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Seaway Dance Hall at Copalis Beach Rocked Out
By Wm. May
Published: 03/01/17 Topics: Comments: -
Just West of the Green Lantern Tavern in Copalis Beach Washington State is a very strange looking building where Rock and Roll reigned supreme in the 1960's.
Hundreds of thousands of Quonset huts were produced by the U.S. Military in World War Two,These prefabricated structures of galvanized steel were semicircular cross-selection looked like half of barrel looking upside down on the ground.
After the war, Quonset huts were sold as surplus to the public and a very large version ended up along side the road by the Pacific ocean where enterprising music lovers decided it would be a perfect venue for the hoards of teenagers who came to the beach each weekend.
Dubbed the Seaway Dance Hall, many young rock bands got their first serious gigs there and my group "The District Five" was one of them.
At the age of 15, we were made to feel like stars as the walls of the hut seemed to pulse and swell by guitar amps played far too loud and dancers who jumped, and yelled and screamed. We played a little better, played a little longer and glowed with the acceptance the crowds gave us as we were starting our musical careers.
Bigger name bands from Washington State and the Northwest also appeared including names that may be unfamiliar except by those who haunted the Seaway all summer long.
Bands like - The Beachcombers, Little Bill & The Bluenotes, The Candidos, The Chaotics (Sumner), The Chessmen, Dennis Wayne and the Cole Jets, The Epics, The Frantics, The Galaxies, The Intricates, Noblemen, Cymantha McGugin & The Cherry Frost , The Titans.
The Seaway also showed movies during the slow season, but the wise owner had put the chairs onto risers which could be rolled out of the building to clear the floor for dances which were only held in the months of June, July and August.
Today the building sits dark and quiet just waiting for a new generate of music lovers to rediscover what great music, salt air and a bunch of fun loving people can do to transform a humble quonset hut into a musical manson, at least for a while.
Wm. May – Beach Lover
Grayland Open - Jet Ski Surf Freeride Competition
By William may
Published: 06/01/16 Topics: Sports, Westport WA Comments: -
The world-class "Grayland Open" free style Jet-ski competition is again scheduled for August , this year it is scheduled for August 11th through the 14th. All competitors, volunteers, and spectators are welcome. Lodging is still available at BeachyDay.com Vacation Rentals.
This is an awesome event that you don't want to miss. There is no charge for watching the spectacle that includes serious aerial action at the beach. Some of the top riders in the world will be there throwing down some amazing maneuvers. Back flips, barrel rolls, precision surf riding and moto surf racing are just some of what can be expected all weekend.
The event sets up on Wednesday August 10th, with a Freeride clinic on Thursday, followed by water training in small groups. There will be an evening hang-out at Cranberry Winery & Bog Water Brewery in Westport.
Competitions starts on Friday at 10:30am. Main competition is Saturday and finals on Sunday for all classes. Competitors and spectators will recap the day at a bonfire on the beach.
The freeride competition is a tournament style head-to-head timed event that is marked with 14 foot tall red flags on the beach. Every ride gets a minimum of 2 heats and possibly more, depending on where they end up in the bracketing.
There is a $60 fee per class entered. The Stand-up Classes include masters (40 years and older), Rookies (Beginner surf only), Amateur (Main event surf and air), Pro - for the big ballers.
Runabout Classes are Sport Class (Sit down waveblaster and spark)
Pro Jam - After competition is over, the top 8 riders will have a 15 minimum heat all at once, to go as big and crazy as they can, to win over the judges and be crowned King of the Pro Jam!. No entry fee for those invited.
Special awards for Gnarliest Wipeout, Broken Ski, Sickest Trick and Pro Jam.
There will be food to feast on. Music will be playing and, if you buy a few raffle tickets, you might just get some goodies to take home with you. There are custom designed event t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as posters available at the main booth while supplies last. Bring your family, a lawn chair, a camera and enjoy the free entertainment.
Attendees are asked to respect the beach. Rules are governed by the State Parks Department and are in effect during the event. Everything packed in should be packed out. Help minimize the impact on the Grayland beach. Avoid soft beach areas with your vehicles as a tow can be very costly. Park clear of the ribboned off area and leave room for cars to get through.
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DETAILS: This event is held each year and organized by Westcoast Surf Riders. It is sponsored by these great organizations at Grayland-Open.com. Lodging is available at BeachyDay.com Vacation Rentals.
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24 Miles of Canals at Ocean Shores
By William May
Published: 01/22/16 Topics: Ocean Shores WA Comments: -
I know you’ve heard places referred to as the Venice of the north or the Venice of where ever but in the case of Ocean Shores, the comparison is apt. Here me out before you accuse me of hyperbole: when they were building a town out of this sand bar, they built in 24 miles of of canals!
