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Oregon: A Trip To Lincoln City Beach

I’ve always been an ocean worshiper. There’s something about that vast expanse of water and waves that just feels, on an almost elemental level, like home to me.

Perhaps that’s because millions of years ago, our distant ancestors first evolved there and only later crawled up on land. Perhaps that’s because for ancient humans, the ocean always meant an abundant food source was nearby.

Or perhaps that’s just because the ocean is, well, cool.

Waves hit mussel-covered rocks on the Oregon shore

Since college I’ve done this sort of goofy thing, paying respect to that elemental force, by pouring libation to Poseidon whenever I get to the coast.

And that grounding energy that comes from the ocean is part of the reason I moved here.

Several years ago, I got a reward back from Poseidon for my respect to that force.

I was in San Diego, covering a conference, and I sneaked out onto some rocks in the harbor by the city to give Poseidon his due — a little red wine. Visitors aren’t supposed to go out on those rocks, but I couldn’t reach the water without risking it.

As I poured the wine and looked around, I suddenly noticed hundreds of brightly colored crabs surrounding me — they had crawled up on the rocks and were just everywhere.

It was so fundamentally cool, sort of like the ocean recognized my worship of it and encouraged me to continue.

Water creeps up on shore between rocks at Lincoln City Beach

Flash forward 12 or so years, and I’m still pouring libation.

Do I think Poseidon is a real guy that’s going to bless me or something? Probably not. But I do believe in paying respect to the idea of him, or to whatever it is that the water brings out in me.

Sunday was my first beach trip since I moved to Portland about two weeks ago. My friend Leo, his wife Korie and their son Max were nice enough to bring me with them to one of their favorite spots, Lincoln City Beach.

It’s a rocky beach, great for agate hunting and for finding interesting creatures in tide pools. Walk a little bit in either direction, and you get back to normal sand without much rock.

But the rocks are a great attraction — teeming with all sorts of life, including this crab that ended up being quite the unwilling tourist attraction for the day:

Leo holds up his new friend

Being the sarcastic carnivore that I am, I couldn’t help but look at this guy and think about eating him for dinner — perhaps with some of the mussels that covered the nearby rocks.

Mussel coated rocks at Lincoln City Beach

Should I feel bad about seeing these wonders of nature and thinking they’d be tasty? I don’t really. I eat things like them all the time. It just brings home the reality that we, most of us anyway, have to kill other animals so that we can live healthy lives.

It was also great fun to watch 5-year-old Max playing in the waves — doing what kids do best: Enjoying the day with a completely Zen-like ecstasy:

It was an unusually sunny day, which kept the sand warm so that after playing in the freezing water Max could be properly insulated by his Mom:

Korie tucked Max into a blanket of sand

The other cool thing about this beach is that you can drive right up onto the shore with all your beach equipment.

Visitors park on the sand at Lincoln City Beach

Of course, it’s a pretty steep ride and you risk getting stuck if you come down in the wrong vehicle.

But watching people do that is part of the mischievous fun of this particular beach.

This guy looks like he's just asking for trouble

Fortunately the beach-goes are also pretty friendly and known to help the inevitable few that do get stuck in the sand.

So, with the salt air in my lungs and my body still tired — but in a good exercise kind of way — I have to say it was a just a wonderful day.

I’ll leave you with my favorite shot of Max and one last video of watching the waves. But don’t worry, there will be plenty more beach trips to come. I promise.

Max, checking out a tide pool



May 10, 2010 - Posted by | Musings, Portland | , ,


  1. I think driving on the beach, with your vehicle dripping petroleum products like the very poisonous ethylene glycol from the radiator, the abestos from the breaks, dirty engine oil etc. to be wonderful too!

    Comment by Mr. Green Jeans | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. Oh, then you have children buried in the poisonous stuff! Even better!

    Comment by Mr. Green Jeans | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. And — you can eat shellfish that have been bathing in it. Yum…

    Comment by SueVo | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  4. Hi Sue!
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Lincoln Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Comment by Jane | June 28, 2013 | Reply

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