The Pacific Northwest

Another local trip to see the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

The brown bag travel

The brown bag travel

This is our 2nd brown bag trip in the last few weeks and you can see, our brown bag is getting some use as we visit the Pacific Northwest.  It would have stories to tell, could it talk.  So, where did it go this past week?  We may have to abandon this impulse travel sack and go with a suitcase.

Our granddaughter, Katie’s  favorite place is the ocean.  So, we packed our bag and her back pack, along with Grandpa’s wallet and off we went to the coast of Washington State to a seaside town of Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores beach

Ocean Shores beach

Many long years ago this was a forsaken stretch of sand dunes owned by a corporation that Pat Boone was involved in.  But it never took off and soon that corporation was gone.  Now it is a serious town of about 5000 residents (some are only parttime) with many wonderful mid size hotels and condos for rent.  New houses are popping up all over.   Katie would like to live here, but we have to be ON the beach.  The main part of Ocean Shores has public beach access and a beautiful sandy beach.  Many of the properties have dunes between them and the water/beach.  These are not S. California beaches.  Some people were in the water, but it is COLD!!!

The activities are many – kite flying is king, mopeds on the beach, horseback

Mopeds on the beach

Mopeds on the beach

riding on the beach, go carting, miniture golfing as well as a nice golf course.  There are a number of good places to eat and a small strip mall with a store that Katie loved.    A new Ice Creamery that makes it’s own ice cream with all kinds of additions caught Grandpa and Katie’s eyes.  So a couple of stops there.  Grandpa says the coffee ice cream is the best of anywhere.

We stayed at the Shilo Inn right next to the road to the sandy beach.  You can walk the long block to the water.  Also, walkable to the shopping strip.  There is one casino just before the main town, but none of the rest

Shilo Inn Ocean Shores

Shilo Inn Ocean Shores

of the town has casinos.  A very family friendly place.

Much to our surprise, it was Sun and Surf weekend with over 2000 bikers in town.  So the town was bursting with activites.  The whole main part was roped off for bike parking.  What an awesome collection of beautiful bikes.  I am sure all put together we could pay off the national debt. 

Summer is a good time to visit any Washington State beaches.  But our favorite time is November when we get some fierce storms.  Park yourself in front of a fire place, have some good music and a book and watch the waves crash.  We have been there with snow coming sideways from the water.  It is spectacular.

I hear the ocean calling.  Do you?   Cruise & Tour Planners

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