Long Beach, Hot Rods, Oysterville, Cape Disappointment and Waikiki

What do these have in common? Everything! We took them all in on our recent trip to Long Beach.

No matter how many times we visit the Long Beach Peninsula on Washington’s coast, there’s always something new to discover along with the old favorites. Isn’t that the beauty of travel?

For starters, there were the classic cars cruising up and down Long Beach’s main street, while folks pulled up chairs by the side of the road to watch them go by. It was Rod Run to the end of the World, a popular event in the Northwest for vintage car enthusiasts, one we’d never heard of. Everywhere we went we saw them and gawked.

(Click on the pictures in the galleries to enlarge them.)

We made the short drive up the Peninsula to Oysterville, where homes date back to the Civil War. (Too bad we don’t eat oysters.)

We walked the boardwalk along the beach in the morning and evening,

and rode our bicycles in the afternoon on the Discovery Trail.

We’ve done that before but this time we rode all the way up to the North Head lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park – thank goodness for battery powered bikes. There we learned North Head is one of the windiest places in the United States. The Weather Bureau operated a station here from 1902 – 1955 transmitting storm warnings and Columbia River bar observations. There’s also a WW2 bunker where soldiers stationed at Fort Canby watched both the weather and for enemies. Who knew?

We made another discovery at Cape Disappointment later – Waikiki Beach. No not that one – this beach sits between the North Jetty and the Cape and is popular for storm watching.

Photographers come here during the wild weather, hoping to catch the giant waves crashing in front of the lighthouse. I’ve seen their pictures, they’re marvelous. I’d like to return and try that myself someday.

And no trip to Long Beach is complete without catching sunset. Or, as it turns out, moonrise.

We arrived at the beach after dinner just as the clouds rolled in. The sunset a bit disappointing –

except for the pelicans.

But as we turned to go back into town, we saw the moon rising over the dunes.

You may remember I shared a few photos in an earlier post, while still on the road.

Here’s a few more.

That’s enough of Long Beach for now. I’ll save Astoria, just across the river, for another time.

~ Susanne

30 Comments on “Long Beach, Hot Rods, Oysterville, Cape Disappointment and Waikiki

  1. Wow ❗️ Thanks for sharing these photos. They bring back memories. I was last last there in 1989 for the Washington State International Kite Festival 😎

  2. I love those first two 1950s cars, and I would definitely have tried some oysters in Oysterville.
    Great selection of photos, Susanne.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks. Pete! We had a great time. And It was so fun to see all those classic cars cruising the streets. I never have liked oysters but if I did this was definitely the place to have them. 😊

  3. All looks amazing! I like the look of Oysterville (but no oysters for me either, thank you!) and Cape Disappointment looks just my sort of coastline πŸ˜€

  4. Gorgeous photos – and such an undeveloped coast, considering that Oregon is much different….however, one big big issue – you don’t eat Oysters?!?!?!?!?! They are incredible!

    • Thanks. John. It is different from the Oregon Coast, sleepy and so authentic! We love visiting the area! I never have liked oysters though I’ve tried them before. Just can’t get over the texture!

      • Understood but we LOVE them! Fried, Stewed and of course, slurped raw! Completely agree on the coastal differences and for that I am happy…Oregon is very crowded!

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