Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ocean Shores Flag Day

It is not well known, but Ocean Shores claims to have the largest Flag Day Parade on the West Coast. I suspect lots of places do not have Flag Day parades. However, most of the town turns out. We have bands, parade princesses, and even floats!

Cedarcrest Middle School Marching Band - GO CHARGERS!

Miss Washington Waves to Bystanders

Galway Bay Pub Float in Ocean Shores

Monday, May 18, 2015

Off to Aberdeen

I took my bike on the bus into Aberdeen and Hoquiam. I was AMAZED at the things I saw that people driving through rarely see.

Most People Don't Notice the Railway Bridge as They Cross the Hoquiam River
I Walked my Bike Across the Closed Bridge

Polish Club is on First Street in Aberdeen
This Truck has Seen Better Days - There Were Two More Nearby on State Street in Aberdeen

Carved Gargoyle on State Street in Aberdeen, Near the Safeway

Gargoyle is a Product of "The Whittler"
While Decaying Buildings are Common in Aberdeen, I Don't Recall Seeing This One When Motoring Through

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mostly Locals

The fourth of July is a BIG tourist holiday at Ocean Shores. In “The Ocean ShoresTourist Killer,” the villain wanted to scare the tourists away so he could have a quiet holiday. Still, some events really are not for the tourists, nor do they come for them. One such is the Ocean Shores Yacht Club 4th of July Parade. In it, local residents decorate their pontoon boats and parade up and down Duck Lake. We watched – and waved.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Changing Times

Nuclear Weapon from Wikipedia
From "The Exciting Growth Years of the City of Ocean Shores:"

In 1961, Kennedy was our new President and people were all very nervous about the potential for nuclear war. In that environment came the following news item:

"Ocean Shores was selected for an evacuation area as one of the safest 'fallout' spots in the U.S.A. Grays Harbor Civil Defense, Roger McRea, Director, in September 1961 wrote:

"Due to the location of Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County, it is felt that it is one of the few places in the State of Washington least likely to be affected by fallout from the Seattle-Tacoma and Bremerton target complex...Grays Harbor Civil Defense has chosen this place as an alternate operations site in the event Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Montesano were to become untenable because of nuclear attack..."

Nowadays, instead, we are all afraid of Tsunamis and pay attention to the evacuation routes. Nothing has appeared in the local newspaper recently about atomic weapons and where it'd be safest to be should Armageddon come...

Tsunami Evacuation Route Sign in Ocean Shores

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Our neighbors said it. "West of Nirvana and South of Twilight."

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ready to Roll

Well, we've closed the loan, we think the money to close has been wired, our airplane leaves tomorrow. It's starting to look like we're going to acquire a house - and maybe a gong along with it. Wednesday evening will be the moment of truth.

Actually, today we verified the money transfer had completed, signed the paperwork, and saw the previous owners with a trailer, packing up.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Gold and Gongs

We found a place. Originally noted here, prices are much more reasonable in 2012.Stay tuned because I'd hate to jinx things...