Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dogs at the beach: A great Oregon trip (with seals!)

Liam and Sinead at the beach

If these dogs could write, the first thing they'd do is tap out a love letter to the Oregon coast. At least twice each year, these guys hop into the car with me and we head somewhere over to some seaside destination. They've loved every trip we've taken, but this particular trip had a few special moments I'm sure the dogs (well, maybe me more than the dogs) will always remember.

This week, we started our trip in Gearhart. It's a smaller-sized town known for golfing, and while it has a lovely beach, it's not terribly popular with vacationers. As a result, walks on this beach are amazing for dogs, as there's simply no one else around to bother them.

Liam and Sinead at the beach

This photo was taken at about 11am, and you'll notice that there's only one person in the background of this entire shot. The weather was gorgeous, without a lot of either wind nor rain, but there were just no other people around. That meant both these guys got some off-leash running time in. They just loved that part of the trip.

In our room at the very dog-friendly Gearhart Hotel, we discovered this little gem in the windowsill (I took it outside for a better photo).

This hand-painted beauty is part of the Linn County Rocks program, in which artists in Linn county create rocks and then hide them all over town. Finders can keep the rocks, or they can re-hide them in another location. Since I have business trips to Seattle, Orlando and Austin coming up this fall, I'll have plenty of opportunities to send this guy to a new home. But in the interim, I'll keep it around and enjoy the artistry.

On the way home, we stopped in Seaside to check out the Seaside Aquarium. I've been going to this aquarium since I was a kid, and the main attraction is a group of harbor seals. These guys were *not* formally trained, but they've learned that people who come to the aquarium often buy tiny fish they'll throw to the seals. So each seal has developed a specific set of tricks to use to entice people to throw those fish.

Using a camera in this environment is a little risky, as these seals like to splash people who take too long to hand out the goods. It took me a minute to set the camera up right on a protected window. But the footage is worth the wait.

Going back to the aquarium on subsequent years is really interesting, because the seals seem to change their approaches all the time, depending on what's getting them the most attention and the most fish!

Before we headed for home, we stopped for a few snacks.

Sinead the boston terrier at the bar

And now we're all dreaming of the day that we can go back! On the next trip, we might hit one of our old favorite spots, like Newport or Cannon Beach. Or maybe we'll find a new spot to explore. We'll keep you posted!

Before you go, leave me a comment, okay? And do be sure to check out the other posts in this blog hop. You'll be glad you did!


  1. What an awesome trip! Those seals are amazing! Looks like I've got another trip to add to my bucket list!!!

  2. What a fun time! Those seals are so cool. We think of the beach as one big litter box...all that sand. :)

  3. Sounds like y'all had a lot of fun!

  4. Wow, the video is great! I really liked the little guy in the bottom right corner; especially when he claps. Looks like you had a great time!