When we arrived to Cannon Beach, just a short drive south of Seaside, Oregon, we were drawn, like everyone else, to the massive rock where the water meets the sand. A little wagon was parked next to the rock that had scientific tidbits about creatures and growth that live on and around "Haystack Rock". So that must be what this thing is called. We walked around and checked out the anemones and crabs. It's a beautiful spot, though there are a couple of folks who keep you from getting up on the actual rock for preservation and safety reasons. That was a bummer for me because I love my 'splorin time and that's the first thing you want to do when you get up close to it.
So, we saw Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach and now we headed down to our next stop, Pacific City, Oregon. There's an almost identical rock out in the water. After posting a picture of it on Facebook, a friend asked, "Is that Haystack Rock?". We googled the name of the rock in Pacific City and the name "Haystack Rock" also came up. We asked a local which rock is Haystack Rock and she replied that there are a lot of Haystack Rocks and the locals calls this one the Gorilla Head because it looks like a Gorilla with a ponytail. That it did. Upon further Google investigation, we found that there are "Haystack Rocks" all over the country from Alaska to Kentucky and at least six in Oregon alone. It's a little confusing, so when we're giving directions, it may be best not to use the phrase "Just past Haystack Rock" or they might wind up in California.