Posts Tagged ‘Seaside Oregon’

Saturday, 25 August 2018

I had been tipped off about a Hardy Plant Society open garden down in Manzanita, and when Seaside and Cannon Beach gardeners Pam and Prissy decided to go with us to see it, the one garden visit blossomed into a day of garden touring with friends.  As always with good garden tours, I have divided the day into several posts.

our day trip

Seaside, Oregon

We got up quite early, for us, and managed to get to Seaside by 10 AM to beat the Hood to Coast relay race traffic.  We did such a good job of being ahead of the race that we had some extra time, and so we drove along Broadway, admiring Pam’s downtown public garden beds.  This time there definitely was nowhere to park and admire them on foot.

The fire department had stationed themselves at intersections, asking for donations.  We gladly complied.  Like the firefighters on the Long Beach Peninsula, these brave souls are volunteers.

“Fill the boot!”

Pam’s glorious gardens

As always, I envied the size of Pam’s garden beds and her freedom to choose an assortment of small street trees.  (She told me that gingkos have been performing well as street trees here.) I also desperately envy that each bed has a good automatic sprinkler system.

The double bench with arbors beds are my favourite.  (Excuse the from-the-van-on-the-move photos, some through the windshield.)

Through the windshield = impressionistic.

the turnaround

The beach had all sorts of tents set up for the relay race event.

You can just see, to the left, part of a big inflatable castle thing that seemed to be the finish line.

the turnaround garden, total exposure to coastal wind

Oops, traffic speeded up a bit.

A few days later, the Visit Seaside Oregon page posted a video tour of Pam’s gardens, hosted by Pam herself.  It is well worth going along on this tour by watching it here.  We then drove to Pam’s house nearby.

by Pam’s stairway

driveway display


We spent a short while indoors at Pam’s waiting till time to go meet Prissy.  I was moved by the lyrics laid out on the table, a song that Pam’s musician spouse Dave would be performing at a show this evening.

You can read the complete lyrics here. If you desire more poignancy, read the lyrics of the next song, An Old Box of Memories, too.

The Waves, Cannon Beach

With Pam driving a four seater car, we went south to The Waves to meet Prissy, who is the gardener there (and other places) and who was finishing up her morning watering of many containers.  It was a treat for Allan to be able to enjoy the views without driving.

an ocean front bed

hebe and rosemary

a pretty pink something

The Waves oceanfront promenade

a dog walker (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Pam said she would train the little dogs to “mush”.

Pam and I touring while Prissy finishes work. (Help was offered and declined.)

tricolor hebe, maybe reverting to green

Prissy’s pots on a glassed in deck

Allan’s photo: the only place for variegated ground elder: in a pot on concrete (lower right)

The resort is an interesting maze of outdoor corridors between buildings.

idyllic view

hydrangeas against cedar shakes


salpiglossis; both Pam and I realized we have been forgetting to use this.

Allan’s photo

These very cool whorls of flowers are on pennyroyal.

Berkheya purpurea “Zulu Warrior”

agastaches, which of course I adore

Bupleurum, Allan’s photo

Bupleurum and lavender, Allan’s photo

mimulus in a container

a pelargonium

and another pelargonium

Prissy had arranged for us to see two other gardens in Cannon Beach before going to Manzanita.  She finished watering, loaded her gear into her truck and then joined us in Pam’s car, and we were off to see Beth Holland’s garden.




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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Seaside, Oregon


On the way to the Spade and Wade garden tour, we drove the loop on Seaside in Broadway to look at Pam Fleming’s gardens there.  These photos are just from our moving vehicle.  I felt we did not have time to stop, and I was so right, because we did not get done with the last Tillamook County garden till tour closing time.

My newish Lumix was fussy and made me mad.

Really mad, because I had only one chance for most of these photos as the street is one way.

Dangity blang Lumix!

