What better adventure is there on a beautiful Oregon afternoon in June, than to take off for places we’d never been? This time, it was Ecola National Park near Cannon Beach on the incredible Oregon Coast. We have been to Cannon Beach many times, but this was our first trip to Ecola Park. William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark expedition wrote about this place, “…the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless Ocean…”
We hiked through a couple of trails and stood at the apex of the cliff and watched the azure waves undulate slowly across the sand below. It was breathtaking. I thought of a friend, far away, enduring the sweltering heat and mosquitoes inherent in an unsavory environment, so I shot a little video and sent it via text message so he could share this moment with me.
John and I must have walked for miles. Each view seemed to be more spectacular than the next. So hard to believe this is so close to our home.
The Pacific was in front of us and the forest behind us, and beautiful Forsythia, a widely cultivated ornamental Eurasian shrub, was in bloom everywhere. Ingrid and I talk about a magical white deer that feeds on Forsythia. The story goes that if you see the deer, you will have five continuous days of good luck. When we go on road trips, this is what we talk about, and four-year-old Ingrid keeps a watchful eye out for him at all times.
There were many little streams running through the woods, so we could hear those gurgling with the roar of the ocean in the background.
The water, beaches and forests of Cannon Beach abound with wildlife. Whales pass by during their bi-annual migration. The shoreline teems with birds, including many types of gulls, stellar jays, chickadees, nuthatches and hummingbirds that hang out locally. Many other varieties stop by during migration. Elk and deer can be seen in the forest and meadows. Raccoons and squirrels are plentiful as well. This place is a true wonderland!
Even the forest afforded us magnificent views of the ocean! Every time we turned a corner, there was another natural phenomenon to behold. We were literally surrounded by beauty every minute that we were there!
There were spectacular views everywhere…
Others were out enjoying the day as well, but it wasn’t crowded at all.
What a nice day trip this was! We are both thankful to live so close to this kind of magnificence. Never let it be said that we do not appreciate that which surrounds us. It is awesome….in the old, pre-Bill and Ted’s Big Adventure sense. Awesome. Visit Oregon! You’ll be glad you did.