There’s nothing quite like an early morning set of glassy waves. Last Saturday I paddled out with friends Pam and Al and my husband, Ed. The water from shore to haystack at Pacific City, OR was gin clear and glassy. We appreciated the lack of wind after a wind-blown/blown out session the night before. Paddling out the Haystack was compelling enough to invite Pam for a paddle to within 10 yards of the world’s fourth largest sea stack or off-shore monolith in the world. It stands 327 feet above the sea – an ancient reminder of how this awesome area was created.
We were treated with hip-high glassy swells and no crowds at all. It was a day for grabbing the gusto of ocean fun and letting the fun fly! The SUP perspective was better than ever, giving a vantage point to notice shells on the sea floor below, loons and sea lions playing and the gray whale sounding again and again off the buoy side of Haystack Rock.
We got some up closer sightings of the whale, the size of a city bus, as it emerged from the rolling waves and with a loud swoosh,when we hiked to the tip of Cape Kiwanda. It’s a gray whale making one of the most remarkable migrations in the natural world, a scene which can be observed each winter along the Northwest coast. Each winter, more than 20,000 gray whales can be observed along the Northwest coast as they make their way south on part of their incredible 12,000 mile annual round trip migration from the northern waters off Alaska and the Arctic Sea to their winter breeding grounds of Baja California off Mexico.
The entire area seemed idyllic and I am sure a great part what we enjoy today – and hope to for generations to come – stems from the efforts of groups like the Surfrider Foundation and their recent Ban the Bags initiative. Activism for our oceans is diverse and on-going.