Category Archives: Oregon

How to Smash a Crab Shell

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We learned how to smash a crab shell and not our fingers at the Crab, Seafood, and Wine Festival hosted by the two neighboring cities of Astoria & Warrenton. Cracking crab legs felt deliciously barbaric. You line up, pay your money, and they give you a paper plate with some cole slaw and garlic bread, […]

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Hunt for Glass Floats

There’s nothing like a seashore hunt for glass floats at 5 AM on a misty April morning. We learned that in Lincoln City every year from mid-October to Memorial Day local artisans distribute beautiful hand-blown glass floats along the coastline for eager tourists to discover. And I’m not talking a dozen or so. They leave […]

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Fun Along the Central Oregon Coast

clam chowder

The morning sunshine promised all kinds of fun along the Central Oregon Coast, so we we rolled out of bed early in order to stroll along the beach. Late April in Oregon is still off-season, and we had a vast expanse of sand and sun and breeze all to ourselves. As we walked and taked, […]

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Dune Buggy Ride

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The first thing on our minds this morning was a dune buggy ride on the Oregon sand dunes! Our access point to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area needed to be from the north near Florence. We could either go south from Bend through Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which appealed to us a lot. Or, we […]

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Road Trip with an Adult Daughter

Penelope reclining

One of my favorite things to do is a road trip with an adult daughter. She had wanted to make a career change and needed to complete a second B.Sc. degree at a local college, so I welcomed her home. Her cats prowled the basement, her clothes hung in the guest room closet, but I […]

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