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Saturday, 9 August 2014

However much I had planned to take two days at home, I was lured out when I saw friend Wendy Murry’s post (she of the Jake the Alligator Man party) that she and Del would be showing their little trailer, Wilma, at the Sou’wester Lodge vintage trailer rally.  That was irresistible even though I had so wanted two days without leaving my property.

Vintage Trailer Rally at the Sou’wester Lodge

In the UK, these would be called caravans.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

What follows is pretty much the exterior of a trailer, followed by the interior, with some exteriors only of ones that were not open for touring.  With, of course, dogs.

one

one

kitchenette

kitchenette

The owner warned me "Don't be scared, there's a bear on the bed!"

The owner warned me “Don’t be scared, there’s a bear on the bed!”  Poor bear.

The rustic theme continues in the bathroom.

The rustic theme continues in the bathroom.  (Allan’s photo)

second trailer

second trailer

blue against blue (Allan's photo)

blue against blue (Allan’s photo)

Argosy

Argosy

dog

dog living up to its reputation

dog living up to its reputation

campsite relaxation

campsite relaxation

inside the argosy

inside the argosy

three

three: The woman who owned this one had acquired it at a garage sale!  She was still working on the interior walls and ceiling.

in

kitchenette must also be the sleeping area

caravan

an adorable light

sink with vintage kitchenware

sink with vintage kitchenware

guestbook

guestbook by the front door

a King Charles spaniel

a King Charles spaniel

Here's Wilma, Wendy and Del's vintage trailier; they looked long and hard to find this treasure.

Here’s Wilma, Wendy and Del’s vintage trailier; they looked long and hard to find this treasure.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

ramones

entry rug

entry rug

the comfy bed

Wilma’s comfy bed

How well I remember, from trailer camping with my parents, the little crank windows.

How well I remember, from trailer camping with my parents, the little crank windows.

kitchen sink and window

Wilma’s kitchen sink and window

Wendy, a woman after my own heart, decided the stove should come out as cooking inside while camping was not likely to happen, and the space could be better used.

kitchenette

Wilma’s kitchenette

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

mirror

mirror2

Del and Wendy recently acquired this cute little kitchen...thing; hadn't tried it out yet.

Del and Wendy recently acquired this cute little kitchen…thing; hadn’t tried it out yet.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

Wilma decor

Wilma decor

wilma

wilma2

I remember that Wendy had this plate long before she finally acquired Wilma.

I remember that Wendy had this plate long before she finally acquired Wilma.

del

Before leaving the Wilma campsite, I had a good conversation with Del, who told me about a second posthumous Joey Ramone album that I had not even known existed.

Del and Wendy's old rescued dog, Jerry

Del and Wendy’s old rescued dog, Jerry

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

 

Boles Aero

Boles Aero

boles

inside

nap

turquoise stove

turquoise stove

and fridge!

and fridge!

shiny silver

shiny silver

Silver Streak

Silver Streak

shiniest

so shiny

couch

couch2

front window over couch

front window over couch

 

 

kitchen

 

turquoise again

In the bathroom, the turquoise theme continues.

In the bathroom, the turquoise theme continues.

camp

 

reflective

reflective

vintage campsite sale

vintage campsite sale

blue

blue

dog

littledog

blue

blue

sleeping dog continues to lie

sleeping dog continues to lie

banjo

 

It's a little land yacht.

It’s a little land yacht.

protected by a gargoyle

protected by a gargoyle

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

blue

mustard

This is a low rider made to go into low garages of the 60s, I was told.

This is a low rider made to go into low garages of the 60s, I was told.  It’s so light a person can move it.

camp

low

 

green and silver

green and silver

nap

Trailer beds make me want to take a nap.

Trailer beds make me want to take a nap.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

good reading light

good reading light

 (Allan's photo)  Allan liked this, too; we both appreciate a good reading light!

