Let's go to the beach!
The Oregon coast has often been called one of the most beautiful coasts. On Aug. 28 you can see it for yourself by going along on the bus trip to Seaside planned by the West Linn Adult Community Center. This small resort city in northwestern Oregon is well known for surf breaks and a 1920s promenade. Nearby is Ecola State Park, with views of the 19th century Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Rich wildlife includes eagles in the Necanicum River estuary and migrating gray whales.
Apart from many breweries and restaurants, there's plenty to do for everyone. Maybe a lot more for the very young, but also for us seniors. Seaside is the things-to-see and things-to-do capital of the Oregon coast. Best of all, it's walkable. Who wouldn't want to walk on the beach in the sand, maybe get lost in thought or with wonderful memories? Some people even kayak, as it seems to have become a big part of the fun at Seaside.
I'm sure many of us have fond memories of similar trips on the water. Whether in a kayak, row boat or speed boat, being on the water was always fun.
Thinking about kayaking took me back to a very fond memory I have when my mother, then in her early 70s, was visiting my husband and I while we were living in Vancouver, B.C. We had taken a few kayak trips along the Johnson Strait and other places in Canada and loved every second of it. My mom came over with one of my sisters, her husband and adult daughter and we had many outings to some beautiful places. One warm sunny day we decided to rent some kayaks and head over to Deep Cove for a picnic. All picnic stuff was packed tightly and stowed into the front of the kayaks. We had two double and two single boats. My mom sat with me in one double and off we went.
The water was pretty smooth, and we were very much enjoying the beautiful views and peacefulness of being on the water. We hit a little bit of turbulence, and that's when I started to panic — what was I thinking? If we were to turn over into the water, I could barely save myself, being a very weak swimmer. What about my mother? I knew that I may not be able to save her, especially knowing that she never learned to swim very well either.
Well, after reaching shore on the island, and enjoying our wonderful picnic, I put the responsibility on my brother-in-law. He's bigger and stronger than me, and let him take my mother back to the other side.
I was so proud of her that day, and many other days, when she took those things she had never done before in stride, and being in her 70s. I often think of her and hope that I can be as strong and adventurous as she was then.
Let's get back to the beach in Seaside, and enjoy a nice trip Wednesday, Aug. 28. The bus leaves early at 7:45 a.m. and will return at approximately 2 p.m. There is a $12 fee for transportation; lunch is on your own. Call the center to sign up at 503-557-4704 or drop in for more information.
The West Linn Adult Community Center is located at 1180 Rosemont Road in West Linn.
Lunch is served at noon each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for a cost of $5 per person. This week's menu features barbecued chicken, macaroni and cheese, corn and peach crisp on Friday, Aug. 16; sausages and baked beans, vegetable medley and chocolate cookies Monday, Aug. 19 and sausage and white bean soup with roast beef sandwiches and vanilla Bundt cake on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Mieke Wiegman is a volunteer with the West Linn Adult Community Center.
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