The days grow ever shorter, the mornings ever colder, and the rain ever more incessant. Yes, dear readers, it’s storm-watching season! As much as I hate to see fall’s bright colors fade, I relish these days when my cravings for hiking, beachcombing, and kayaking disappear because it’s just too nasty outside. Now there’s absolutely no reason in the world not to curl up with a magazine and a cup of steaming coffee and watch the wind throw sheets of rain onto the windowpanes.
The ship Mischief docked at the Bayfront,
July, 23, 1889.
We do, thankfully, have our own little ray of sunshine occasionally hanging around the office. My co-editor Emily Kolkemo and husband Jeff are the proud parents of Genevieve Isabel, who is now a little over two months old. Gen incubated in the office, so she came out well-accustomed to the rustle of paper, clatter of keys, and voices of editors. We’re glad Emily’s back with us on a part-time basis now.
In this issue we’ve taken a close look at the city of Newport, celebrating its 125th anniversary this fall. Newport is a wonderful place, with its mixture of commercial and charter fishing, scientists studying marine ecosystems, a thriving performing arts venue, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center, eclectic shops and restaurants, beautiful beaches, and, of course, tourists who have come to enjoy all this bounty. Without a doubt, there’s always something fun to do in Newport.
While colors outside have faded to browns and grays, the sea still conceals a panoply of creatures in brilliant hues. I would venture to guess that most of you aren’t going to be diving much this winter, so I know you’ll enjoy Joanne Huemoeller’s beautiful photos of anemones and other sea life. You can also join Robert Olds on a trip across the Columbia Bar on a 492-foot grain ship, paddle under the full moon with Lee Juillerat, and walk the beach with Howard Sherwood back in the winter of ’53, when he came upon a live mine on the beach at Cape Meares. Lots of good reading here, so let your imagination take you away while you enjoy the opportunity to slow down with your favorite books and magazines. Happy Holidays!
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