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The Haystack and the Beach

November 11, 2013


It’s funny that I grew up with these geologic wonders in my home state, but never really thought about them. At least not until I recently took a trip to the beach with my friend. On the way to a beautiful, hip little pub right on the beach in Pacific City, Oregon, we debated billboards that depicted a massive rock in the surf of the little town. As I explained to her, I knew that there was a place called Haystack Rock on the coast, but I didn’t think it was in Pacific City.

Come to find out, I was right. The Haystack Rock I was thinking of is in Cannon Beach, further north on the Oregon Coast. It is the most famous of the three monoliths that stand along the Oregon Coast.

The one in Pacific City, though, is the tallest on the Oregon Coast, standing 327 feet above the sea, and is considered the world’s fourth-largest sea stack.

Around the world, there are hundreds of monoliths that stand out among the surrounding geology. Generally exposed by erosion, monoliths are often composed of weather-resistant  metamorphic or igneous rock. The most famous of all monoliths is Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in Australia.

Personally, I’m happy enjoying the view of the rock near Pacific City, watching the surfers as I partake in a locally brewed beer.

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  1. Looks like you were a the Pelican Pub? I stumbled upon that spot on an Oregon coast road trip and thoroughly enjoyed spending some time there.

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