As you can see by that, er, impressionistic shot, Pam’s ground level planting areas are large enough to make an impact.  I was inspired (partly by my planter reference posts for Long Beach) to do a post of the 18 truly pitiful walked upon foot-shuffled unauthorized-bike-parking, dog-bed little tree gardens that we have in Long Beach (to be published in a few days).

after the Lumix was turned off and on again

the Turn Around

Did not get any shot of the Turn Around garden because the camera took too long to reset itself.  The sprinklers were on and I was deeply jealous of the automatic watering.

looks like an area where people walk

That reminds me of a public garden of ours last week where young parents, hip and sophisticated (who had just pontificated to their children about saving the bees), let a child climb on a rock using daylily buds (next to said rock) as hand holds.

more rock hopping here, probably
Hostas. I would not eat a kangaroo.

Wouldn’t it be a lovely experience to drive through Long Beach and see someone else’s excellent work instead of ours? So relaxing to just view.

We drove on to the Tillamook County tour, and on the way back we stopped for a tour and visit at

Pam’s own garden.

Pam was glad to see us.  Henry wasn’t.

Lily was pleased to see us.

We admired the front garden plants…

Leycesteria ‘Jealousy’

Leptospermum ‘Squiggly’ (left)

We then repaired to the back garden, where I was reminded that this cool, variegated shrub is a photinia.

Which one, Pam? Davidiana?
Note the branches hiding the underside of porch.
So peaceful back here, and that slab and sidewalk would not need any weeding.

Pam says that Hosta ‘June’ is resistant to slugs and snails.

bird haven
swirly branches
Allan’s photo
lower patio and kitchen garden

the fish in the corner
looking back

looking back from whence we came

I begged a start of the white Geranium macrorrhizum (right).  It is not “Whiteness”, the one I recently bought.  Pam, what is the cultivar name?

We sat for awhile and talked about the life of public gardening.

It was a livelier conversation than it looks.  Pam was at the end of a work day.

demo of a cool battery operated tool with multiple attachments.

We will get one!

Allan and I left in time to be home before dark, and I now consider garden touring season to be almost over, although I did find out about a garden that will be open to Hardy Plant Society members in Manzanita in late August (and also this coming weekend, but Allan will be boating).  The Castle Rock garden tour has been canceled until 2019.

Sunday was cold and windy and so our day was spent blogging about the Tillamook County tour.

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

*Overseas is not as exotic as it sounds; it’s just what we say around here about crossing the Columbia River to northwest Oregon state.

We had a lovely rainy day so there was no guilt at all about not gardening.



The half an inch of predicted rain had materialized.

Before leaving Ilwaco, we finally found time to go to the botanical art exhibit at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, three blocks west.


“The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is honored to present an exhibition of 82 paintings by Frances Stilwell representing the native plants of Oregon’s eight Ecoregions.

After moving to Oregon in 1969, Stilwell began defining her new home by learning and drawing the native plants. Since then, Stillwell has published two books related to Oregon’s native plants including the exhibition’s companion book, ‘Oregon’s Botanical Landscape; An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800’.”

Before going in, we simply had to pull chickweed out of the museum’s two planters.




beargrass and beargrass baskets


I liked the impressionistic paintings so much that I bought the accompanying book.


Now for our shopping trip overseas.




We’d go to more events in Astoria if I enjoyed crossing the 4.2 mile bridge.

We drove into downtown to buy a t shirt at Old Town Framing for Astoria Pride 2017.


flowers in a downtown window


large street planters


Allan’s photo



and individual shop planters


In Warrenton, just southwest of Astoria, we checked out the plant stock at Fred Meyer and Home Depot because I have often found cool plants at Fred’s…not so much this time…and because I need a couple of small hydrangeas like Cityline Rio.  I was disgruntled because both stores had hydrangeas which were not marked with cultivar names. Just “hydrangea” is not enough of a label for me.


feeling disgruntled at a big box store

We bought some feeder fish for our water boxes at the local Petco.  (I’d rather shop at smaller places but sometimes, here away from the city, the choices are limited.)

