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By Karen Huwe
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The Oregon Coast

Out and About: With Karen Huwe


Karen Huwe

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.

A place where doing nothing is doing something.

On the Oregon Coast, it is said that doing nothing is doing something. Yet how do you find time to do nothing when there is so much to see and do?  There are many miles of beach to walk, places to bicycle and places of interest such as the 164 steps up to the top of the 125 feet high Astoria Column where you get a panorama view of the valley.

For the history buffs, you can visit Fort Stevens and Fort Clatsop Historical Parks or tour the Maritime Museum.

In Hammond, the ship Peter Iredale, has been beached since running aground in 1906. Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach is a favorite of beachgoers, especially at low tide.

Seaside offers plenty of shops and kids of all ages love to ride the carousel. You can spend time flying a kite or building sandcastles. Some brave the cold to surf and it's a great place to dig for clams. There are great restaurants to eat fresh seafood; especially in Depoe Bay where crab melts are a favorite of a local businessman I know. 

A trip to the Oregon Coast would not be complete without stopping to get ice cream at Tillamook Creamery-Cheese Factory where you can also watch the process of making and packaging cheese.

Sitting on the beach enjoying the sunset while the waves crash over the rocks might be considered doing nothing, but it feels like something.

A lot of people in our area consider the coast their "happy place".  If you haven't been to the Oregon Coast, go see for yourself how much there is to do while doing nothing.


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