Secrets, and Other Tidbits of Oregon's Coast
By Guy DiTorrice
wonders of Seal Rock
The phone call
or e-mail starts pretty much the same way:
name from...... (insert name of friend, Chamber of Commerce, editor,
shop owner, etc). And, they said you know where I can find .....
(insert things like agates, shells, sand dollars, fossils, glass
floats, etc) on the Oregon Coast."
do I go??"
the answer is quite simple and my response equally short: "On
any sandy beach."
There are two
absolutely predictable responses to this discussion:
south of Newport
"You're kidding." Normally reserved for adult males who
are quick to ask questions wherever they find me, but always question
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"Yeah...but which beach???" Which precludes a discussion
about the value of an Oregon tourism map, a Google image search
and/or the many coastal guides available for free or minimal cost.
Now, as a non-native
Oregonian (Midwestern by birth, Rocky Mountain educated), I pride
myself in knowing a great deal about my adopted state. This information
was extremely valuable as we lobbied the Legislature for a State
Fossil designation a few years ago. I was shocked, shocked! to learn
how many elected state officials do not know the State Dance (square
dance), State Mineral (sunstone) or State Rock (thunderegg).
Well, the good
news is we now have a State Fossil - the Metasequoia, or Dawn Redwood
- and a State Fruit, the pear. And, many more legislators now know
about the list of official state "whatevers" we now have.
to the beach:
I'm going to share with you the absolute list of secret sites where
you can find crab, fish, clams, agates, shells, fossils, sand dollars,
glass floats, shorebirds, seals, great sunsets, sea lions, artistic
rock formations, migrating whales.... The list goes on and on, but
the editor (and one reader in Astoria) limit me to a specified word
count and one page of the website.
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Here it is.
The big secret
that only the locals know - and the tourists are drooling to get
their hands on.
The big secret
about where I find all the stuff I find, photograph, log, collect
The place where
you're guaranteed to find what you're looking for.
the beach...on the Oregon Coast."
Any local who
tells you that you're guaranteed to find crab off this dock, fish
at this spot, agates on this beach, etc., is either pulling your
leg or limiting their explorations to one location.
Crabs move from
bays to the jetties to the open ocean. One day they're just below
that shop on the bayfront. Tomorrow, they're all off-shore.
Fish move from
the open ocean and swim miles up fresh-water rivers and streams.
One day they're here. One day they're there.
on a charter trip, I asked the skipper, "Where are all the
fish?" He was polite as he was serious when he said, "Always
under the boat. . .until you catch them."
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Every room is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln
City's most famous stretch of beach, next to the D River.
Each room, comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen
and balcony or patio. Some have gas fireplaces, while all
have a DVD Players with movies available for renting (and
movie rentals come with free popcorn). There's a heated indoor
pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms
sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe
fireplace suite. Gift certificates are available, and they
offer special occasion packages as well. To make a reservation
and see a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at
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I walk on beaches
where sand covers everything up one day and storms strip them clean
the next. I find something on one beach today...nothing tomorrow...five
things next week.
makes the Oregon Coast a perfect destination. It's always changing.
Now, the one
singular response I have for people looking for glass floats has
been resolved by my good friends in Lincoln City's visitor industry.
There, they guarantee you'll find glass floats on their beaches
- because they put them there! No kidding. And, they put them there
due to their smarts. Yep - during the "off-season" - the
time when most sections of the Coast hope to attract more visitors.
The rest of
the year, you have to go looking, just like everyone else for them.
"Yeah...but which beach?"