Welcome to the summer edition of Oregon Coast magazine. We’re excited to bring back our popular RV Camping Guide, due to popular demand. You’ll find most everything you need to navigate the coast, including which stops have good RV parking and turn-arounds, where campgrounds and dumping stations are located, and lots more. Our publishers actually rented an RV themselves and adventured down the whole coast, so they write with authority.
We’ve got a nice selection of stories too, including an admiring look at Yachats, the little central coast town that after being profiled in the Oregonian newspaper as being on the edge of extinction, said “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Yachats has a spanking new grocery store and offers live music many nights a week at a couple of venues; you’ll also find great restaurants and of course, the same wonderful ocean views that have been drawing visitors for years.
We also have two Seaside stories, one stemming from a recent visit by editor Emily Kolkemo and her family, and the other a reminiscence written in about 1939 by a young girl who loved Seaside more than anything in the world. It’s interesting to see that while some things have changed over the decades, Seaside has definitely retained its essence.
Hopefully, summer has arrived in full force by the time you are reading this letter. We’ve had record rainfall this spring, with only a few days of sunshine to keep us going. The Oregon Coast Aquarium must have known this weather was coming, because they just opened a long-planned exhibit called “Swampland.” What foresight!
Photos below: “Swampland”
creatures can be seen as part of a new exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
But all kidding aside, check out the exhibit, which takes a look at three different types of swamps (none of them coastal). These complex ecosystems are natural filters that enhance water quality while providing habitat for wildlife, and their importance has been underscored recently after Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.
Last but not least, Newport got the official go-ahead on the new NOAA facility, and Julie Howard has given us a timeline on how our plucky coastal city became the little “port that could” and scored the facility against the odds. Welcome, NOAA—we’re glad to have you here.
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