, we decided to drive over to the coast and walk along the beach.
There are lots and lots of little beach towns up and down the Oregon coast and they are linked by Highway 101. If you ever visit the Oregon coast, the Oregon Coast Visitors Association has a great website. Our first stop was Rockaway Beach.
Izzy loved running around the beach and she left these super cute paw prints in the sand before they were washed away by the waves.
The coolest feature of this beach was the Twin Rocks. This formation is 88 feet tall and the hole in the structure is 35 feet across. When you are standing on the beach it doesn’t look that big at all.
Izzy posing and smiling in front of the Twin Rocks.
After exploring this area, we jumped back into the car and drove up the coast to Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach also has some fantastic geological formations that were amazing to see. In the far distance, you can see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. This lighthouse was operational from 1881 to 1957 and was nicknamed “Terrible Tilly.” It is one of nine original lighthouses along the Oregon Coast, but it is closed to the public. Now, it is a nature wildlife refuge serving as a nesting area for common murres and cormorants.
Jockey Cap Rock surrounded by the ocean mist.
We were at Cannon Beach at sunset and it was incredible. We got to take in the waves and see all the birds flying to their nests.
Izzy really enjoyed her time at the beach running in an out of the waves. Her lolling tongue is pretty darn cute, isn’t it?