Thursday, July 16, 2009

An Evening at the Iredale

It is often said that we live in paradise. A walk on the beach late yesterday afternoon verified that fact for me once again. Our paradise is not what everyone thinks of as their Utopia. To live here you must brave the elements, be tough and strong, a "Coastie" through and through. We have a very small allotment of warm summer days and we rejoice in that fact, knowing that if our temperatures were warmer, less rain fell on our heads, that this would be a true paradise and people would flock to our little corner by the thousands. Don't get me wrong - we like you - we want you to visit - but, then, when the rains come, we want our corner of the world all to ourselves. Right now the sun is out, it's 71 degree's. Come and take a walk with me on the beach, visit the Peter Iredale and enjoy yourselves fully.

Surfing in our Pacific Ocean is not for the weak or faint of heart. These ocean waters splash onto our beaches at a balmy 36 degrees, on average. These swimmers and surfers are tough!

Footprints, sand, surf, people flying kites and a quiet moment overlooking the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale are what sweet summer moments on our beautiful coastline are all about.

The sun has set, the tide is coming in. It's time to tuck in, call it a day. I hope you had a wonderful time on our north coast beaches today. See ya next time!


Adrienne said...

Oh, now I'm homesick for the North Coast again! We spent so many wonderful hours watching the sun set over the Iredale when we lived there. Our little guy (our now-grown son!) loved to run and play in the sand while we watched and wiled away the hours in Paradise. Yes, it is Paradise. We will return one of these days. (We are returning to part of the Coast this Saturday with my dear little mother - a day trip with her!)
Your 'Coastie' friend,

Adrienne said...

What beautiful pictures ... I'm an east coast girl ... I would never survive the weather!

Shelby said...

I had a "virtual" vacation on the beach this morning thanks to you.. but that water does look collllllld.

Sun sunshiny day!!

Cheers :)

Yolanda said...

I wish I could have been there.

mtnchild said...

No matter how cold the water, the 71 degrees is calling to me. I am sweltering here in Klamath Falls at around 85 or so. Perfect weather for me is in the mid 70's!

How I wish I could twitch my nose and be at the coast enjoying sunsets with you!!


Twisted Fencepost said...

Beautiful pictures. Makes me want to visit the beach. I love the beach..... the waves, the sand , the birds.....
But I can't handle the cold.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Lovely photos!

Josh said...


I totally understand loving the ocean, and which is main reason I have lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and even Rochester (as it is on the Great Lakes, and thus basically a fresh water inland sea... we even have big ships plying Lake Ontario). Last Sunday I was in the Rockaways, which is about an hour out of Manhattan on the Atlantic... when you and Riff come out here I will show you it. (It is kinda interesting as you can see the skyscrapers of Manhattan far off in the distance).


Stacey's Treasures said...

I loved that trip to the beach with you!
Thanks for taking us along.