That’s 24 miles of canals in a town with a population of less than 6,000. There might be more miles of canals than roads downtown. So it’s not trite to call Ocean Shores the Venice of the West Coast.
Unlike Venice though, these canals aren’t crowded with oil slicks and boats! They’re slow moving pristine fresh water, despite the whole town being a peninsula between the ocean and a saltwater bay. That means you can tucker yourself on the ocean beach, either riding horses in the salty spray, or flying kites in the sand, and then the next day relax in a canoe for a mellow day on the canals.
Where did this canals come from? Well up until the 60’s there wasn’t much going on in Ocean Shores. Some farms and ranches here and there, mostly people that thought their ocean beach was the best kept secret in the world.
Soon or later, word got out about the seemingly endless dunes and beaches on the Washington coast, and the tourists came. Somebody had the bright idea of building world class nightclubs, and all of a sudden, the Hollywood jet set was partying it up in Ocean Shores!
But none of this has anything to do with the canals right? Well when you’re catering to celebrities that have been to all the fanciest places in the world, you’ve got to class the joint up a bit! Canals it was then, surely using Venice as the inspiration. But unlike Venice, Ocean Shores has roads too, so you don’t have to abide a nasally Italian tenor.
The canal system is centered around Duke Lake, which is a big long green body of water running north to south the whole length of the town. The Grand Canal runs parallel to Duke Lake, and many tributary canals flood out in all directions from the Grand Canal, with each smaller canal being the focal point of a residential cul-de-sac.
Don’t forget then, that even though the town is appropriately named Ocean Shores, and there is tons to do on the ocean beach, there is plenty to do on the bucolic Ocean Shores canals.
Oyhut Bay Vacation Rentals
By Taylor May
Published: 01/12/16 Topics: Comments: -
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Clammers Rejoice! Christmas Present from Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
By William May
Published: 12/16/15 Topics: Fishing Comments: -
Pardon the triteness, but, a Christmas miracle is in the works! Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife may allow Razor Clamming on Copalis beach during the Christmas holiday.
The announcement came last Friday after Copalis passed two successive rounds of marine toxin testing. A final test late this week will finalize the decision. If the go-ahead comes, clamming will be allowed during the evening tide on December 24th, 25th, and 26th.
Recently, naturally accruing algae has produced marine toxins which make the consumption of Razor Clams unsafe. These toxins are still present in other ocean beaches, which resultantly, will not be open for clamming.
The recent Razor Clamming restriction is yet another chapter in this years continuing story of unsafe algae toxin levels. The 2015 algae bloom is the largest in over a decade, and has produced incredibly high levels of domoic acid. Shellfish can accumulate high concentrations of this acid during filter feeding. If ingested by humans, this neurotoxin can result in brain damage, and even death.
While that sounds bad, levels have been trending down lately, and so clammers are anxious to get back to the beaches and make up lost ground. Last year was a bumper season with almost 400,000 digger trips, and the harvest of almost 5.5 million clams according to the Department of Fish & Wildlife
If you’re crossing your fingers for some Razor Clam stocking suffers, make sure you know the main rules: each clammer may only take the first 15 clams their dig, and clammers older than 15 must have a 2015-2016 fishing license.
William May – Reporter
State Gives Razor Clams the Boot
By William May
Published: 05/18/15 Topics: Fishing, Government, Ocean Shores WA Comments: -
And just like that it was over.
This has been one of the best razor clam digging seasons in years. But Washington State Department of Fish & Wifelife giveth and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife taketh away.
Today state shellfish managers announced, "Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels."
The result in cancellation of the two openings that were tentatively scheduled to start May 15 and May 22.
The culprit is domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae. This is bad stuff which can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. The Clams absorb the acid in their fat cells and can retain it even after the ocean is free of the stuff.
So if you dug any clams and froze, bottled or canned them it is now time to toss those critters in the trash and write it off to bad luck.
But there is good news. The phenomenon of domoic acid is nothing unusual. Clams have been going through this cycle forever. The waters will clear and razor clamming will resume again this autumn.
Until then we'll just have it switch over to greasy hamburgers and deep fried fish. Is it no wonder we all love Razors?
William May – Razor Clammer
Velella Velella Attack Ocean Shores
By William May
Published: 04/15/15 Topics: Ocean Shores WA Comments: -
With the unseasonably warm weather, people are not the only creatures trekking to Ocean Shores Washington.
The aptly named Velella Velella jelly fish have been washing up by the millions on West Coast Beaches.
