Haystack Rock

Part 1

On the plane, off she goes, again! I can’t believe it’s been four years since the “break-up” and traveling solo. Check out my story to hear how a horrible breakup sparked my love for traveling.

If you would have asked me four years ago, where my life would be today, traveling and doing it solo wouldn’t have been my answer. But my past relationships forced me to live a healthier and happier lifestyle and one with purpose. To get out of my comfort zone, travel solo and enjoy life.

Being single has its many advantages, and I cherish them all. I can’t imagine life any other way. Not saying there’s anything wrong with being in a relationship but they’re A LOT of work, even the good ones. I can honestly say that in the last four years, I have not had any desires to be in a relationship. Why should I? I’m free; I’m free as a bird!

When you’re single, you can travel without hesitation or limitations. Book a ticket and go anywhere in the world that you want too. You never have to worry about anyone ruining your trip when you travel solo. There’s nothing quite like waking up by yourself in an unfamiliar place with nothing to do but explore. To leave behind the life you know and live a new life for a week or two is an amazing experience.

For the last four years, I have taken a solo trip every year visiting a different state each time. You learn more – you find out more about yourself, the good and the bad you. You also become this adventurous person ready to take on the world and try new experiences because you have no one there talking you down. Traveling solo is hella fun! I encourage anyone to try it at least once in a lifetime. I’m here to cheer you on if you ever decide to do it. Be brave. You got this!

Seeing Haystack Rock is what pique my interest to visit Oregon. Haystack Rock? What is that?  Where did you see that at? Well… Do we have any Goonies fans out there? That’s where I saw it some 30 years ago.  How many of you remember the truck rally scene at the beginning of that movie? There you have it.

Haystack Rock 

The Goonies movie is one of my favorite childhood movies. ET is my favorite next to Ghostbusters. For decades I’ve dreamed of seeing the massive rock formation with an idyllic ocean backdrop.  Another favorite scene of mines is at the end of the movie when One-Eye Willy’s ship comes sailing from behind a dramatic rock formation.  That rock formation can be seen at Goat Rock Beach in California.

Haystack Rock is at Cannon Beach which is located inside of Ecola State Park. It’s roughly 25 miles south of Astoria, Oregon. This beach is a scenic paradise, home to a Marine Garden with several tide pools where you have an extraordinary opportunity to explore sea urchins, sea stars, anemones and much more. It’s also a nesting ground for seabirds which offers rare opportunities to see puffins and cormorants. Awareness Program volunteers are available most summer days to answer any questions you may have about marine wildlife which is perfect for those little adventurous tiny tots of yours that love to explore and ask tons of questions. Just push them in the direction of the awesome AP volunteers and have yourself some MUCH needed quiet time listening to the sounds of the ocean as it comes crashing against Haystack Rock.  Ha!

Several of the scenes in the Goonies movie was filmed at Ecola State Park, Astoria, and Northern California. It’s a pretty cool experience to visit filming locations from a movie you enjoyed so much as a kid. It was like taking a trip back in time, not to change anything, but to experience a happy moment again.



To be continued…

2 thoughts on “Haystack Rock”

    1. I’m glad to hear that. I love being an inspiration to others! My trip to Oregon will be broken up into several posts. Part 2 is coming soon.

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