(Allan’s photo) Allan liked this, too; we both appreciate a good reading light!

kitchenette

kitchenette

map tablecloth

map tablecloth

stove

toaster

towels

campsite

door

 

red

blast

inside

cocktail time

table

 

kitchen

 

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

Many of the trailers had vintage music playing inside.

Many of the trailers had vintage music playing inside.

kitchen

kitchen

yellow

yellow

camping cookspot

camping cookspot

This was one of my favourites.

This was one of my favourites.

love

checks

 

view

kitchen

more nap inspiration

more nap inspiration

love the tin ceiling

love the tin ceiling

liner

aristo

table

table

lots of blue appliances in these old trailers

lots of blue appliances in these old trailers

still more desire for a nap

still more desire for a nap

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

nap

 

red

more

The Sou’wester rents vintage trailers large and small for the night, in the RV park and further up by the lodge and cabins.

The TCH! TCH! on the sign stands for "trailer classics hodgepodge".

The TCH! TCH! on the sign stands for “trailer classics hodgepodge”.

inside the long green and white trailer

inside the long green and white trailer

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

 

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

bed

 

looking back to the kitchen and living area

looking back to the kitchen and living area

It's a two door trailer with an exterior door in the bedroom.

It’s a two door trailer with an exterior door in the bedroom.

I have a sentimentality about the Sou’wester because I lived there for a year when I first moved to the beach, so I took a stroll around the RV park grounds.

champagne

a big plain fifth wheel with the fancy name “Champagne Edition”

tent area

tent area

new enclosure about the campground shower building

new enclosure about the campground shower building

campsite

campsite

the vintage trailer rally

the vintage trailer rally

When I returned from my brief stroll, another trailer had just pulled in and parked and opened up for touring.

red

Its name was Ruby Joy.

Its name was Ruby Joy.

inside

inside

couch

I felt that nap coming on again.

I felt that nap coming on again.

a "glampsite" not just a campsite

a “glampsite” not just a campsite

As we left, Del was just walking his little dog, Jerry.

me going scritch scritch scritch on Jerry's behind

me going scritch scritch scritch on Jerry’s behind

 

 

 

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Saturday, 2 August 2014

I woke with the sense of obligation that I must go take photos of the Ilwaco Saturday Market for the Discover Ilwaco page; I had missed the market for the past three weeks due to garden touring and the Pink Poppy wedding. Strangely, the thought also popped into my head that we should go to the Jake the Alligatorman birthday event in Long Beach. I think I was trying to procrastinate about weeding, and am not sure why as I had been longing for two days in my own garden. I took my new cane for my stroll through the market and made it almost all the way through.

Ilwaco Saturday Market (garden themed items)

garden chairs by The Wood Elf

garden chairs by The Wood Elf

produce from Blue Coast Farm

produce from Blue Coast Farm

pot hanger from Willapa Crafts

pot hanger from Willapa Crafts

Mountain View Farm flower vendor

Mountain View Farm flower vendor

Mountain View Farm flower vendor

Mountain View Farm flower vendor

I looked at the dock area where the tuna fishing boats from the Oregon Tuna Classic in Ilwaco would be coming in later in the day.

a space for the tuna competition

a space for the tuna competition

In days past, I went in the afternoon to take photos of the event which benefits our local food bank. This year, I did not have the energy to do that AND Jake up in the Long Beach. If you are interesting in a lot of small boats offloading tuna, I have a photo album on Discover Ilwaco right here.

market view from the dock

market view from the dock ramp

more market flowers

more market flowers

apples with an enticing name

apples with an enticing name

potted lilies for sale

potted lilies for sale

a wooden box of sedums from The English Nursery (located in Seaview)

a wooden box of sedums from The English Nursery (located in Seaview)

our port office garden with hanging baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

our port office garden with hanging baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

My reward for doing the photos:

I bought myself some cupcakes from Madeline's Pink Poppy Bakery

I bought myself some cupcakes from Madeline’s Pink Poppy Bakery

passing by some of the Howerton Way gardens on the way home

passing by some of the Howerton Way gardens on the way home

The parking lot was so full that I could not get through to our gate at the back of the bogsy woods and had to walk around the block to get home!