We turned right onto Broadway in Seaside, Oregon, to make the loop of

Pam Fleming’s Seaside Gardens

Because the frustrating hydrangea shopping had consumed a lot of time, the photos are taken from the van on a drive by.  Sometime I’d like to have a leisurely enough trip to text city gardener Pam and meet for lunch.  You can see the gardens at their summer peak in this post from July 2015.





Taken backwards after driving past because I admired the pool of still water underneath the clipped ceanothus.



I envy Pam’s big, irrigated planting beds.







a store named after me


the turn-around


We drove on south from Seaside to shop at Seaside 7 Dees. I found some fairly common plants that I wanted for my garden.


Allan’s photo




a couple more Euonymus ‘Green Spire’

A nice Salvia patens was a good find.  My best find was a flat of Asclepias syriaca, which had been on my must have list since I saw it last summer in the Deerly Missed gardendeerly.png

Well, syriaca and speciosa are not the same one…but close in appearance.  I hope.


Allan liked the fountain. (We’ve seen a version with crows, too.)


Their beaks clack as water runs through.


He found himself a new “parsley fern”.


My cart; I wish I could have found two cartloads of cool plants to buy.

I am aware of the contradiction in my recent rejoicing that planting time was over.

Note the gold leafed Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’.  I have tried this plant repeatedly and the snails always get it.  My memory of seeing it in Lucy Hardiman’s Portland garden years ago always inspires me to try again.


Lucy’s garden, 2001, gold tradescantia in pots on the deck

Unfortunately, the hydrangea selection at 7 Dees did not include any that I wanted for the J’s garden although I did get myself one called ‘Shooting Star’, which might be one I have seen in The Oysterville Garden.

Perhaps, thought I, I had not tried hard enough while looking at the hydrangeas at Home Depot.  We went back to try again; I hoped that scanning the tags might reveal the names of the different cultivars.  Nope.  The scan just said “Hydrangea”.  I tried to explain that there are a lot of folks with the surname Smith, but individual Smiths are names Mary, Bob, or Lucy.  I got crickets and blank looks.

We had not had time to eat yet so we decided to have a meal at the cute Uptown Café in the adjacent mall.  (I wished I had decided that earlier; we could have waited to get our feeder fish and saved them the ride to Seaside and back.)


Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’ outside the café, planted with lots of sidewalk around it so probably not vulnerable to snails.

The back of the menu explains much about the charming decor of the café.  Its ambience is more important to me than the food.




wood partition from an old church


south wall


Old doors from Astoria houses.


veggie burger


fish tacos

home again

…after accomplishing the tedium of grocery shopping.


This snail had ridden all the way down and back with us on the back of the van. (Allan’s photo)



chickadee poised to take food to the nest


new batch of ladies in waiting

The new fish had one casualty, a plain silver one.  The store clerk had put in extras for that eventuality.  They got floated around in their bag for an hour in the water boxes before being divided into their new home.


the new fish



There are lots of places to hide from predators.


We had had this much rain.

Tomorrow: One work day, followed by a two day weekend with a couple of events that might preclude getting the new plants planted.


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Saturday, 4 March 2017

In the early afternoon, we crossed the Astoria Megler Bridge and joined a roomful of like minded folk for an Indivisible North Coast Oregon meeting.


a darling small house by where we parked (Allan’s photo).  A sunny garden in front would have no privacy, though.


Allan’s photo, on the way

Astoria was parked up because of a winter brewery festival. We walked two blocks in the rain, passing one of my favourite little gardens on the way to the Fort George Brewery meeting room.


Allan’s photo

This ornately fenced garden is built by piling soil (now mulched with washed dairy manure) on top of pavement.


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo: tulip foliage, and pigeon pecking in the manure





a goodly crowd


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


a neat driftwood thing


Some thoughts from the meeting:

Indivisible is opposed to the ABC of authoritarianism, bigotry, corruption.

