Saturday, January 12, 2013

January on the Oregon Coast

by Marcy Singer, from Thread on Arrival by Amanda Lee

There's always something to do at the beach, and winter is no exception. For example, today at Port Orford Library, you could take a whale watching training session. Trainees learn to find and identify whales along the coast and volunteer to point them out on whale watching excursions.

Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon, has a "Feed the Seals" program you might enjoy. Pictured is Frankie, a harbor seal, who has apparently staked a claim to the large rock in the center of the tank. How cute is she?

If you're in Lincoln City, you might want to try to become one of the Finders Keepers on the Beach. Each day between mid-October and Memorial Day (weather and ocean conditions permitting), artists place handcrafted glass floats on the seven-and-a-half-mile stretch of public beach along Lincoln City. If you find a float, you may take it to the Vistor's Center to receive a certificate of authenticity and information on the artist who crafted the float. On New Year's Day, three huge floats (nine inches in diameter) were hidden. I wonder who the lucky finders of those floats were.

So what do you do for fun in January?


  1. Well, when it's 70 like it is today, I gleefully turn off the heat! Oh, you mean normal weather. I suppose hot chocolate with marshmallows and cookies don't count as winter fun?

    ~ Sophie

  2. It seems like the perfect time of year for staying inside and quilting, but today's so warm, I've just come back from a walk along Threadville's stretch of Lake Erie beach. I found some rough-sanded beach glass...

  3. I love this time of year in Northern California, the tourists are gone and the weather is perfect for being outside.The beaches have lots of treasures to see and the waves are big. I take photography trips to see Big Sur, Monterey and Carmel to walk, sightsee, eat and relax. I just got back and also saw many seals along the way.

  4. Right now I'm trying to get cool. It is unbelievably hot here in QLD.

  5. So far, getting better is all I have the energy for. But it is freezing here, and the sun is finally shining so perhaps I'll go for a tiny walk this afternoon.