The parking lot was so full that I could not get through to our gate at the back of the bogsy woods and had to walk around the block to get home!


 

Bride of Jake Contest, Long Beach

It’s hard to explain the Jake the Alligatorman phenomenon to a gardening audience. The best I can do is refer you to his website and try to explain that every year in Long Beach, he celebrates his 75th birthday again by taking a new bride. Local powerhouse Wendy Murry pretty much created this event out of her own imagination and it now draws folks from all over the Pacific Northwest. Earlier in the day, a birthday cake had been paraded down the street to Jake’s official home at Marsh’s Free Museum behind Fifth Street Park; we had been aware of this and had made sure the gardens looked good.

on a car near where we parked (Allan's photo)

on a car near where we parked (Allan’s photo)

We arrived at Veterans Field during the performance of an excellent punk band.

Allan's photo

The Back Alley Barbers

Singer 'Queen Pirate' had a good voice and great presence.

Singer ‘Queen Pirate’ had a good voice and great presence.

qp

a thoughtful, spiritual t shirt

a thoughtful, spiritual t shirt

and a shirt that I found quite funny.

and a shirt that I found quite funny.

The audience abounded with cuties.

audience

bike

cute

In the field, classic cars were lined up on show, along with two vintage trailers.

car

vintage caravan

vintage caravan

inside

inside

red

Wendy and Del's very own classic caravan

Wendy and Del’s very own classic caravan

inside Wilma

inside the Wilma trailer

Wilma interior

Wilma interior

I wonder if we could acquire a cute vintage trailer like this and park it behind our house, would friends be willing to use it as a guest house (and come in the garage door to use the facilities, or maybe we could add a little bathroom to the garage??)

car show

car show

a serious looking car

a serious looking car

with spikes

with spikes

Local pinups "Cosmic Bombshell"

Local pinups “Cosmic Bombshell”

Although I have no idea what this car is, it is always my favourite in local parades.

Although I have no idea what this car is, it is always my favourite in local parades.

The brides contest began with each contestant giving a performance. I only lasted through the first two because I was feeling tired of leaning on my cane. I longed for my comfy chair, especially since good friend Kathleen Shaw was in town and we had plans to visit as soon as I got home from Jake.

Three of the contestants

Three of the contestants

Ironically, my face blindness did me a great disservice, as I completely did not recognize Jenna (Queen La De Da) in her wig, to the right, above. I had no idea it was her or we would have stayed for her performance, and to make matters worse I heard later than the last band was just excellent.

Phooey. Face blindness is a curse for both me and Allan. It’s a real thing and you can read about it here. We find it hard to recognize people out of context and it is not uncommon that we will carry on a conversation with someone in public that we SHOULD know, and afterwards neither one of us will have a clue who we were talking to.

contestant number one

contestant number one

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

contestant number two

contestant number two

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the third contestant (Allan's photo)

the third contestant (Allan’s photo)

Allan got a photo of Jenna and still did not realize it was her.  (By then, I had wandered off looking for him.)

Allan got a photo of Jenna (Queen La De Da) and still did not realize it was her. (By then, I had wandered off looking for a quiet place to call Kathleen. I hope if I had still been in the audience, I would have recognized her.)[/acaption]

Jenna said to me later “I saw you in the audience and then you were gone!” Even more ironically, she had come over late one evening to get a CD to put “Jake the Alligatorman music on” and I thought she was helping with the party, never realizing she needed a recording of the Mexican Hat Dance for the Fiesta-themed contest

And then we went home!

