The voice of the sea speaks to the soul
Week two, Three 4 The Road! We were having so much fun in Seaside, Oregon that we decided to stay an extra week! The weather was unusually warm for early October and we took full advantage of it! Our daily routine usually started with a delicious cup of coffee at one of the many quaint coffee shops in downtown Seaside. My personal favorite was Beach Day Coffee, on Broadway Street near the Prom. The service was always friendly and the coffee was delicious!
After a warm cup of coffee we would stroll down the historic Seaside Promenade, also known as the Prom, a one and one half mile paved walkway bordering the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Along the Prom we’d see others walking, biking or pushing a stroller. Twice we even saw a person wandering down the Prom wearing a large panda head as if (s)he hadn’t a care in the world! Perhaps it was a celebrity enjoying the day free of the glaring lens of the paparazzi!
As a rock painter, I enjoyed painting rocks at our RV site, then hiding them along the Prom for visitors to find and enjoy.
While in Seaside, we visited the Seaside Aquarium. Founded in 1937, the Seaside Aquarium is one of the oldest aquariums on the west coast. Ava and I visited while Mark was working (yes, we still have to work on this trip!) and found that our favorite part was feeding the seals!
The small fee of $2 for a tray of fish is well worth it for the enjoyment of watching these playful clowns frolic and splash and clap their little fins together. We could have spent the entire day there just hanging out with the seals!
Learn to see things backwards, inside out, and upside down.
The Inverted Experience was a fun and quirky place to spend some time on one of the chillier days in Seaside. Everything there is either turned on its side or upside down. For a reasonable fee employees use your cell phone to take photos of you in various poses designed to make you appear as though you are dangling from a light pole during a wind storm, riding a bicycle upside down, or casually meditating from the ceiling. We had a great time and laughed a lot! We got to keep all photos and one printed copy as well. So Fun!
The real question is should we trust people who don’t like cheese?
As cheese lovers, we had to take a side trip to the Tillamook Cheese Factory! It was busy but not overcrowded and we were able to tour the factory during business hours and see how cheese is made. It’s quite a process!
After touring the facility we went to the tasting section – the BEST part of the tour!
My personal favorite was the cheese curds; also known as “squeaky cheese”, which we purchased (among other things) in the Tillamook Cheese Store!
We enjoyed a lot of what Seaside and the surrounding areas have to offer but our favorite place was the beach. We were fortunate to have warm, breezy weather for most of our visit. Beach combing, playing with the dog, and sitting in the sand enjoying the view became our daily routine.
Beach (noun) A place of rest, relaxation, and tranquility.
In addition to the glorious sunny days, we witnessed several spectacular sunsets from many viewpoints in Seaside.
Seaside Oregon, you are lovely. We will be back!