We are in the middle of what I like to call “the teaser,” the one to two weeks we usually get in the middle of winter when the weather warms up, skies are blue again, and we get the false sense that spring is right around the corner. It’s Mother Nature’s trick on us because our most dreary, rainy months are ahead of us. But there are many happy faces now as we try to forget the savage month of December that brought so much snow and ice.
Seaside is the official end of Lewis and Clark trail. This monument commemorates the 18 month, 4,000 mile journey from St. Louis to the Oregon coast.
The Turnaround on The Prom is where locals and tourists gather to people watch, see the ocean, and enjoy the sunshine. Our famous Hood to Coast Relay ends here when over 12,000 runners complete one of the longest relay races in North America: 197 miles from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, through Portland, to Seaside. This event is usually the weekend before Labor Day.
Cars can drive up the main street, turn around on the Prom and head back down Broadway. This is where one could always find the cool kids in the cool cars on Friday night. Right out of the movies.
The Prom runs along the ocean front north and south of the Turnaround for over a mile. My grandparents lived in Seaside when I was a child and I spent summers and vacations there with them. I have vivid memories of standing at the cement wall with my feet in one of the cutouts and my elbows resting on top of the wall as I watched children playing on the swings or families building beach bonfires. I developed my love of the ocean at a very young age. My family still vacations here every chance we get.
You can see Tillamook Head in the background. Very hazy day today.
This is one of the best areas on the Oregon coast for razor clamming. Yesterday I stopped at the Bell Buoy for my fix of clams and cracked Dungeness crab. How lucky am I!!!
This is a replica of the salt cairn where the members of the Lewis and Clark party boiled seawater for salt.
Water had to be carried in copper buckets to the large fires that produced the salt they needed for winter at Fort Clatsop.
One of the most famous West Coast landmarks: Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. It was a beautiful day yesterday, just light jacket weather. But there was no wind and it was hazy, as you can see. I’ll get better pictures another time when it’s clear and when I know how to use my camera with more skill. Oh well, you get the idea anyway.
This beautiful carousel used to be in a little amusement park just a block from The Prom many years ago, and is now housed in a large commercial area where children can ride it year around. I rode it when I was little, my children rode it, and now my grandchildren enjoy the fun.
My last stop along the way was in Tillamook for a quick tour of the Cheese Factory. This is a must see if you ever come to Oregon for a visit. You can see the cheeses being made and can purchase all their products, plus out of this world ice cream, in their huge retail store.
Tillamook Cheese is celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary this year.
So, I had a wonderful mini-vacation, saw my beloved ocean, had some great food, and talked to some of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. When you come to visit Oregon be sure to save a day for this amazing excursion. You’ll love every minute of it.