[caption id="attachment_38774" align="aligncenter" width="500"]by where we were parked, one of the parking lot gardens looking rather good by where we were parked, one of the parking lot gardens looking rather good

and a photo that Allan got at one of the planters

and a photo that Allan got at one of the planters

I can’t say that going home when we did was a bad thing as I had an excellent visit (five hours long? is that possible?) with Kathleen, sitting in comfy chairs in the living room. I think the visit was at least four hours long, so we must have solved many of the world’s problems. Meanwhile, Allan watered the Ilwaco planters like the dedicated worker that he is.

I do wish that we had recognized Jenna and seen her act, though!

 

 

 

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If you wade through a bit about gardening, you’ll get to the vintage trailers.  I have divided the day into three parts to give The Wiegardt Gallery its own entry.  Now, in the late afternoon, we moved on north to Marilyn’s garden in Surfside.  There we found, just as we did at Klipsan Beach Cottages earlier in the day, a big wind flop:  a giant Miscanthus laid out over the top of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and a blue globe thistle.

Oh, dear.

Oh, dear.

All I could do is trim the ends off; there is no amount of tying or staking that will make this grass be what it should be now.  All these problems are due to the very unusually strong winds we have had this June;  old timers agree that the wind has been extreme for this time of year, several days with 29 mph, not the usual thing for June.

The edges where we had to repair the garden after the round up damage  (not caused by us; we don’t use the stuff) are starting to look more natural.

Marilyn's

Marilyn’s

Heading south again, we stopped at Oman Builders Supply to do some deadheading of the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’; there are three big ones so I said “Let’s just get 20 deadheads off of each and that’ll be good enough,” and it was.

OBS garden

OBS garden

Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola'

Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

I was anxious to get on to the piece de resistance of our day:  a look at the Sisters on the Fly vintage trailers at Andersen’s TV Park, where we had spend extra time making the gardens look perfect.

I had a few blue scaveoola plants to add to the pots by the front of the office, so that was our excuse.  Lorna was beaming with pleasure that the group had all checked in; as we approached, one of the sisters complimented her on the speech she had made about the history of the park (which was owned and developed by Lorna’s father).  Al told us that the trailers would look better the next day because some had just checked in and and they might not all be fully set up yet.  I knew our schedule might not permit us to come back Thursday or Friday.  I said we would look now and would go out the back door of the office “so it looks like we work here.”

It is probably a good thing that I am posting this about two days after the fact, because it turns out that the Sisters do not want people coming from outside to view the trailers….not to be unfriendly, but they have had hundreds of lookers when the word gets out.  The hubbub interferes with their pleasant vacation time, and the lookers want to see the insides of the trailers as well.  That would be fun as the insides are said to be highly decorative, but I would never dream of asking.

So…here is what we saw.  A big tent was set up next to Payson Hall where the group had had dinner.  We kept getting asked by various Sisters returning from their communal dinner “Are you looking for someone?” and I kept invoking the “We’re the gardeners!” clause.  I sort of felt like I shouldn’t be taking photos, like I was seriously intruding on a private place…but I just had to because I want to remember these cute RVs.  I could not stand and gawk but I can gawk now at the photos. Because I felt we were intruding and really should not walk right into the campsites, I used telephoto to get some decoration details to look at closely later

Note the painted branch trim.

Note the painted branch trim.

Rod and Reel

Rod and Reel

Rod and ReelIs glamping a term for “glamourous camping”?

glamping

blue swirl

blue swirl

knit fast

The light was not perfect for photos, as often happens in the course of our day, but we made do.

entry to the blue swirly

entry to the blue swirly

red and white

red and white

silver

silver

so very shiny

so very shiny

two or three to a site

two or three to a site!

three

All the RV park guest restrooms had been turned into women’s for the occasion.

red and green

red and green

bloomers mansion?

bloomers mansion?

