I was taking 3 17-year-young ladies to Seaside for spring break in late March of 2012. One of the things they most wanted to do was ride horses on the beach. There are a few trail riding companies on the northern oregon coast. We found OregonBeachRides.com on the web. Then, luckily and quite by accident, we found a flyer for Mountain Pass Ranch (MountainPassRanch.com) in a bakey in Astoria.
We called about 11 AM and were able to schedule a private ride for the girls the same afternoon. Teresa, our wrangler, asked questions about each of our girls so she could match them to the appropriate steed. Because one of our girls had never been on a horse before, Teresa brought another wrangler to help. If you have experience, you can rent the horses without a wrangler.
We sent the girls on a two-hour ride. They loved it. The horses were not the dispirited animals that trail rides typically offer. Also, the rates were much lower than other outfitters. Teresa at Mountain Pass Ranch will rent horses to experienced riders without requiring a guide. Mountain Pass Ranch delivers the horses to where you want to ride. Our girls were given the opportunity to groom the horses after the ride which they also enjoyed very much.
We never met Teresa before this adventure but we will definitely be calling her again whenever we want to ride.
One of the most photographed scenic places in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and rightfully so.
Canon beach, a quaint town itself has some of the most scenic beaches in all of Oregon.
When one thinks: "Oregon", they're probably looking at Canon Beach.
Get there early as photographers line up about 1 hour early for sunset.
Your hotel or visitor's center will be able to provide you with predicted low tide schedules for best photo ops.
This is one of the 12 sites associated with the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Even though it is now nestled among houses I was glad it had been preserved and rebuilt in its original location. The site was determined by Jenny Michele. She was a Clatsop Native American born in 1816- eleven years after the expedition had left the area. However her mother had seen the corpsmen distilling salt and pointed out the site to her daughter. Prior to her death in 1905 Jenny passed on the information to the Oregon Historical Society who established it as a historical site based on a stack of fire-blackened rocks and Jenny's recollection.
Today there is a reconstruction of the original furnace which was used to boil down the ocean water to collect the salt residue. In the time it was used 3 1/2 bushels of salt were produced which enabled the men to preserve and season their meat for the return journey.
A couple times during summer weekends men will return to a more open location further down the beach and reenact the process. Burning driftwood over a stone furnace they will produce salt just like the corpsmen did. That would be fun to see.
As you walk along Broadway you will pass by many candy shops. Known for their salt water taffy, Seaside also caters to the tastes of everyone with a sweet tooth. It is probably a good idea to have a dentist appointment scheduled after your return home to check for cavities.
I had this time scheduled off from work but no plans, so I consulted the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) and saw a tournament in Seaside Oregon. I had not been to Oregon before, and this is a good excuse to travel and meet like minded people.
The local club meets weekly at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, behind the new library. Here I got to meet a former Cleveland Brown (American Football) number one draft pick, Ken Carpenter, a running back who never fumbled the ball during his career.
Seaside opened the doors for the new library in September 2008. Not quite complete, the new library is open and is very nice. It may change your perception of what a library is, not just a book warehouse. Here in Kodiak Alaska, we are trying to get a new library, so this held a lot of importance for me. If you get tired of the hustle and bustle of Seaside, the library provides a comfortable area to sit, relax and enjoy a book.
Lewis and Clark arrived in Seaside Oregon in 1806 and wintered here before returning east to make their report. The first sign pictured shows those dates.
The second picture is to show current happenings in the Seaside area.
There are always people out and about walking the Prom (Promenade) which is a wide walkway adjacent to the beach. It is a quiet and relaxing stroll from one end of town to the other. I walked to the north end and then up to the movie theater for a side trip to Astoria. Across from the movie house there is an outlet mall. So feel free to get off the beaten path and explore Seaside's neighborhoods.
