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Oceanside Beach, Oregon – Thanks for the Memories!

Posted by Jody on September 16, 2011

When our daughter Kristie attended a conference in Portland, Oregon, I tagged along to play with the grandkids while she attended the sessions.  The breathtaking beaches of the Pacific Northwest Coast are less than a two hour scenic drive from Portland.  So, with only an hour and a half drive to Tillamook, plus a few more minutes to get to Oceanside Beach, we had our day planned.

Beach View of Oceanside, Oregon (Photo by Squelle, from Wikimedia Commons)

Even though I had been to the Oregon Coast on many occasions, I had never been to Oceanside Beach.   We pinpointed the little hamlet on a map, since it is very near the Tillamook Cheese Factory.  So, after enjoying the terrific self-guided tour of this wonderful world of cheese and eating our three course lunch of squeaky cheese (cheese curds), cheese chunks and grilled cheese sandwiches, we packed the kids back into the car and headed for the coast.

Photo ©Jody Diehl

Oceanside, Oregon (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

This was an exciting day!  My grandson Liam, who was 2 ½ years old at the time, had never been to the seashore before. I couldn’t wait for him to dip his toes into the Pacific Ocean! He was so excited when he hit the sand and was soon picking up pieces of broken seashells (He’s a natural!). He was pretty amazed at the expanse of the Pacific and tentatively approached the water.  After some encouragement Liam did indeed touch the ocean. WoooHooo! Oona was there too, but she slept through the seaside excitement, as only a 6 month old could!

The beach at Oceanside, Oregon is long and wide with good, clean castle-building sand.  We didn’t find many take home beach treasures that day, but I hear that the beach is wonderful for agate hunting during the winter, when the ocean currents take sand away.  During the summer it’s great for picnicking, windsurfing, surfing, and exploring the tidepools.

We didn’t come away from beautiful Oceanside Beach, Oregon with a bucket of seashells, but we did take home some very treasured memories!

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