Aug 042015

Yesterday afternoon we were downtown in Seaside and saw a couple of guys with skateboards who were in their late 20s and being a bit obnoxious. I was tempted to tell them to grow up, but then I remembered that I’m 62 and I spend my time flying kites, so I kept my mouth shut.

I love beach towns, and Seaside is one of my favorite beach towns in the country. There is water everywhere, from the Pacific Ocean to the Necanicum River, which flows right through town, to ponds and streams.

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When I saw these folks on their water trikes, I got to thinking that just like some older people switch to tricycles when they get too unsteady for regular bicycles, this might be the next step when we can’t paddle our Sea Eagle kayaks anymore.

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Seaside has a lot to offer besides beaches, kite flying, and water sports. There are some excellent restaurants, an outlet mall, and lots of interesting shops selling everything from water taffy to souvenirs to antiques. Our friend Nancy Kissack told us about a neat antique shop called Yankee Trader in nearby Gearhart, where she had found some nice yarn. So the first chance we had, we stopped in to check it out. It was the first time I’ve ever seen a dress made from coffee filters!

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The store’s displays are arranged by color. There are red displays, white displays, blue displays, and just about every other color of the rainbow. This seems off-putting at first, but it actually works out quite well and it’s fun to see how owner Carrie Bergin ties everything together. She had a bunch of different sized cones of yarn in different colors and we had fun exploring the store looking for them. This is one place we’ll definitely be going back to!

Yankee Trader small

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We have enjoyed our time here at the Seaside Thousand Trails preserve but it’s time to move on. However we won’t be moving all that far, about 32 miles, to the Long Beach Thousand Trails in Washington. Which means if you hear a lot of very loud whining and sniveling this morning, don’t worry, it’s just me as Terry drives us across the big scary bridge that crosses the Columbia River at Astoria. I’m in mild panic mode already and have been for two days now.

We’ll be in Long beach for three weeks, where we’ll spend our time working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, getting my new Big Lake book ready to go, and, of course, flying kites. The Washington State International Kite Festival is August 17-23 in Long Beach and some of the best kite fliers from around the world will be there to compete and show off their skills. We’re really looking forward to that!

Thought For The Day – I think senility is going to be a fairly smooth transition for me.

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  4 Responses to “Saying Goodbye To Seaside”

  1. Nick,
    I read on the Thousand Trails facebook page that there have been a lot of thefts at Seaside. Did you hear anything about this? We were there in May of 2014 and never had any problem.

  2. I read that, too, Linda. We don’t leave things outside unsecured and had no problems.

  3. Don’t envy you the bridge trip today…hope that is all past now. I don’t drive much anymore at all…just too nervous…so I think Ms. Terry is VERY brave indeed!!

  4. I’ve been meaning to tell you about a very simple technique that some Psychologists are using to treat phobias and other issues. It’s called “tapping.” Sometimes it’s called EFT for “emotional freedom technique.”

    It sounds a bit crazy, mainly because it’s so simple, but I tried it for an anxiety issue I’ve had for years and it worked really well. There is a lot of info on the Internet about it. There are books, too, but you don’t need to read a whole book to learn the technique, which only takes a few minutes to do once you learn it. It might not work as well for a real strong phobia but it’s worth a shot.

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