Inside this issue you’ll find a harbinger of spring: the 2011 edition of the Mile-by-Mile Guide to the Oregon Coast.
Carefully updated each year, the guide is an instant reference no matter where you find yourself on Oregon’s 363 miles of shoreline. Looking for a great spot to shoot some photos? See some whales? Take a great hike? Maybe you’re spending the weekend in one of our unique coastal towns, and you’re looking for lodging and a great place to eat.
This guide’s got it all, and more. Use it to map out your adventure in advance or take off without a plan and consult the guide along the way. It’s sure to come in handy.
Also in this issue, Cheryl Wanner offers a roundup of riding stables along the Coast, most of which offer rides on the beach or in the dunes. What better way to get outside and enjoy the scenery than from the back of a horse? Brooke Preston tells of whale watching out of Depoe Bay (‘tis the season, by the way) and Nancy Steinberg explains the concept of marine reserves and the process of creating them.
As I write this, a rare western Pacific gray whale is making his way south along the Oregon Coast. Only 130 of this species remain, making it the second most endangered type of whale. You can track his progress at www.mmi.oregonstate.edu. We wish him, and our readers, a safe and happy journey along our beautiful coastline. Enjoy! —Rosemary Camozzi