Seaside Oregon is exactly that with a large beach to enjoy. Even this late in the year there were people enjoying walks on the beach, flying kites, taking their dogs for a walk, and at night there were beach fires. I was surprised at the last, not because people would have a fire on the beach, but that the local police did not attend. There are no fire pits or designated areas, and sometimes the police just don't like people having fun, but no, these parties went un molested.
Merriwether Lewis loved salt. Especially when you're crossing the wilderness for months on end, and eating the same bland food day after day. So, when the Corps of Discovery arrived at the Pacific Ocean in late 1805, one of his top priorities was obtaining a fresh supply of salt for the return journey. Immediately after setting up winter quarters at Fort Clatsop, Lewis dispatched a group of men to find a suitable site to make salt out of the ocean water. The site they found was in present day Seaside, just off the Promenade.
William Clark thought the salt making camp was not necessary. In his journal he wrote that he was indifferent to salt, stating that "Salt water I view as an evil in as much as it is not healthy". But Lewis and the rest of the men craved the salt, so they spent the next two months carefully extracting it from the Pacific Ocean at Seaside.
Today, you can visit the site of the salt works. It is located in a small park on Lewis and Clark Way, south of downtown, just off the Prom. There is a replica of the stone cairn they used to boil the water to remove the salt.
Aside from the Promenade, the other unique feature of Seaside is Broadway. It is chock full of all the tacky sights you expect from a sea side town. There are bumper cars, skee ball, a carousel, miniature golf. There are tea shirt shops, pirate shops, candy shops, art galleries. There are numerous restaurants and even a miniature train ride. All in the space of 5 short blocks, between the river and the ocean. If you visit Seaside, you will find youself strolling Broadway numerous times.
The most interesting feature in Seaside has to be the Turnaround. It is part of the Promenade, and is located at the end of Broadway. It's basically a Cul de Sac turnaround for cars that extends out over the beach. In the middle of the Turnaround, is a statue of Lewis and Clark. They keep a dilligent eye out, and if anyone parks in the Turnaround, they send their dog, Seaman, after them.
Extending along the beach at Seaside for over a mile, the Prom is what makes Seaside unique among Oregon's Coastal towns. It is a concrete walkway that is perfect for strolling without getting sand on your shoes. Built in 1920, you won't find cotton candy stands or Carmel Apples along the Prom. It is mainly fronted by small hotels, condos and beautiful cottage homes. The section south of Broadway is especially nice. It passes some very nice Bed and Breakfast places, and quiet homes with white picket fences. There are good views of Tillamook Head along here as well.
Just enjoy the shopping and attractions.......marvel at the beach.....people watch
Seaside has a huge open beach and it can be jammed in the summer...but the right time of the year gives you access to the beach alost to yourself....and it is calm and serene and relaxing
the blowing sand is eerie and fasicinating ....hard to photograph but worth the effort
This scenic flight has to be experienced to be believed.
With a bubble window to the world below, you feel yourself ever so gently lift upwards, a sensation similar in some ways to easing up in an airplane, but in a helicopter there's definitely that spine-tingling feeling of rising faster. It's exhilarating to say the least, with the tilt of the aircraft pulling you against its quick upward ascension.
In no time, we're up over the back of Tillamook Head, where pilot Gary points out its sheer cliffs from this side, spots where elk congregate and even the small bald spot on top of the mountain that is the Lewis & Clark monument.
Most incredible is approaching the tip of Tillamook Head as Gary points out a rocky arch sitting offshore called "Goonies Rock," which was featured in the movie "Goonies." He swings around from here, allows me to shoot shots of Cannon Beach's Haystack Rock, Crescent Beach, Indian Beach and the top of Ecola State Park.
From there, we swing around again, head north over Tillamook Head, and he shows me that rocky shoreline beneath the headland that can't be seen any other way. At this point, Seaside is in full view, as are the shores of southern Washington and hints of Astoria. Then it's back to the landing pad, with a zoom over the adjacent Seaside Family Fun Park and its numerous fun-tastic possibilities www.seasidefamilyfunpark.com, 503-738-2076).
You won't be the same.