Before heading home we decided to make one more stop to see if we could get a good look at a lighthouse. We drove about 10 minutes or so to Cannon Beach (what a cute place!) and then drove over to a viewing area where we were supposed to get a good look at Terrible Tilly or the Tillamook Lighthouse. The lookout spot was a scorched piece of land that made us feel like ants under a magnifying glass- doesn't Sim look like he's having the time of his life?
There is a lot of interesting information about this area- those big rocks in the background (or haystacks) are actually lava rock. Apparently the lava flowed down the Columbia river and settled there when it hit the ocean.( I need to do some more research on this- how long ago, etc.)
And there is the lighthouse- that tiny speck out in the water... that's Terrible Tilly- a bit anticlimactic if you ask me, but at least we got to see it.
Thoughtful, sweet Karen could sense my fascination for lighthouses and actually found a little one for me at the antique store and gave it to me as a present- We love uncle Norwin and aunt Karen! We had the best trip ever and loved spending it with Petter's parents- they were so much fun and such a big help. We will be returning to this beautiful part of the country again... hopefully soon.