Oregon Coast

By Guin, Ursula K. Le | Sunset, May 1998 | Go to article overview

Oregon Coast


Guin, Ursula K. Le, Sunset


On the beaches of northern Oregon, we don't wear bikinis and loll in the sun. We wear yellow slickers, like a cross between Darth Vader and a giant canary, and we scuttle.

The north Oregon coast is right for Oregonians, but different Oregonians like different parts. There are foggy parts, where day can be told from night by a vague brightening of the upper part of the vast absence of anything. There are the windy parts, like the Nehalem Spit, where if you stay long you get polished like a rock in a rock-tumbler. There are the trendy parts, like Manzanita, where the height of style used to be a front-yard truck tire painted blue and planted with petunias, but now it's all houses the size of WalMarts looming around a golf course. There are the popular parts, like Cannon Beach, where the beach is so huge that from the dunes 20,000 people on Sand Castle Day look like a little mob of gulls attacking a dead crab. …

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