Spelunking in Sandstone Caves in Cannon Beach, Oregon
The wild Pacific Ocean has carved gashes of space into Hug Point’s sandstone flanks. You duck into one, finding it easy to believe in buried treasure. As you approach the end of the cave, the briny smell is overpowering, something is dripping on your head, and you can to hear a faint murmur as you begin to realize the cave is full of life. You look up to come face to face with a vast ceiling of barnacles with claw-like appendages, grasping out of the rock like those creepy shriveled “merfolk” in The Little Mermaid. Crouching low, you make your escape thankful this is the closest you’ll ever get to an alien encounter.