The Cove - Seaside

The Cove is located at the edge of Seaside, where the flat terrain begins to wind upwards to the top of Tillamook Head. It's the surf spot, where you can find any number of surfers in any season of the year. Cedar-shingled vacation homes line the street, facing the ocean. I met The Cove on a gloomy Winter day and it was perfect. It bears a striking resemblance to the beaches on the southwest portion of the Big Island where I grew up, gray skies and all. 

The Cove - Seaside

FORT STEVENS, WINTER 2016

When I first made the jump to move here, I caught so much grief about the perceived amounts of rain. 

"Oh, I wouldn't be able to handle the rain."

"Oh, the rain!".....(read more)

FORT STEVENS, WINTER 2016

HUG POINT

Hug Point is more of a beach walk than a hike, but it's stunning, nonetheless. There are caves to explore, waterfalls, and cool path over the rocks that you can only access at low tide. I went out there for the first time in early September, so the falls were fairly dry. It was a warm Fall day with little rain. 

HUG POINT

WILLAPA BAY

Willapa Bay is in Washington, right along the Long Beach Peninsula. Nearly every oyster you eat while traveling the North Oregon Coast is going to be harvested from this bay. Being from Hawaii, I'm used to those huge, gross oysters that need to be cooked on the half shell over a grill. These are not like that. They are small and pretty, and I love eating them smoked or in oyster stew. 

WILLAPA BAY

HIKING ECOLA

“…the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless Ocean…” - William Clark

Ecola State Park sits on the south end of Tillamook Head. It's the forest-looking section when you're driving between Cannon Beach and Seaside. The entrance to the park is actually right off the Cannon Beach off-ramp when you're headed into town from the north end. If you're traveling from Astoria, like I was, it's about a 30-minute drive. 

HIKING ECOLA