On the Cover: Kites on the beach at Lincoln City
Late Fall Fun in Lincoln City—Lincoln City offers plenty to do in the off-season, so head to the coast to enjoy a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities. —Judy Fleagle
The Cottages of 51st Street—Relics of a Worldwide Movement—Check out these Arts and Crafts–style cottages while you’re exploring Lincoln City. —Jan Jackson
The Curse of Jump-Off Joe—A geologic feature that has appeared and disappeared over the past 100 years is linked to a legendary curse. —Michael Burkett
The Wreck of the USS Shark—Two cannons were discovered on the beach near Arch Cape just a few years ago, bringing to life the story of a topsail schooner that wrecked in 1846. —Cheryl Wanner
Tongue Point: Quiet Backwater of the Cold War—The town of Astoria and a mothball fleet of Liberty ships served as the backdrop for a young corpsman’s first experience of living away from home. —Paul Pintarich
Meet the Greenlings—This spunky marine creature may lack a swim bladder, but it has plenty of attitude. —Joanne Huemoeller
Ruby—When a downy chick falls from the nest and into the loving care of Bandon’s Free Flight Bird Rehabilitation Center, its journey to flight becomes a Free Flight first. —Leslie Suva
As November settles into rain and wind, my mind goes back to early October and a magical sunny day spent in kayaks on the Siuslaw River (in t-shirts no less), fishing for salmon. Well, I wasn’t fishing, but my companions mostly were, and I got to watch the show for free.
And quite a show it was.
Departing from the dive park on the north jetty about noon, we pedaled our way upriver with the tide (these were foot-pedal kayaks, which leaves your hands free for dealing with a fishing pole, or a camera, or your sandwich, or whatever …), admiring the texture of sunlight and shadow on the huge dunes that line the south bank as well as the (jumping) salmon, pelicans, herons, cormorants, and seals.
Arriving in Old Town with nary a bite on the lines, we took a break while the tide changed and then headed back downriver. The sky suddenly darkened, and the wind picked up. But at the same time, the fish got hungry and began to strike the spinning silver lures that trailed behind the kayaks as they silently moved through the water. Every now and then there would be a shout as one bit the hook, and then the kayaker would head for the beach (we had forgotten a net), steering the kayak with one hand, pedaling the kayak with two feet, and hanging on to the fishing pole for dear life while pulling along a 20-plus pound salmon and being careful not to get the line caught in the rudder.
Landing the kayak on the narrow beach below the dunes, jumping out, and pulling in the salmon came next. I don’t know which was more fun, watching the antics of the fishers or actually catching the fish, but either way, four salmon were caught and we headed back out to the jetty, with eight or ten curious seals traveling with us all the way. What an adventure!
In this issue, we invite you to experience your own late-fall adventure in Lincoln City, and we’ve got tons of ideas for things to do. Some folks like the Coast best during the storm season, when the drama of wind and waves is at its peak. But there’s plenty of action inside too, from glass blowing and cooking classes to museums and antiquing.
And don’t forget to check out the many holiday celebrations, often with a decidedly coastal flavor. Whether it’s Newport’s Lighted Boat Parade, Ilwaco’s crab pot Christmas tree, or Shore Acres’ incredible light displays, you’re sure to find something to put you in the mood. Happy Holidays!