Oregon Coast Magazine September/October 2008

Oregon Coast CoverMy Oregon & My Seasons - Quintessential Bob Welch. - Judy Fleagle

The Magic of Seal Rock - This close-knit community boasts unique volcanic formations as well as culinary delights, antiques, and woodcarvings. - Barbara Covell

Oysterville, Washington - Remembering the past in a town lost in time. - Paul Pintarich

Sea Change - Designating marine life reserves along Oregon’s Coast is easier said than done. - Nancy Steinberg

Under the Canopy - Experience the Drift Creek Wilderness through the eyes of a 3-year-old. - Joshua Weber

Haunted Structures and Ghostly Happenings - An open-minded skeptic takes a look at the paranormal scene on the Oregon Coast. - Judy Fleagle

Bayocean . . . “Slip Sliding Away” - Early last century in Tillamook County, a developer's dream fell victim to the sea's changing currents. - Paul Pintarich

Floras Lake Natural Area - Great hiking can be found in this area south of Bandon. - Shirley Nelson

Boogie Boarding - You don't have to be young, just young at heart, to enjoy riding the waves. - Pam Hogeweide

Oreo Cows - These coastal bovines like to show off the cream in their centers. - Christine Barnes

Coastal Happenings

Oregon Coast Aquarium Jellyfish Jubilee; A Celebration of Food and Wine - The event, slated to become an annual affair, offers an evening of Northwest cuisine and wines as well as a silent auction and live music at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on September 27, 2008 from 6 to 10 pm.

Wine & Chocolate Gala - The Florence Area Humane Society (FAHS) holds its 16th Annual Wine & Chocolate Gala, October 10, 2008, at the Florence Events Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Chowder, Blues & Brews - The Chowder, Blues & Brews celebration is part of Florence’s Fall Festival this September 19 through 21, 2008, and is held at the Florence Events Center.

Annual Great Oregon Fall Beach Cleanup - The Great Oregon Beach Cleanup. On Saturday, September 20, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. participants can choose to volunteer at over 40 different sites along the Oregon Coast.

Noll Longboard Surf Classic - The 13th Annual Noll Longboard Surf Classic takes place October 4 and 5, 2008, in Crescent City, California.

Ghosts. Spirits. Specters. Wraiths. Whatever you call them, fall is the time for all things spooky. But there's a small contingent of coast residents who think about ghosts year-round, frequenting old buildings in the dark, measuring the airwaves with electromagnetic meters, asking questions of departed spirits, and poring over digital pictures filled with "orbs."

Whether or not you believe in ghosts or the paranormal, one thing is certain: The coast has a rich lore of hauntings. From Heceta House, where a ghost named Rue is said to keep a watchful eye, to the Egyptian Theatre, where the spirit of "Belinda" may invisibly show you to your seat, stories abound.

I watched Judy Fleagle, our writer, progress during her research from profoundly skeptical to somewhat of a believer. I'll let you read her story and decide for yourself. If you want to learn more, she's included information on a few ghost researchers and groups on the coast.

Also in this issue, we have a story about Bayocean, a town that just plain disappeared. In this case, no ghosts or spirits were involved, just over-eager developers and well-intended engineers who didn't realize how much a jetty can change ocean currents. A little more than a decade after the town was created on a sandy spit in Tillamook Bay, its buildings began to wash into the sea. When you visit this now deserted spit, listen for the ghosts of previous residents, perhaps you'll hear the happy shouts of children swimming in the natatorium or the sounds of Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra streaming from the windows of the dance hall. This once thriving resort is now a protected area where birds and hikers enjoy a quiet coexistence.

And then there's Oysterville, a town full of memories for writer Paul Pintarich. While many of the town's structures are still standing, its life as the hub of the West Coast's oyster industry in the late 1800s (when oysters were selling for a dollar apiece in gold coin) is just a whisper in the wind. As Paul says, "what remains of this once-thriving 19th century settlement is a gentle reminder of what used to be."

The lack of native oysters in Oysterville leads us to the topic of marine reserves. Science writer Nancy Steinberg takes a look at the concept, interviewing people on both sides of the fence to present a balanced report on the issue. There’s certainly no clear answer here.

But take heart! While there may be few native oysters left, native mushrooms are plentiful. The folks in Yachats go all out in October to celebrate fungi, adding all sorts of mushroom-y delicacies such as chanterelle pizza, wild mushroom pate, and truffle butter baguettes to their menus during the three days of fungi fun.

Last but certainly not least, we bring you Seal Rock, a tiny town with outstanding views of offshore rocks and some really fun shops, including not one, but two, fudge shops and a highly regarded sushi restaurant.
Also, speaking of spirits, I hiked the Washburne State Park beach and the Hobbit Trail recently, finishing up with the China Creek Trail on the other side of Hwy 101. I didn't see any hobbits, or any other large or small spirits, but the hike is highly recommended!

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