A speaker advised that we send postcards to politicians…”even a picture postcard works because I think they stand out,” she said.  This made me smile because of our recent art postcard parties.


an example from one of our postcard parties

A woman from Germany spoke, saying “who would have thought a little painter from Austria could have killed millions” and she asked, “How could my people not see this coming, how could they look away?”  She said “My life is a series of attempts to make up for the crimes of my ancestors”.  When she goes to a protest, her thought when seeing a photographer is: Is he from the newspaper or from Homeland Security?  She believes she sees the early signs of fascism.  Right here is her recommended reading on the subject.

The following speaker quoted this: “What you would be doing in 1930s Germany is what you are doing now.”

Action item: A member of KMUN radio asks that we write to or call members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations asking that public radio continue to be funded.  Small rural stations like Astoria’s KMUN depend on federal funding far more than city stations do.

Afterwards, we were encouraged to sign up if we had interest in particular topics (education, environment, immigration, health care, equal rights).DSC06882.JPG).


Allan took the opportunity to buy a women’s march copy of the Daily Astorian.


Afterwards, we walked by the Fort George Brewery’s lower garden, also freshly mulched.  The ornamental grasses have been cut back since last time we went to the Blue Scorcher Café next door.



Fort George garden

We walked by the temptations of the Blue Scorcher because we wanted to try out a new restaurant in Seaside, Oregon.

In Seaside, it was too wet and miserably windy to walk around and look at Pam Fleming’s city gardens.


drive by photo




Allan’s photo


a new restaurant (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo



a warm and simple place


Allan’s photo


something so sweet on the menu


many choices


I had to try the cauliflower appetizer, hoping that it would be similar to the zahra from Seattle’s Mediterranean Kitchen…and it was.



Allan’s chicken sandwich


The tasty baba ganoush had pickled on it; I just put them to one side because I’m not used to that.  All food is made fresh so I bet I could ask for no pickles next time, and there will be a next time.


the turnaround at the end of Broadway


Pam’s garden on the turnaround (Allan’s photos)



We shopped at Costco.  Wouldn’t this elaborate plastic apple container make an interesting little seedling greenhouse?



stormy crossing of the Columbia on the way home: freighters at anchor, waiting


light snow and fog on the hills on the Washington side of the bridge


in the dusk, golden daffodils that someone once planted on the hillside

According to the weather forecast, we are due for several days of bad weather, possibly even light snow.  I will not mind reprising staycation.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

I accompanied Allan on a grocery shopping trip to Warrenton, Oregon, solely to detour into Seaside and see Pam Fleming’s public gardens.  (Checking out the plant selection at Fred Meyer would be a bonus.)


Pam Fleming has been the public gardener for downtown Seaside for as long as I can remember, and every year her gardens get better.  The gardens run along both sides of Broadway from the main highway to the beach view turnaround.

Broadway in Seaside

Broadway in Seaside

We drove and looked at the first couple of blocks as I took photos from the passenger window.






Love that dusky Phygelius; I wonder if it is 'Salmon Leap'.

Love that dusky Phygelius; I wonder if it is ‘Salmon Leap’.

Then a parking place opened up on the busy street and we decided to walk to the turnaround and back to get a close look at the gardens.  What a good decision!

One of Seaside's well designed sit spots.

One of Seaside’s well designed sit spots.

on the bridge

on the bridge






I love gold and variegated foliage.

I love gold and variegated foliage.



Nigella (love in a mist) (Allan's photo)

Nigella (love in a mist) (Allan’s photo)

Pam plants flowering tobacco and head-whirling type flowers in front of the Bridgetender Tavern.

Pam plants flowering tobacco and head-whirling type flowers in front of the Bridge Tender Tavern.

Nicotiana langsdorfii (a flowering tobacco)

Nicotiana langsdorfii (a flowering tobacco)

a whirly spoon leaved osteospermum; she likes the kind with more of a color pattern but it has become hard to find.

a whirly spoon leafed osteospermum; she likes the kind with more of a color pattern but it has become hard to find.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I hope no tavern patron gets thrown into this pocket garden this year.