Mission Keep Moving

Mission Keep Moving

very small

very small

little red (and white) Corvette

little red (and white) Corvette

two blues (love the "stone" wall)

two blues (love the “stone” wall)

cobalt blue

cobalt blue

horsey

horsey

horsey

camp martini

camp martini

camp martini

camp martini

Just breez'n along

Just Breez’n Along

Daisy

Daisy

I hope this one liked our field of red poppies near Payson Hall!

I hope this one liked our field of red poppies near Payson Hall!

Adelita

Adelita

sleek and silver

sleek and silver

Wild Honey

Wild Honey

closer

Always saddle your own horse.

good and bad cowgirls

good and bad cowgirls

Blue Moon Ride

Blue Moon Ride

Trailer Trash Diva

Trailer Trash Diva

Diva

I so wanted to get a good view of this mural but did not want to invade their space...

I so wanted to get a good view of this mural but did not want to invade their space…

the shortest?

the shortest?

pink cowgirl

pink cowgirl

pennants

pennants

twoMost trailers are outlined with lights.  Park staffer Rob had plants to get some photos of them lit up and dusk; these might eventually appear on the Andersen’s website.

the lowest?

the lowest?

my favourite

my favourite

My favourite was at the end of the park by the dunes.  I loved the quotations written all over it, similar to the way that I write gardening quotations right on my house.  It’s pretty punk rock, and the quotation “I aim to misbehave” is straight out of Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

quotation trailer

quotes

Never mind the daisies and poppies,  I wanna be friends with this one!  She fascinates me.

Looks like the other sisters were invited to add their thoughts.

I wonder if that is some kind of chalkboard paint?

I wonder if that is some kind of chalkboard paint?

had to telephoto so I could read it later...

had to telephoto so I could read it later…

I had an excuse to walk all the way down to the end of the park…I wanted a photo of the excellent sign offering a tootsie pop to children who help clean up the beach.

clean up sign

beach trail

beach trail

Just over the dune from Andersen’s RV Park, you’ll find the beach.  We hope Sisters on the Fly had a wonderful time there!

Our day was not over; we went on to plant some sedums in the whiskey barrels in Fish Alley, but I will leave you to linger here over the lovely trailers.

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I’m still running behind on blogging due to the caterpillar emergency evening, so here I continue to attempt to catch up.

Larry and Robert’s garden

Monday morning, the first item was to water Larry and Robert’s garden because we had planted a new little tree. We could not count on rain to keep the new plants happy, and in fact found a couple of perennials with thirst-wilted leaves. (The green Echinacea seems highly miffy when it comes to needing water.) Allan drive and I walked a bit later as I still had a few potted plants to water in my own garden. On the way, I looked over the fence to admire Judy’s Eryngium, nicknamed “LB”.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Saliva patens on Larry's front steps

Saliva patens on Larry’s front steps (from The Planter Box)

watering

watering

The Depot Restaurant

We next checked on the Depot garden to see if those plants needed water. The Eryngiums had fallen over a bit.

but we were stakeless

but we were stakeless

The garden did need watering because the sprinkler system does not hit the new garden.

Planter Box and Basket Case

Next, The Planter Box…for some Dr Earth organic CATERPILLAR spray. We have to deal with them at a commercial job, whereas, as I have said, in my own garden I would let nature take its course. Look at all the glorious cosmos that Planter Box still has for sale:

glorious cosmos for sale at Planter Box

glorious cosmos for sale at Planter Box

another great Planter Box annual: Salpiglossis

another great Planter Box annual: Salpiglossis

I bought some stunning Gazania there, and we then nipped over to The Basket Case to get a different kind of Gazania. There we saw a sign welcoming the Sisters on the Fly club, and Fred told us that he’d gotten an email from Lorna of Andersen’s RV letting him know that the club was collecting “something blue” on this trip. He and Nancy had put a collection of blue flowering plants at the front of the center greenhouse. Very clever. Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Lithodora, Salvia ‘Queen Victoria’. With this knowledge, we bought some Queen Victoria to add to the Payson Hall planters because the rest of our day would be spent at Andersen’s.

