The inhabitants of Cannon Beach are clearly tired of tourists walking through their gardens, trying to get the best view of Haystack Rock.
I can sympathise. I’ve lived in a couple of very touristy areas and it can get on your nerves occasionally!
After university I lived just off Baker Street in London. Across from my front door were Madame Tussauds and the London Planetarium, and just round the corner was 221b Baker Street. Walking home from work I would have to dodge fans dressed up as Sherlock Holmes posing at 221b, despite it now being a red plastic covered branch of the Abbey National bank. Arriving back at my flat, the front door step would usually be full of Spanish students dropping the litter from their picnic and talking loudly into the night whilst drinking cheap cider.
A while later I lived in Blackheath. It’s a beautiful town in South East London, but not that well known to foreign tourists. Possibly because of this, it is a popular destination at the weekends for Londoners to drive slowly and drop fast food wrappers and chicken bones out their car window, onto the pristine and carefully maintained heath.
The last place I lived in the UK was Greenwich. It’s is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it popular with tourists both foreign and domestic. Again a historic and beautiful place to live, but you have to be prepared to scurry round camera-toting tourists stopping randomly along the paths to photograph a pie and mash shop or some naval memorabilia.
The large number of tourists has led to a rise in the number of overpriced and low quality restaurants (mostly gaudy Tex-Mex), as the restaurateurs don’t expect much repeat custom. A few good restaurants are carefully hidden away in back streets, where visitors rarely venture.
Thankfully Beijing, where I live now, is large enough that there are touristy areas and residential areas, and the two very rarely overlap.
Despite this long history of living with tourists, I’ve never gone to the lengths of erecting signs telling people to go away. Every house in Cannon Beach has signs telling visitors that theirs isn’t the path you’re looking for.As is typical, once you do actually find the narrow steps down to the beach you’re much too close to get a good photo.
A far better spot is just a little to the south at the Tolovana Beach State Park where it’s easy to get a better overview of Haystack Rock and the two smaller rocks alongside.
No-one has thought to just put up a sign pointing towards to the path everyone is looking for, or even better just suggesting that there’s a more satisfying view, lots of parking and some clean toilets at the nearby state park.
Have you ever lived in a tourist spot? Was it a good or a bad experience?