The Bridge Tender

The Bridge Tender

As we strolled by a café with outdoor seating, a walker approaching said to two folks seated there, “Looks like the perfect life.”   “It’s our think tank,” said the sitters; “We’re solving the world’s problems.”  “How far have you gotten?”  “Not very far.”

Pam often plants culinary plants in front of restaurants, like this seafood place.

Pam often plants culinary plants in front of restaurants, like this seafood place.


I spy parsley in the Dooger's garden.

I spy parsley in the Dooger’s garden.  Maybe sage, rosemary, and thyme, too.

by Dooger's

by Dooger’s

This is the "swinging tree" of a little local girl who has swung from the branches for years.

This is the “swinging tree” of a local girl who has swung from the branches for years.

I'd say put leatherleaf viburnum here except I don't much like it!

I’d say put leatherleaf viburnum here except I don’t much like it!

When the business storefronts change hands, sometimes Pam’s planting scheme is thrown off; she might have plants from Mexico in front of a Mexican restaurant and then have it turn into a souvenir shop instead.

another culinary garden by the Pig 'n' Pancake, with golden lemon balm.

another culinary garden by the Pig ‘n’ Pancake, with golden lemon balm.  (I think.)

Lovage, I think, on the right.

Lovage, I think, on the right.

The vigorous houttuynia was already in the gardens when she took them on.

The vigorous houttuynia was already in the gardens when she took them on.

Why don't I ever remember to mass plant like she does? Looks so much better.

Why don’t I ever remember to mass plant like she does? Looks so much better.

I just realized my own Primrose vialii may be petered out at home.

I just realized my own Primrose vialii may be petered out at home.

Unlike some people, when I see a plant that I want in a public garden (like the primrose above), I do NOT help myself.


As always, I envy the variety of street trees...not just boring old columnar pears like we have. Here: paperbark maple.

As always, I envy the variety of street trees…not just boring old columnar pears like we have. Here: paperbark maple.

another sit spot

another sit spot

Forever is a long, long time.

Forever is a long, long time.

a wintry windowbox

a wintry window box

shop window (Allan's photo)

shop window (Allan’s photo)

There is alchemilla (lady's mantle) looking frothy and glorious.

There is alchemilla (lady’s mantle) looking frothy and glorious.





looks like Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' being way early!

looks like Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ blooming way early!

Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’



Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


I also envy the reliable sprinkler system in every pocket garden.



Last year, Pam told us her mulch of choice was bales of Gardner and Bloome soil building compost.

Last year, Pam told us her mulch of choice was bales of Gardner and Bloome soil building compost.


I was deeply smitten with this bed with its candelabra primroses.

I was deeply smitten with this bed with its candelabra primroses.




I spy little statice. I've had helpful people pull them out as dandelions before they bloom.

I spy little statice. I’ve had helpful people pull them out as dandelions before they bloom.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


almost to the turnaround

almost to the turnaround

At first, I thought this kid might be one of Pam's workers, till I realized he was playing hide and seek.

At first, I thought this kid might be one of Pam’s workers, till I realized he was playing hide and seek.

Now I had reached the turnaround.  Allan had walked back to get the van and come pick me up.


looking east

looking east

looking west

looking west

I found these two plaques deeply touching:




looking south

in full wind and weather...and irrigated

in full wind and weather…and irrigated








On the way back to the highway, one block over:

a big fluffy peony under a beach pine

a big fluffy peony under a beach pine

some flying birds by a Seaside storefront

some flying birds by a Seaside café

On the way north, we had a look at the garden of an ironworks shop in Gearhart.

Gearhart Ironworks

Gearhart Ironworks

the ironworks garden

the ironworks garden

We accomplished our grocery shopping at Costco.  I miss the old, smaller store behind the Fred Meyer.  The big new one has lighting that makes me feel dizzy and disoriented.  I find myself thinking that I must visit an optometrist immediately:

too much glare

too much glare, I feel like I am seeing double.

I prefer mood lighting while shopping.

