Saturday, July 26, 2014

Farewell Mountains, Hello Seashore

Farewell Mountains,  Hello Seashore

We're continuing on our Washington state tour, but with our beautiful mountains in the rear view mirror.

We're off to the peninsula, going as far south as you can go in Washington and as far west at the same time.  Along the way I see a sign for the only covered bridge in Grays County.  (For those of you that have followed along on this blog, you know of course that I turned down that road in a flash).

I of course, need to fit the truck and trailer through the little opening on the other end of of the bridge.  There was no where to turn before crossing the bridge so we inched through the eye of the bridge.  It was built in 1905 by the Ahlberg family who owned the land on both sides of the Grays River.  The bridge was covered in 1906 because the wooden bridge was to slick for livestock to cross safely.

We fit through the covered bridge and there was a small parking lot to turn around on the other side.

On we drove on to Ocean Park to visit a long time friend who lives on the Peninsula north of Long Beach.  We have been friends for forty years and it is always wonderful to spend some time with her.  The weather as been on again off again but we certainly fill in the rainy moments with lots of chatter and beach walks.

This is the first year we have been here for Sandsations, a sand carving contest..  The day of the contest a beautiful blue irridecent shell washed up on shore .

We braved the crowds and made a visit to Long Beach the day of the contest to watch the progress. 

 There were some expert carvers

 There were some expert carvers and some novices just out for a fun day at the beach.


The blue shells made there way into a few of the sand creations as water.

Dug out pools made great places for the kiddos to splash and swim.


Yummy ice cream at the best place on the Peninsula

make it a perfect day,


  1. We must be close! We're at the Quinault Beach Casino near Ocean Shores until Monday, then on to South Beach in Olympic NP. Maybe we will cross paths soon.

  2. I love going to the ocean . . . as you get within a few miles of it and you start smelling the salt air . . . it is like the fountain of young. This 68 year old gal turns 14 again, LOL
    I am so happy that you are having such a wonderful trip . . . and it is very nice that you take the time to share it with us. Thank you.
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

  3. I'm with Hailey. I love the ocean too. I'm intrigued by the blue shells. What are they and where did they come from? What fabulous sand sculptures. Lucky you guys to be there to see them.

  4. Love the sand sculptures how creative. I can made sculptures with plastic buckets LOL.

    I haven't seen the beach in about 30 yrs. Enjoy it for me too.

  5. As it turns out, they are not a shell at all, but an are vellella vellella, commonly known as “by-the-wind sailor,” a hydroid polyp, which is a jelly-like invertebrate. They live most of their lives on the surface of the Pacific Ocean and can be blown by storms on two shore where they are heaped up in the sand until they dry out and fade from their blue color and dry out.