Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock

There are some places on Earth that just leave you in awe of God’s handiwork.  Cannon Beach, Oregon is one such place.

I had the opportunity on a work trip a few years ago to visit and have been back a few times since.  A professional development workshop I was giving had ended on a Thursday night and I took a vacation day so that I could stay the weekend and explore on my own.  I really needed a break and the second I arrived in the town, I felt at peace after a stressful week.

Haystack Rock rises 235 feet above the Pacific Ocean and was formed 17 million years ago by a massive lava flow.

At low tide, you can walk right up to the rock and see Puffins, sometimes catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle and even a Falcon or two.  It is so massive you can see Haystack from everyplace in the town.

The Oregon Coast can be an area fraught with violent storms, but the day I first visited Cannon Beach was clear and sunny.  You can see the waves crash against Haystack and a few smaller rocks and a bit of a reflection.  It looks so close in this picture, but I remember the long walk I took to get near the rock.

What place leaves you in awe of God’s handiwork?  Where do you go to find the peace you need after a stressful week?

Shared by Marcie Doll

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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

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