The Watering Hole: August 20 — Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo by Zooey

From the Wiki:

Haystack Rock is a 235-foot (72-meter) tall monolith (or sea stackrock formation on the Oregoncoast in the northwestern United States, the third-tallest such “intertidal” (meaning it can be reached by land) structure in the world. A popular tourist destination, the rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot during low tide. Haystack Rock tide pools are home to many intertidal animals, including starfishsea anemonecrabschitonslimpets, and sea slugs. The rock is also a refuge for many sea birds, including terns and puffins.

Composed of basalt, Haystack Rock was formed by lava flows emanating from the Grand Ronde Mountains 10 to 17 million years ago. The lava flows created many of the Oregon coast’s natural features, including Tillamook HeadArch Cape, and Saddle Mountain. Haystack Rock was once joined to the coastline but years of erosion have since separated the monolith from the coast. Three smaller, adjacent rock formations to the south of Haystack Rock are collectively called “The Needles”.

This seems to be the iconic picture people think of, when picturing the Oregon Coast.  I challenge you to find a calendar of Oregon that doesn’t feature Haystack Rock!

This is our daily open thread. Go ahead, get it off your chest!

42 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: August 20 — Haystack Rock

    • I’m off for a few hours, cuz I need to get a look at how my dad is doing.

      The wine is chilling for music night, but y’all need to bring your own. ‘K? 😉


      • Something to ponder, my Critters and Zoosters: We need to come up with ideas that we can use as red herrings against the wingnuts. They’ve got Obama as a Muslim and not christian enough, ground zero mosque, etc.

        We need some of our own! I’ll be thinking about it on my drive today, and look forward to your ideas.

  1. Zooey, you radical 😉

    I’m in love! Well, with this photo and the emotions it evokes anyway ~ the rocks, the ocean, the creatures … I’m so there right now ~

    What is everyone else doing today?

  2. That kid may like turtles, but I think he’s been licking frogs!

    We need to come up with ideas that we can use as red herrings against the wingnuts.

    Why make up red herrings when the truth is your best weapon?

    Aside from the obvious sexual references to barnyard animals, I don’t know what else there is!

  3. If you missed the opening of The Daily Show, check this out via C&L.


    Wasn’t there a Republican (it may have been a Dem) who, basically, said that growing up on a farm, it was only natural to have sex with the animals? I seem to remember asomeone saying that and I thought it was a Republican, but it may have been a Democrat. Dems have been known to admit things publicly that they probably should have kept to themselves.

    How about this “Obama is a Muslim” parallel:

    Todd Palin has no dick. The Palin kids are not his. He can end the controversy right now by showing everyone his penis.

  4. We need to come up with ideas that we can use as red herrings against the wingnuts.

    How about..
    …The R’s hate the constitution and wish to deny the rights enshrined in it to citizens whose beliefs that don’t share?
    Oh wait, that’s true.
    …The R’s want to do away with Social Security and leave grandparents to starve in the streets?
    Oh wait, that’s true too.
    …The R’s want to bomb sovreign nations into submission to our values and form of government?
    Dang, also true.
    I suck at this, back to cutting flowers.

  5. AC: “You had sex with animals?”

    NH: “Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule.”

    AC: “I’m not so sure that that is so.”

    NH: “You didn’t grow up on a farm in Georgia, did you?”

    AC: “Are you suggesting that everybody who grows up on a farm in Georgia has a mule as a girlfriend?”

    NH: It has historically been the case. You people are so far removed from the reality… Welcome to domestic life on the farm…”

  6. That’s it, 2ebb!

    And to think it was Colmes, the poster child for Democratic Stockholm Syndrome, that gave the interview.

  7. Lovely photo, Zooey. The Oregon coast is so beautiful and wild.

    I have to agree with House and Outstanding–the truth is the best weapon we have. I wish more Dems would grow a spine and keep throwing stuff like that back in the piggies faces every time they start braying about mosques and Obama and everything else they twist around.

    I only worked a few hours this morning and now I’m off the rest of the day. It’s my once a month ‘mental health’ day. 🙂 I go for a massage in a little while, then get to relax the rest of the afternoon. I went by Trader Joe’s this morning too (love that store!) and picked up some lovely cheeses, nectarines and little mini heirloom tomatoes in all colors. Wish I had a famer’s market nearby, but oh well. 😉

  8. I’m still on staycation with the dog–which is mostly great, except when he needs to be left in the car and starts to howl. We went to the farmers market on Wednesday and filled up on tomatoes, lemon cukes, peaches and some awesome sheep feta from a local dairy. Ralphie approves of markets like this because he doesn’t get locked out.

  9. pawz, TJ’s is a great substitute when you have no Farmer’s Markets near by. TJ has a wonderful array of cheeses.

    Life is too short and I’ve decided NOT to give up cheese and bread. They are essentials.

  10. My morning… cleaning the flours and kitchen counters. Just finished. Now it’s time for fun, starting with my guitar lesson.

    Whatever red herring that we come up with has to be simplistic. We can’t get all wordy and intellectual because it won’t have an impact. This obsession with animals and sex could be something or strange sexual behaviors like wearing adult diapers as part of sexual foreplay. Then again, this sexual stuff is all old news. So maybe we need to come up with something that is below the radar. Let’s keep looking. Perhaps a password protected thread can be used for brainstorming.

