Because of my frequent visits to Oregon I am finally packing to accommodate the weather pattern that averages 81 inches of rain a year.
My rain jacket, gloves and saltwater duck boots have me out and about in comfort, and I’m very close to tossing the umbrella away and carrying on like a local.
The scenery of the rocky shoreline is quite spectacular. There is a four mile area of sandy beach for seashell hunting or a glimpse of wildlife. With a keen eye you may spot a whale, bald eagle, seal or crabs to name just a few. The ocean temperature ranges from 55º-64’º at its warmest in the month of August.
You most likely will find that a little “nippy”.
The shoreline offers rock formations with a backdrop of gray fog . The most prominent being Haystack Rock, the smaller ones are referred to as “the Needles”
The community is friendly for tourists offering:
A good selection of restaurants
Specialty stores (candy, olive oil, sporting goods, coffee shops)
Resort style rental accommodations with ocean front views are available throughout the town. Seasonal rates apply, but if you’re flexible you can grab a great deal in the winter, and the scenery will still be there.
The community offers a feel of “seaside living”, with cedar shake siding homes. I found it quaint and welcoming for a year round destination.
From Portland the drive is less than 2 hours and it is 4.5 hours south of Seattle Washington. Travel US 26 or Hwy 101 and take in the views of the forest, ocean, waterfalls and more.
I had the opportunity to live in Seattle in the late 1970’s, which sends me back to the pacific northwest to visit friends and family.
August is my favorite time of year to visit because you’re likely to see the sunshine and the temperature stays around the 70º mark.
Seattle just has it all. The mountains, oceanside, fishing, hunting, booming economy, great transportation system with ferry rides, great hotels, a big airport, freeways, shopping, Starbucks, fish markets, and restaurants. There is artwork displayed just about anywhere that shows off the personality of this city. All of this is enjoyed by a growing population of easy going folks….
I put this close the top of my list of favorite USA cities….
That’s not exactly how the trip was planned back in April, but the unexpected came up and instead of cancelling our week in Portland Oregon we just rerouted our trip back home to the event in Pensacola.
The typically rainy day in October worked well for me as long as I had my umbrella, and if I do it again I will wear rubber shoes because my feet did get wet.
Lunch at Jake’s Grill was fantastic with a cozy atmosphere and easy location to the rail system. Our booth added privacy and the service was very good.
After lunch we walked around the city even with the rain because most businesses had awnings to slip under, I just had to make a stop at Blue Star to try the Blueberry bourbon basil donut, and I’ll confess I ate two. http://www.bluestardonuts.com
The seasonal change is apparent beautiful colors everywhere…Fall in Love with Portland