Oregon Coast Magazine July/August 2009

Charleston—The Secret’s Out This active fishing village has much to offer visitors. —Gail Elber

Family Vacation—Pacific City Style Pack up the kids and head to this North Coast town for fun with family and friends. —Jeff Sheadel and Tracy Weithas

Oysters! —A cooking class in Lincoln City turns out to be an oyster lover’s dream. —Rosemary Camozzi

Diving on the Coast —Scuba divers love the coastal waters’ rich marine life and unspoiled undersea terrain. —Wendy Ardolino

Why We Love our Hospitals —These “community” hospitals really live up to their name. —Gail Elber, —Theresa Hart, —Barton Howe, —Angelia Moor, and —Vickie S. Higgins

Jellyfish Jubilee —Food, fun, and more at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. —Theresa Hart

Crabs, Whales & Ocean Tales —A cruise with Marine Discovery Tours brings excitement and learning to passengers of all ages. —Rosemary Camozzi

PelicansBrown Pelicans —After a drastic fall in numbers, this ungainly bird with the huge pouchhas made a dramatic comeback. —Jack Davis

Marine Metropolises —Take a good look at what’s living on pilings and under docks. It might surprise you! —Joanne Huemoeller

Estuary Fishing —A Different World Fishing opportunities abound in Oregon’s estuaries. —Jeff Jackson

Art & Beauty in Wind, Water, and Sand —Even an inexpensive digital camera will capture Mother Nature’s amazing array of designs and patterns. —Cliff Harvey


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Shore Acres State Park, on the South Coast near Charleston, by Alicia Spooner


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Summer has arrived on the coast, and we’ve been enjoying it to the fullest. Some of us even have sunburns to prove it, which seems nearly impossible when you consider our cool climate. But we’ve had lots of sunny days already this year.

I’ve been out on some kid-centered adventures lately, and I’m always struck by what an amazing natural playground we live in. Honeyman Park, just south of Florence, is a great example of how you can have a whole afternoon of fun for $3 per carload. Cleawox Lake (located inside the park) has a sandy beach where kids can safely frolic and wade. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats are available for rent. On the other side of the lake, massive but easily accessible dunes are there for climbing, sandboarding, or running down and plunging into the water. Editor Emily Kolkemo and I spent an afternoon there with three kids and after we went paddleboating, they kept busy observing—and helping contain—a collection of newts that other kids had captured and put into a sandcastle pool. (Just for the record, we made sure they let them go afterwards.)

I also went on a great trip with Marine Discovery Tours out of Newport. Passengers ranging from infants to grandfathers were entertained, educated, and enthralled by the sea and its creatures, and the onboard naturalist added dimension to our experience. My story about the trip is in this issue.
We also have a story on the fishing village of Charleston, my favorite place for fresh-off-the-boat seafood. I’ve been known to drive for an hour just to enjoy an oyster sandwich at the Sea Basket, located at the boat basin. Charleston is also the gateway to a number of beautiful parks, and while it’s off the beaten track of Highway 101, this area is well worth a visit.

And speaking of oysters, I attended a wonderful class at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City. Chefs Rob Pounding of the Blackfish Café and Sharon Wiest of the Culinary Center showed us how to make oyster-everything, from an oyster and fennel chowder to a Vietnamese rice noodle salad with fried oysters on top. The classes there are fun and informative, and the view from the classroom is phenomenal.

There are many more stories to enjoy in this issue, including one on inexpensive family vacations in Pacific City and another on hikes in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Enjoy your summer, and don’t forget your sunscreen when you come to the coast.

—Rosemary Howe Camozzi



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