So given an opportunity to hang out for a few hours in Seaside, Oregon, had me packing my sweatshirt and jeans and heading out across the coast range to spend a couple of nights with my son at a cool little house just yards from the beach.
The sun was shining, even though it was a chilly 47 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius) and the sky was covered in gorgeous clouds. A group of hardy souls was out in the water, all clad in wetsuits, learning to surf the rough waves (the would-be hang-ten-ers are just barely visible on the left side of the photo above, looking like little tiny black dots in the white foam of the waves). A walk down the wide hard-packed sand revealed dozens of broken sand dollars – I found one whole unbroken sand dollar and picked it up to take back to my trailer as a reminder of this beautiful day.
Seaside is a cute little coastal town just an hour or so from Portland. It’s a popular summer destination and during tourist season, the walkways are crowded with people enjoying a typical summer day at the beach but in early November, the shops are quiet and the parking places plentiful. A stop at the local candy store, appropriately named The Buzz, brings smiles to faces and dreams of sugar-filled afternoons, sitting in front of a fireplace if the weather is nasty or a pocket full of sweet treats eaten while moseying along the sand looking for shells and pieces of beach glass, washed up by the storm-driven waves.
Along one edge of the candy store is a long glass case probably twenty feet in length if it’s an inch. It’s only a small portion of the wonderful goodies available for purchase but for a chocoholic like me, it’s heaven. You can get just about anything dipped in chocolate: bacon, Twinkies, Oreos, Rice Krispie treats – seriously, anything! This photo is of the center case – full of the colorful truffles that will ensure a sugar overload for anyone buying, and eating, more than one! I couldn’t decide which truffle looked the best so I got a couple pieces of red Hawaiian salt-covered sea foam instead. It was a good choice! Mark’s favorite is the Pumpkin Fudge – it’s like the best of pumpkin pie and white chocolate all rolled into one!
Coffee at Auntie M’s is a perfect way to start the day – they also serve lunch! The friendliest coffee shop ever, sitting with your latte and scone by the little fireplace is the best way to plan your day – and if you ask, they may just have a suggestion or two of some cool thing to do that didn’t make it into your guide book!
I’m heading back to the city today but I take the salt air in my lungs and the sand in my shoes back with me, a reminder that the ocean is here any time I want to cruise on back to the coast. And if you’re going to the beach any time soon, and want some company, give me a call! I’m ready any time you are.
Thanks to my son, Mark, for asking me to spend a couple of days with him and to his friend, Beth, for providing the house.