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... Zach really enjoyed it, too!
Afterwards, we drove around downtown Seaside searching for a parking spot, finally found one, and then went into the little Seaside Aquarium to check out the Sea Lions and other salt water species.
We also checked out the little "mall" in downtown Seaside - enjoying our day to ourselves!
... might become the cover for my trip book. Many thanks to this unknown creative person!
Back to the hotel to change shoes and clean the sand out between my toes, and we are driving towards Tillamook on U.S. 101. Roberta, Dan and Steve and I met up with Tom and Patti Soens from Portland who were just down the road at ...
... for that. The fish n chips were pretty good too.
Heading home, stopped to have a look at markets in IIwaco. (fishing port)
A lot of fishing both recreational and industrial goes on around here from the mouth of the Columbia River. We saw hundreds of small boats (keen fishoes) out on the water as we drove over the bridge, never seen so many fishoes in one place, nearly on top of one ...
... beds in Willapa Bay. Once discovered, the oyster fishery grew rapidly. Oysters from this bay were wildly popular during the California Gold Rush in the mid 19th century; back then a plate of fresh Willapa oysters cost as much as $50 dollars in San Francisco (which works out to several thousand dollars in modern inflated greenbacks).
... a big bowl of steamer clams - yum - and the guys had the combination plate, which had every kind of seafood you could imagine.
As we were leaving, one of my new friends waved goodbye. So I waved back at him. Poor guy in front of him thought I was waving at him so he waved back...he's probably still trying to explain to his wife (who didn't look very pleased!) Kind of reminded me of our trip to Mexico, Giselle & Esther:)
Anyway - back at the MH now, ...