Seaside, OR

Last weekend we took a micro vacation down to the Oregon coast. Awkwardly, we have been to the ocean a number of times since we moved out to Seattle a couple of years ago but, given how close we are to the Sound and our own coast, we hadn’t yet made it south of the Columbia River.

Since we live right next to a ferry, we took that for the first stretch of the trip which both feels weird and let us bypass the terrible Ft. Bragg / Tacoma traffic so I was very happy with all of that. Seaside was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be: a sleepy beach town that is 100% focused on tourism. As an odd piece of trivia, Seaside is also the end of the Lewis and Clark trail and the various signs don’t let you forget it.

The house we rented was right next to the beach and we probably spent 5 of the 8 hours of sunlight everyday walking the beach. It was extremely pretty and well worth the trip. I think next time we go we might want to stay a little further out of the town – especially if we are there in the summer – but it was nice to be able to walk to the amenities (read: coffee shops and restaurants that were still open).

We had a great time, although traveling (at least short road trips) with the baby required a bit more planning. Happily, it didn’t cramp our style too hard.

You can see the edge of the beach from our (rented) front yard.

You can see the edge of the beach from our (rented) front yard.

Guest cousins' dog!

Guest cousins’ dog!

This is 100% a prog rock album cover. I may have been listening to too much Pink Floyd recently.

This is 100% a prog rock album cover. I may have been listening to too much Pink Floyd recently.

We we right next to Haystack rock, which is a well known tourist attraction (apparently ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

We we right next to Haystack Rock, which is a well known tourist attraction apparently ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Saved the best picture for last.

Saved the best picture for last.