  11. 2ebb; life would be utterly pointless without cheese and bread. I’m all for eating healthy and all that, but I also don’t believe in denying oneself the pleasures in life. All things in moderation! 😉

    I could spend hours in TJ’s cheese case. So many things there I’d love to try! One day I’d love to have a wine and cheese night, and buy some of the more exotic cheeses.

  12. I think we should ask some very pointed questions that only Captain Obvious can ask such as:
    Why would someone (Rick Scott) spend 28 million dollars of their OWN MONEY for a job that pays $13,932.00 a year?
    Yes, this is an old question but it seems get shoved aside or glossed over in the media and it is never really addresed.
    28 million dollars! For shit sake if I had that I’d be on that beach in Oregon, surf fishing, drinking a nice micro brew and throwing sticks for my dog to catch.
    Perhaps I’m just shallow.

    For some odd reason, Captain Obvious doesn’t fly over a lot of peoples houses.

  13. It would be the death knell if Whitless becomes governor.
    Her ads depict the deplorable condition the state is in – throwing blame on Jerry Brown – never once mentioning that we’ve had a repiggie for more than eight years.

  14. To tell y’all the bloody truth of the matter, I’ve gotten so goddamned sick of the shit on TP (hmm — funny how words come together and work sometimes) these last few days that I’ve paid less and less attention, have commented less and less, etc. I think what bothers me most is not the idiocy — I mean, that’s a regular troll feature. Nope, it’s the HATRED. Pure, intense, and unabashed. And regardless of what any nematode might say on the matter, that hatred has but one single root: racism. Obama is black. Because he’s black, he represents to them every bit of evil anyone can come up with, and so they play every obvious ploy over and over and over again.

    As for red herrings, I’m pretty good at spotting them when others — e.g. the guy I call longredherring — use them almost exclusively, but I’m not worth much when it comes to finding and using them in my own arguments. I guess it’s because I come from that other, older world, the one where truth counted more than bullshit, where people worked hard and did the best they were able to do even while helping the less fortunate along the way. I had no idea what greed was until I left my Little Town on the Prairie and moved into the real world. Didn’t like what I saw, and that was fifty years ago. Today it’s worse by orders of magnitude, and getting worse by the day.

    Anyway, I’m about convinced that the only solution to all the shit on TP is for TP itself to take that giant step and clean it up. No one else can. Until they do, what’s the point in hanging out there? Discussion flies out the window the moment a handful of losers shows up, at which point and for the duration it’s nothing other than a shouting match on nonsensical non-issues. Worse than trying to teach kindergarten classes to a college football team.

    OBAMA IS A MUSLIM! No he’s not, but so what if he was? I’d vote for him anyway. Now if he were a Baptist, no way, but that’s another story entirely.

    Rant over. I don’t think I said much, but it did feel good.

  15. Interesting gummitch.

    So either Fox will have to tell the truth (which they loathe) and report accurate attendance figures; to defend O’Reilly in the bet.


    They will inflate the numbers (as they always do) and in doing so hand Bill O’s slot to Becky. Of course would Bill O’ stand for losing his slot over misleading figures?

    Oh, what a tangled web they weave…

    BTW, a side question to anyone about MediaMatters? Is it ever possible to get out of the “you’re too new so your post won’t show up until it’s been reviewed by a moderator (which never seems to happen)” jail?

  16. It would be interesting to see what Beck would do ratings-wise in O’Reilly’s time slot.

    I’ve never tried to comment at Media Matters, and when I used to try to read there on my phone, the ‘reply’ feature used to make the comments display vertically down the right-hand side of the screen, one letter per line.

  17. The ultimate honor – I am apparently banned at TP. Two posts have failed to take. I first thought that I had selected the wrong sequence in order to make a post, so I tried again. Same result, post went into Never Never Land.

  18. Walt, I think almost everyone here has had that distinct honor at least once.
    I’ve just stopped going there.
    I will not rent space in my head to those clowns and it has become quite a clownfest as of late.

  19. I think this diarist is onto something.,-Part-IIISharing-with-Fred-%28Non-Cynical-Saturday%29

    The diarist suggests that we should start making casual statements to people, could be people we know or maybe just people that spend time talking to while waiting in line or sitting on a park bench. Think I’ll start making statements like “Republicans, Toomey in particular, want to personalize Social Security which really means that Toomey wants to privatize Social Security.” I’ll start saying this to all the seniors that I encounter. They need to be frightened (rightfully so) of voting for a Republican.

  20. Candidate Rick Scott wants manditory drug testing for “welfare” recipients.
    Hmmm, wouldn’t this mean more and bigger government to handle this?
    Who’s going to pay for it Mr. “trim the muscle from an anorexic company” Scott?
    Also, whose medical facilities would be performing these tests?
    Any guess’s?
    It wouldn’t be any of Solantis’s facilties would it Rick?



    How come no answer?

  21. Washing off in the toilet leaves me feeling cleaner than any of the ads they are presently running down here in cracker hell.

  22. Sadly, yes.

    After living in the Bay Area for so long and then spending a few years in Arizona, moving to Florida was like entering a time warp. At least in Arizona I could could escape their backwardness with a days drive.
    I originally came here to help out my folks with my grandfather who had dementia.
    Talk about an experience. We all tried but he had to go to the VA eventually.
    Now they are getting on in years and I am keeping them active.

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