Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cannon Beach (Update)

Finally got a beautiful day to go to the beach...been rainy most of the week so we've been driving around taking in the sites around the area. The pups love the beach & water so they were satisfied with the outing. Got some great photos and seeing Haystack Rock in person was worth it in it self.

Yesterday went 20 miles North to Warrenton to get some things at a Costco and took advantage of $3.73gal. diesel at a Fred Meyers store (Kroger).

Haystack Rock is a 235-foot (72-meter) sea stack located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of downtown Cannon Beach, Oregon and about 80 miles (130 km) west of Portland.. It is sometimes claimed locally to be the third-tallest such "intertidal" (meaning it can be reached by land) structure in the world, but there are no scientific references to support this. 

A popular tourist destination, the monolithic rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot at low tide. The Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfish, sea anemone, crabs, chitons, limpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a nesting site for many sea birds, including terns and puffins.

Tomorrow we drve about 2.5 hours North to Westport, WA where we will be until July 7th. Look for more updates from there....

We will have an itinerary change update up when we get to Westport. We are going to bypass Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons on this trip due to a virus in the Parks.

"(Reuters) - Two of America's premier national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, warned visitors on Wednesday about a gastrointestinal illness that has sickened at least 200 people at the start of the summer tourist season.

The rare health advisory, tied to a suspected outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus, comes in the early weeks of a season that drew about 6 million people to the parks last year.

A tour group visiting Yellowstone, home to the Old Faithful geyser, first complained June 7 of symptoms linked to norovirus, the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The illness has since affected 100 Yellowstone employees, 50 Grand Teton workers and at least 50 visitors, park officials said.

The warning comes a year after Yosemite National Park last September warned 230,000 visitors of a hantavirus outbreak that had infected nine overnight visitors and killed three."

Some other time for us 'old folks'!!

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