Basket Case

Once upon a time, I had several old nonfunctioning wheelbarrows planted with flowers, and I then “went off” the idea, but seeing how great the Basket Case wheelbarrows look, I will try again the next time one becomes not work worthy.

planted with Nancy's magic touch

planted with Nancy’s magic touch

Andersen’s RV Park

At Andersen’s, we stopped at the road box to add Gazania. The reseeding nasturtiums are being slow and not putting on any show so far.

workin' on the road box

workin’ on the road box

a Gazania 'Stars and Stripes mix' from Planter Box

a Gazania ‘Stars and Stripes mix’ from Planter Box

It is always a trick to plant this planter because nothing in it can be too tall or signs will be blocked.

for example...

for example…

We finished the detailed weeding of the picket fence and west gardens. Meanwhile staffer Rob was appreciating the flowers by taking some photos which are slated for the Andersen’s website.

with a macro lens

with a macro lens

We brought some coils of fishing rope which had been left in the bogsy woods by David Maki, the son of the former owner of our house, Shirley Maki. Some of it has gone to decorate at Queen La De Da’s, some hangs on our fence, and now some is at Andersen’s artistically enhancing two big planters.

Al starts uncoiling rope

Al starts uncoiling rope

pot number one

pot number one

It took three staffers to coil the rope around; it is quite stiff, and I was impressed that they managed it!

having at pot number two

having at pot number two

finished

finished

We got the weeding done and Payson Hall deadheaded but not before a big storm moved in. It rained so hard I felt like I was breathing rain, and we did not even have our raincoats with us as had not expected it til Tuesday.

Payson Hall planters all refreshed

Payson Hall planters all refreshed

I was, in fact, thrilled because the rain meant that we did not have to drive far north to Surfside to water Marilyn’s in the late evening. I could only hope (because the Peninsula is long enough that the weather differs) that it also rained reasonably hard up there, although the sky looked suspiciously light in that direction.

The group leaders of the Sisters on the Fly and a few other trailers had already arrived. There will be many trailers by Wednesday evening and we must get back to see them. (Payson will need deadheading again anyway for such a special event; the women will be dining there.) Here is a sampling. They were even cuter before the rain came and some of the decor got put away.

trailer

Rod and Reel

Rod and Reel

two cuties

two cuties

another cutie

another cutie

another cutie

We have the pleasure of knowing that the gardens are just about as perfect as we can get them for this fun group and we look forward to stopping by later this week to see all of the painted and decorated vintage trailers.

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On our way back to Seattle from the Sylvia Beach Hotel, we stopped at the Long Beach Peninsula.

looking from the boardwalk to Long Beach town in '91

looking from the boardwalk to Long Beach town in ’91

I had read in Northwest Best Places book that the Sou’wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington was eclectic and eccentric and that their “Trailer Classics Hodgepodge” was affordable, so we stayed there in an old Spartan RV.   And I fell in love with the place and its owners, an older couple named Len and Miriam.

Sou'wester Lodge

Sou’wester Lodge

by the Sou'west Lodge front door

by the Sou’wester Lodge front door

I took long walks through Seaview and Long Beach.

Long Beach from the boardwalk, 1991

Long Beach from the boardwalk, 1991

in downtown Long Beach

in downtown Long Beach

downtown Long Beach carousel

downtown Long Beach carousel

K Place in Seaview, looking toward the Sou'wester

K Place in Seaview, looking toward the Sou’wester

I marveled at this Seaview mansion which I think was built around the same time as the Sou’wester.  Years later I learned it was owned by the same family who owned the iconic beach house I had photographed when I was 18.

mansion on Willows Road

mansion on Willows Road

We started to think of looking for a house to buy and saw this little one near the mansion, sinking into the swamp…no windows…but for sale.

swamp house

swamp house

Below, another old house for sale on Willows Road in Seaview. (Someone did buy it and it is a very well kept house nowadays.)

on Willows Road

on Willows Road

I adored the names adorning many of the beach houses: Quit-Yo-Worry, Lo Tide, Clam Tide, Yeo Ho, No See Sea, Care-away House, WindandSea, Shadow Pines, Rambler’s Rest.

