There and Back Again: Long Beach, WA

So Stephen and I went on another road trip. A day trip really, just three hours up to Long Beach, WA and back again.

Now, this trip wasn’t as spontaneous and unplanned as Disneyland was and not as organized as Seattle was. But we did go with certain intentions. Mostly to go horseback riding on the beach. Also, to visit a fun beach town.

Of course, like any Washington beach, it’s cloudy and overcast. All day, in an obbressive, sun-can-never-break-through sort of cloudy. Until about five minutes after we leave, when the sun breaks through the clouds to the Hallelujah chorus.


We left around 9am, skipping traffic in the Portland area and drove windy I-26 west. There are lots and lots of trees. If we didn’t know any better, we said could be driving the same five miles over and over and over and never know the difference. But we finally arrived in Long Beach, to a cloudy sky and a brisk (what Pooh-Bear would call a WINDsday) day.

We first had lunch at this adorable, delicious place called Castaways Seafood Grille, where we had probably the best calamari of my life, plus the best clam chowder on the West coast. No lie. Add fish n’chips to the mix (and yes, we know we were copying what we ate in Seattle…what can we say? Turning down fish n’chips just seems wrong) and it was a fantastic meal.

Little Long Beach is pretty adorable for a beach town. There’s a candy store with the World’s Biggest Gummy Bear and a 27lbs gummy snake (ew…). There’s an arcade, a kite store, a couple dive bars, an organic shop and Scoopers.

Ah Scoopers. The first time I went to Scoopers, I was a pimply adolescent with braces who just wanted ice cream and to finish reading her book, thank you very much. I was fifteen or sixteen and visiting a family friend in Rosburg. On a lark we went to Long Beach for ice cream and to see the kite festival on the beach. And trust me, Scoopers has some of the best ice cream in the state. I had one scoop of S’mores, and Stephen got a double scoop of Salted Caramel and Huckleberry Cheesecake. YUM.

We attempted beach-walking a bit, running in the sand and chasing seagulls. We had a whole flock of seagulls soar over us at one point, which was an incredible sight to see.

And then we went horseback riding, which I already detailed last week. But seriously guys, it was incredible. Next time it’ll be on my own horse, with people I actually like. And hopefully sunny.

We finished off the day with a picnic dinner (complete with a rose wine) on the beach, bracing ourselves against the wind and shivering slightly. Still fun though.

And unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures. We slacked. We were having too much fun wandering around, talking and eating. Ah well.


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