Sisterhood of the Traveling Books (Episode 8)

The rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast is about as far from Bikini Beach as you can get. And it’s my kind of scene.

Heceta Head Lighthouse.

The Captain visits Heceta Head

Here people wear grubby, comfortable clothes and do ‘normal’ beach stuff. We examine tide pools and climb on rocks and on wrecks of ships. And if it’s not drizzling, in the evening we build bonfires on the sand.

This is SO not the So Cal beach of my childhood! Body surfing? Um, no. Sneaker waves, a vicious undertow, floating logs, and frigid water discourage all but the most dedicated swimmer. Tanning? Only if there is enough warmth and sunshine. Most keep their jackets on and, like beachcombers, stroll the deserted shoreline searching for treasures.

After lunch, it’s time to find a comfortable log and settle in with a book. For me, summer reading means tucking in my Kindle. It saves pounds in the suitcase, for I must bring a stack of books, right? Who knows what favorite I’ll be in the mood for? Today, it’s Susan Kaye’s Frederick Wentworth, Captain.

Varied weather, varied  terrain, always lovely

Ah, Oregon. Varied weather, varied terrain, always captivating

And it wouldn't be Oregon without trees.

And it wouldn’t be the Pacific Northwest without the magnificent trees.


10 thoughts on “Sisterhood of the Traveling Books (Episode 8)

    1. Laura Hile Post author

      After a trip like this, it’s a bit of a chore to deal with all the photographs. There’s so much to capture on film—and who can see that digital screen? The temptation is that yet *one more shot* will capture the magical lighting or the majesty of the scene. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures, Gayle.


  1. Robin Helm

    Sounds like my kind of beach. If you explore the beach without getting in the water, there’s no chance of being eaten by sharks or bitten by barracuda or stung by jellyfish.

    I love grubby.


    1. Laura Hile Post author

      The hazards come if you venture in to swim.

      There are some who enjoy coming during winter to watch the storms. A dream of mine is to have a small house at the coast, snug as a bug, from which I could gaze at the sea (in all kinds of weather) and write. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Susan Kaye

    Frederick loves the beach, from the water I suppose. And I’m sure he’s fine with keeping his clothes on. No sense having all that gold braid just to shuck it off in favor of a flimsy bathing suit. Thanks for taking him along, Laura.


    1. Laura Hile Post author

      Clothes that fit well are preferable, yes. Love the uniform, oh yes. There’s no dignity in showing skin, even when the fellow is fabulously fit.

      I’ve been shopping with Mom this morning and am feeling rather anti-skin. Sleeveless and short are everywhere in stores and look darling on a size 1 mannequin. On a women of my age (or on anyone with moving flesh), not so much. Three-quarter-length sleeves look SO much better, at least on me!

      Now that I have a daughter-in-law, I look at adorable clothes and see Jessica wearing them. As you probably see Emily. You won’t catch me wearing shorts and a tank top. Then again, you won’t catch me running a marathon either. Jessica does both, bless her.



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