Further toward home, I succumbed to the siren call of the Fred Meyer plant department.

petunias of interesting hues

petunias of interesting hues; I bought a yellowy-pinky one.

another unusual petunia

another unusual petunia

a haul of plants for my garden (Allan's photo)

a haul of plants for my garden (Allan’s photo)

eastern view from the highest part of the 4 mile long Astoria Megler bridge over the Columbia river.

eastern view from the highest part of the 4 mile long Astoria Megler bridge over the Columbia river.

The only flaw in this excellent day (other than the lighting at Costco) was that I had not organized a visit with Pam herself.  I felt we would not have time to do that, shop, and get to our weekly dinner in time.  Oh, how wrong I was because we got home with two hours to spare.  I did spend it puttering with my new plants; however, visiting with Pam would have been better, and rare.

The Cove Restaurant

We were slightly late to our North Beach Garden Gang meeting because I found it hard to tear myself away from my new plants.

a tad bit late to the party

a tad bit late to the party

artful dinner salad

artful dinner salad

strawberry feta salad (Allan's photo)

strawberry feta salad (Allan’s photo)

prawn scampi

prawn scampi

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

Dave, Melissa and me

Dave, Melissa and me

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

We usually stay until the serving staff start sweeping up and vacuuming.  Carmen made an amusing show of sweeping right by our table.

a hug from our Carmen

a hug from our Carmen

After dinner, the usual lingering in the parking lot:

The plant that got away?

The plant that got away?

Tomorrow: back to the watering rounds.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 2: HOT in afternoon!!  Noon to six  I finally got those tulip bulbs (from the tubs and pots) planted in the garden area next to the onion and asparagus bed.  Boy I’m glad to have it done.  Then I planted seedlings into pots—the next move will be to plant them into the various bowls.  The next main job is to start planting the perennials that are on the picnic table.







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Monday, 30 May 2016

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Memorial Weekend Monday was a busy day at Broadway Park. It’s east of the stoplight and a noisy happy place with lots of playground equipment, tables, big restroom and the Neawanna River. That’s the river you’ll see under the Highway 101 bridge at the north end of Seaside, Oregon.


The fancy dock is just above the picnic trailer.


This is Seaside’s wheelchair compatible, easy for everybody, kayak dock.


A two and a half minute video on how this works can be seen here.


Grab the rails, roll on the rollers and easy-peasy, you’re in, right side up.


Today, I’m going upstream as far as possible. There is plus 1.6 foot rising tide so it’s pretty low and shallow.


A Memorial Day wreath had washed up  on shore


A set of rapids that might have sent the faint hearted downstream to easier waters.


The creek looked like it had a long way to go so I dragged the boat further.


Looks like an old bridge but the bank was too high and muddy to see if the any tracks remained


Paddling partners going upstream, just a little more quickly due to their shyness.


Silverleaf sending out tendrils to get established on the banks


A second portage. A good reason to have a little boat that’s easy to carry.


It’s still lower than my boot tops.


Just south of the 12th St bridge was the last bit of floatable creek.  There were four groups of goslings swimming about so it was the end of the line for me.


As close as a 5x zoom lens can get while I stayed well back.


Goose school in session.


The South Sundquist Road bridge before heading back downstream


A muddy salvage trip but I got it. It was unlabeled. We can always use another cone.


Probably a victim of english ivy.


We traded greetings as I portaged back.


Almost ready below the portage, got the cone, looks I’m walking back because I’m missing something.




A speed bump for deep boats


I gave the wreath a nudge to send it on its way.



One of Seaside’s low maintenance plantings on their Broadway St. bridge.


Six, maybe seven sentries watching the river below the park


A heron doing neck stretches until it realized I was watching.


Then it dignified right up.


Geese making gloppy sounds in the mud.

The Seaside Chamber of Commerce filmed this same trip, with a red kayak, here. It’s under four minutes, taken at a high tide and with ambient music.


A short trip but part of completing a ‘U’ around Seaside.