Quit Yo Worry in Long Beach

Quit Yo Worry in Long Beach

We discovered a spooky place at the south end of the beach called Beard’s Hollow…. We have seen old photos where people had a rope and pulley to ride between the cliff and the big rock, and the sea used to go around it.

Beards Hollow

Beards Hollow

(I still did not like it that cars were allowed on the beach.)

swamp path in Beards Hollow

swamp path in Beards Hollow

The above trail would be underwater in winter.  Now The Discovery Trail provides boardwalk access.

a spooky wash of driftwood in Beards Hollow

a spooky wash of driftwood in Beards Hollow

Near Beard's Hollow

Near Beard’s Hollow

tire tracks on the beach

tire tracks on the beach

birds

birds

I loved every detail of the beach (except for the tire tracks).

grasses

grasses

bird tracks

bird tracks

Robert on the beach

Robert on the beach

We were so smitten with the Peninsula and so amazed that one could buy a house for $35,000 that we made an offer on a house in Ocean Park…thinking we could stay there on weekends.  I walked the beach feeling terribly excited and imagining living there, making stained glass boxes and rustic baskets for sale, maybe doing odd jobs and some gardening and cleaning jobs.   The offer almost made it but fell through due to the realtor’s error. The owner went fishing and while at sea reconsidered selling, and due to the error, he was able to back out…So back we went to Seattle.

Later the same year, we returned to the Sou’wester for another long autumn weekend.  At the Sou’wester rental trailer area (below) , you can see our van parked next to one of the larger Spartan trailers.  I had found out shortly before this trip that I was pregnant, and could hardly bear the smell of food, and when the owners found out, they upgraded us to a larger trailer with a rear bedroom so I could get away from the kitchen.

Beaky communes with Sou'wester vintage trailers

Beaky communes with Sou’wester vintage trailers

Expecting a child, we decided that we could not move to the beach after all.  I particularly wanted our child to experience the culturally diverse qualities of Seattle and to not be raised in what seemed to me to be a very white, homogeneous community.   I wanted him to be able to go to Bumbershoot, the Martin Luther King Day march, the Gay Pride march, concerts, museums, art films….all that the city had to offer.  So I let do of the beach dream.   The stay at the Sou’wester felt final and poignant because I knew we would be unable to afford trips for quite some time.

Sou'wester trailers:  The African Queen, the Disoriented Express and the Blue Wave.

Sou’wester trailers: The African Queen, the Disoriented Express are the ones with murals.

I titled this photo (below) “Surreal Beach.”  Much as I had fallen in love with the Long Beach Peninsula, I was appalled then and still am that cars can drive on the beach as if it were a highway. Which it legally is.

Surreal Beach

Surreal Beach

(When I posted this on Facebook, a friend replied:  “Which is sadly, one of the big reasons I don’t vacation there. I took my kids down once to Long Beach and was paranoid of being run over on our bikes by cars I could not hear coming up behind me. We go down to the Sand Dune Recreational Area in Southern Oregon and the area we camp in is off limits to cars and ORVS.”

To which I replied:  When I read the entries at friends’ resorts (cottages and B&B’s), one of the running themes is how the guests do NOT like the cars on the beach, but just try to write a letter to the editor of the local (fairly liberal) weekly paper about it, and one gets inundated with angry pro-beach-driving responses. One big argument is that the elderly cannot get out there otherwise, so I say maybe open one section for disabled permits, and allow driving on beach clean up days, and that is IT. The state park has a long car-free beach, though, and a nice campground…(Ft Canby as was, now Cape Disappointment).

sunset

sunset

Sunset on the beach and back to Seattle for a whole new chapter in life, or so we thought.

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