On to Seaside

This was our second visit to the coastal town of Seaside. We had the grands with us here last year, and we sure are missing them. Our camp area is a mile or so to their old town area that is filled with shops, restaurants and breweries. It’s a busier town than we normally like, much more of a tourist area than our last two camps, but we did enjoy the fact we could bike to the beach promenade and explore the area. Up and down the side streets it’s quite common to see fresh flowers for sale out by the sidewalk. Most are $3.00 a bunch, and the honor system is in place. Even found a few Little Free Libraries, and returned on my bike the next day to add some to their selection. When we eventually settle somewhere that will be one of the first things I ask Bob to build me.

Ecola State Park had a challenging and beautiful hike from the cliff-side parking area down a steep trail of switchbacks that led us to the beach. Agates galore, sea stars and even a huge cave to explore before the tide came back in.

Seaside is also close to Astoria, making it nice to hit their huge Sunday Market. They close off about three blocks in the old town area and while it was mostly artisans, not produce as we had hoped, it was still fun to wander up and down through the booths and see all the local talent.

Got up super early, for us, and took a day trip to Cannon Beach in hopes of walking all the way around Haystack Rock. One of the lowest tides of the year was forecast, but we were thwarted by a strong storm that morning that made the surge to dangerous to attempt it. Still a beautiful morning filled with sea creatures and I even got to see a Black Oystercatcher with babies.

It’s on to the Washington coast next. Excited to explore some areas that are new to us.

Ecola State Park
Ft. Stevens
Astoria Sunday Market