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Today I did the bit marked in black. last October I did the route marked in red. Someday, when the tide is right, I should connect the two doing the green route.


Bonus for having a van, I was able to stuff inside a new pre-assembled dream wheelbarrow for Skyler under the boat.

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Seaside, Oregon & the Necanicum River

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Floating your boat in Oregon, if it’s 9′ or over, requires a $7 annual ‘Invasive Species’ permit (for plants-not us tourists) available at Fred Meyers. Apparently I was an outlaw when I visited Cullaby Lake last July.

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The map shows the Necanicum River on the left flowing through downtown Seaside. The Neawanna Creek on the right side flows under the 101 bridge and behind the malls. The building is the Seaside Convention Center.

At Quatat Park next to the Seaside Convention Center there is a boat ramp (sometimes locked) and a public dock.



A +3 foot rising tide left a steep ramp and muddy beaches.


Visitors from the convention center enjoying lunch and watching a tourist figure out how to launch his boat.

Wheel Fun Rentals is visible downstream from the Broadway bridge. It wasn’t open today, but they can rent you a boat for $20 per hour and up.


Colorful plastic water toys.

They have catamaran hull kayaks and they have a stack of Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) that can also double as a kayak.

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Besides being subtle, this two-seater could travel right up a beach or over a sandbar.

I headed south under Seaside’s bridges.

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A heron making use of an old dock.

I stayed far away to allow this bird to continue its fishing.





It wanted more solitude and flew away.


Mallard ducks were cruising the shore.


The everpresent gulls fished the middle


DSC06083There were barnacles too as this is salt water.


I paddled just past an island south of the gas station where the depth ran out.


The Chevron station from the trench

And now I made a run back towards the ocean

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Doesn’t this place with its shed over the water and the sun porch look much better from the river than the street?

On 9th St. there is the Seaside Lodge & International Hostel. They have canoe & kayak rentals available to the public. Their current rental rate offered two cups of espresso (or tea) and four hours of rental time for $25.


A young’n getting ready to fish.

Under the 12th St. bridge I met a wall of crab pot ropes.


They had left a gap on either side. The water was too deep to see the pots.


Near the shore as one of the fishermen pointed out a crab he’d spotted from the bridge. (Did he want me to grab it, with my fingers?)


A red rock crab avoiding the crab pots next to the bridge. Later I saw a crab surface for something tasty but it didn’t hang around for a picture.


Later I drove over the bridge to check out the crabbers.


This is what the river’s mouth looks like with a 3 foot rising tide.  There is a crabber walking the water in the background, just shy of the Gearheart Ocean State Park .


Maybe he was looking for clams as there were lots of small holes in the sand.


A heron watching me and the couple walking the beach


Multi-tasking as she catches up on the phone, dog time and a walk.


A final view south to Tillamook head before heading back.

I could hear the ocean but this bay is protected from the surf.

The Neawanna Creek that dumps onto this bay has two launch sites. One launch,  behind the theaters heads north to the bay. The second heads south from Broadway Park to Ave. S.


A motorcyclist staying dry while checking out the river behind the high school.


A fisherman and crab pot lines as I made my way back under the 12th St. bridge.


A door on a storm sewer line reminded me of a show we recently saw of a bunch of baby ducks rescued from beneath a street, and how they likely got there.


A small house holding out against a large hotel with a buffering tree.


A final view of the three downtown bridges, like Venice, a little.

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No great speed or distance today, just a lot of sitting and looking.

A final look at one of Seaside’s many gardens, this one by the dock, maintained by Pam Fleming and crew.


A fisherman with a simple boat launched from the ramp. I had all my lunch as he drifted downriver setting up his electric motor and fishing gear.


If I had fishing gear to set up too, I’d have to get up even earlier to make the time fit.

It was getting hot so off I went to get some groceries and head for home. But first I went to the west side of the 12th St. bridge for some sights.


A rosemary wall.

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All the bouquets were gone but this is a serious flower stand.


Back across the Columbia River and heading home to Ilwaco.

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