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Saturday, July 05, 2014

update: Body of girl washed out to sea found during beach cleanup this morning.

Very sad day for locals who were cleaning up the beach debris the morning after the fireworks.  The body of 11 yr old Lindsay Mustread was found about a mile south of where she disappeared on Thursday while playing in the surf.

The story is here.  A candlelight vigil has been set for tonight at her school in Chimacum, Washington. Please parents - do NOT let your children play in our surf.  The riptides are very dangerous!  Even as rescue efforts were underway - parents were allowing their children to frolic in the surf.  So dangerous!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Boy rescued, but sister lost. Local editorial photographer has the story.

Damian Mulinix was on the scene.  His powerful photos capture the tragic story.
Click HERE to be taken to his blog.

Search called off for little girl missing in Long Beach, WA surf. Brother rescued.

As the sun set last night, we could see the U.S. Coast Guard rescue effort still underway.  The brother was rescued, they are looking for the little girl's body.  So very sad.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Local whale sighting!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friends, then sisters.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Let them eat cake!

Cottage Bakery of Long Beach, WA delivered the perfect cake - and I put the topper and florals on. Love having the Mayor of Long Beach deliver the cake and he made sure we tied up the dog while at the church!! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I love how the signs and our old surrey turned out!

Inside the Chapel at Middle Village - Station Camp

Even the photos inside the chapel are scrumptious!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Midsummer Wedding

Our youngest daughter was married here in Seaview last weekend. We hosted the festivities at our home - including a Gatsby themed 'Seaview Speakeasy' welcome party/rehearsal dinner and cocktails/dinner reception after the ceremony at St. Mary's McGowan Church. The Bride & Groom (both medical residents in Cleveland, Ohio), along with his family and friends, traveled out from Ohio to join longtime friends and family at our home at the SW Washington beach.

Sweetlife Photography was here all weekend to capture the events.  Family, friends and neighbors spent weeks working on all aspects of the wedding - from cleaning and painting the house - to making boutonnieres and spreading gravel on the driveway. We did all the florals, the bride made all the signs, our other daughter made the bouquets and we consumed bushels of fresh oysters, salmon, cake, lots of yummy food, local beer, wine, and local spirits!

Jake and Anna Tenney of Sweetlife Photography are fantastic people. It was a pleasure to have them here with us. Below is a quick sneak peek of all the photos yet to come. You can click on the photo links to view on their Facebook page. Stay tuned and enjoy!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

125th Anniversary of the first run of the Clamshell Railroad!

On July 19, 1888 - the little narrow gauge railroad, IR&N, took the first run.

Download the Clamshell Railroad Driving Tour HERE at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum site. 

Clamshell Railroad Days

(Our home is located on the original Stout Hotel grounds and across the street from Seaview's Depot. Our home was built in 1905 after the Hotel burnt down. The Depot was built the same summer as our home by Charles Beaver.  The lumber was likely on the same load as used for building our home.)

The Peninsula’s beloved narrow-gauge railroad made its last run in September 1930, but many in Seaview and the other towns on the line still celebrate our train with Clamshell Railroad Days in July.

Seaview’s popularity as a vacation site began in the 1870s when families would arrive by horseback, wagon, stagecoach and steamer to camp in the Willows, north of Cape Disappointment. The transition of Seaview from campground to resort is credited to Jonathon L. Stout who is believed to have come to the Peninsula as a barrel maker from Ohio in 1859. He married Ann Elizabeth Gearhart, daughter of Oregon’s Phillip Gearhart in 1860. He was postmaster of Ilwaco, operated a liquor store and stagecoach line. They homesteaded 153.5 acres near the Willows in 1880 to create a summer retreat that was registered as “Sea View” at the Oysterville courthouse in 1881. 

Lewis Alfred Loomis, one of the Peninsula’s founding fathers secured a mail contract between Astoria, Oregon and Olympia, the capital of Washington. The slowness of the stage line used, convinced Loomis that he should build a railroad to handle his business. Construction of his railroad, the Ilwaco Railroad and Navigation Co., began in March 1888 at the Ilwaco wharf, which was the central place of its business. Steamers could only reach the wharf after the tide was in mid-flood. So train departures were successively later over a month’s time. It is likely that the Ilwaco line was the only organized railroad to operate by a tide table, thus its nickname, the “Clamshell Railroad.”

The system’s first depot was built in Ilwaco not far from the wharf. Frank Strauhal, a summer camper, purchased Stout’s store and bathhouse in Seaview. He offered the railroad a lot, if a depot was erected on it. The line accepted and thus a wooden platform shed was built as a train stop on the current Seaview Depot site. The railroad reached Long Beach by July 1888. Track laying continued at a leisurely pace terminating at Nahcotta, 13 and a half miles north of Ilwaco.

In addition to the mail contract, passenger business and freight helped the railroad prosper. Over a thousand sacks of oysters were transported each week from Nahcotta to Ilwaco. From Ilwaco they were carried by the General Canby to Astoria for shipment to market in San Francisco. The freight charge from Nahcotta to Astoria was seventy-five cents a sack. Thursday was oyster day. Citizens with business in Astoria generally avoided that day.

In 1900, Loomis retired selling to a subsidiary of Union Pacific, the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company. Equipment was immediately improved and train crews were required to wear uniforms. At a 1904 Directors’ meeting the construction of a regular depot to replace the platform shed at Seaview was authorized. The railroad continued in operation until Sept. 10, 1930, when car ferries and highways brought most of us here.

Copied from Chinook Oberserver.2004 and courtesy of The Depot restaurant.
Sources: Raymond J. Feagans, “The Railroad That Ran by the Tide”; Thomas E. Jessett, “Ilwaco Railroad”; Lucile McDonald, “Coast Country.”

originally posted on July 15, 2005

Friday, July 12, 2013

Chasing Seagulls in the Marine Mist

We have a little grand-puppy frenchie who is almost 2 years old now.  She loves spending time on the beach - stalking and chasing the seagulls.  

 We keep her on a leash - because she will run and jump into the water chasing the birds.  There is a strong rip-tide here and a little frenchie is no match for the current - or vehicles driving along the beach.

North Head Lighthouse Celebration

photo credit 

The North Head Lighthouse recently celebrated the 115th Anniversary with an extra special event honoring the official ownership transfer from the US Coast Guard to Washington State Parks.
After listening to the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band and various dignitaries speak about the history of the Lighthouse - we all walked from the Lighthouse Keepers homes to the Lighthouse bluff. 

 A few years ago, local volunteers formed a non-profit to help with restoration efforts of our Lighthouse.

You can help by volunteering or becoming a member here. 

They also have a Facebook page with all the info.  Be sure to LIKE their page.
Now the badly needed restoration work can begin... but it is a big job.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Beards Hollow

We took a little bike ride along the Discovery Trail - down to Beards Hollow parking lot and back.  This was the lovely view tonight.

Beards Hollow is named after a Sea Captain who perished in 1805.
On November 15, 1805, Captain Lewis reached the Pacific Ocean near Beards Hollow. Beards Hollow was named after Captain E.N. Beard whose ship, the bark Vandalia, met disaster off the mouth of the Columbia River in 1853. The crew was lost and Captain Beard's body was found on the beach near the hollow.
More info can be found here.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Celebrating a friend's birthday

Out over the Nahcotta Tidelands - closer to Oysterville

Friends raked up 100 pounds of fresh steamers.
The sun set and we ate a Clam Bake - NW Style

Fresh caught King Salmon on a Cedar Plank.

Yummy home made carrot Birthday Cake with edible flowers!

Koi Pond Envy.