"They do look messy," said Jackie Martin, a property manager at By the Sea Vacation Rentals, "The last time we saw these was six years ago and they washed away fairly closely."
The warmer temperatures causes the creatures to migrate closer to the land and in the millions. When the wind blows in a certain direction, the jelly fish are blown off course and up onto the beach.
As small cnidarians, Velella Velella are members of a an ocean surface community that includes the better-known cnidarian siphonophore, the Portuguese man o' war. Each individual is about 7 cm long, usually deep blue in color with a small stiff sail that catches the wind and propels them on the surface of the sea.
Velella Velella are carnivorous little guys, catching plankton in their tentacles that hand down in the water They are not poisonous, and they do not have a sting.
Says Martin, "They can be handled with out any problem, but people should wash their hands after touching them."
The wind and high tides may wash them right off the beach, or they could be in evidence for months all the way into summer.
Welcome to the New OceanShores.com
By William May
Published: 04/01/15 Topics: Ocean Shores WA, Vacation, Vacation Rentals Comments: -
Since 1996, OceanShores.com has been the center of everything about the city of Ocean Shores and the North Beaches of Washington State. Now it is getting bigger better, and faster.
Operated by Plumbob Publishing this new revamped website pledges to find and publish everything that every visitor and resident wants to know about the area. Lodging, restaurants, activities, shopping and more.
From the tip of Damon point in south Ocean shores to the cute Quinault tribal village of Taholah, every corner is covered including Ocean City, Copalis Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Even relevant news from Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Montesano and even Westport,Grayland and Tokeland will make its way here.
Businesses can publish full descriptions, photos, videos, special offers and news.
Visitors can search for places to stay, where to eat and shop and how to have a splendid time at one of the countries most scenic and enjoyable getaway locations..
For extra help, guests can call our toll free number open 9am to 8pm everyday of the year. They can get help about most any subject about ocean shores.
Residents too can find what they need for services, government information and more. There are even free classifieds for non-commercial use. Sell household items, give away a pet, or post your news.
The staff are quickly available to consult with advertisers, businesses and visitors to help them get the maximum benefit out of having OceanShores.com as as the perfect place to find what they need.
If you have suggestions, comments or even complaints feel free to complete the inquiry form. Getting better is what OceanShores.com is all about.
A Map, a Map, My Kingdom for a Map
By William May
Published: 07/20/14 Topics: Comments: -
Long long ago we had these very nice travel aids called maps.
They were printed on paper, folded like origami but you could unfold them to see towns, roads, rivers and other landmarks. Because they showed lots of land -- often a full state - it was always possible to get a general idea of where things were.
From there you could find your way to where you were going, or to find your way to the next state. You could even drive all the way across the US if you wanted. Hey, you could even drive into Canada.
They had these darn Maps in other countries too. Other than a few very remote places, you could unfold the origami and practically drive around the world (if you wanted to swim much of it.)
ALONG CAME TECHNOLOGY
First it was GPS devices that allowed you to know the latitude-longitude coordinates of wherever you were in the world based on signals they received from Global Positioning Satellites. All very high tech stuff. Over time the devices improved and you could find where you were and where you are headed to see a detailed route.
Although GPS was great party conversation, only a small percentage of the popular had one. That increased as car dealers started to install them in vehicles and as the devices improved.
ARE PHONES SMART?
Today, many people have adopted to use of Smart Phones - such as the ubiquitous iPhones, Andoids - and are delighted to find that those phones have what they call GPS, but is actually based on the triangulation between multiple mobile phone towers and not on satellites.
They work well except in distant locations where only one tower exists and then they are dead meat.
ARE PEOPLE SMART?
With innovation comes complexity and then comes reliance on technology. Unfortunately some folks take this to mean they can quit thinking smart.
Many lodging operators send out detailed instructions on how to get to their properties, even including Lat-Long coordinates. So with a phone or a GPS devices you can type in the coordinates and your car will practically drive you directly to your destination.
Unfortunately, not everyone gets how this works and they find themselves out in the boondocks with a non-helpful smart phone and without a tightly folded up map for backup.
For help they call the property staff who must always be friendly and helpful, even at 3AM in the morning.
GUEST: Can you help me find the house?
STAFF: Yes. Do you have the written instructions we sent?
STAFF: Do you have a map, or GPS or Smart phone?
GUEST: A Smart Phone but the map is not working out here.
STAFF: May I ask where you are?
GUEST: I don't know.
STAFF: Do you see any recognizable landmarks, a house, a river, a store or anything?
STAFF: Have you passed any landmarks recently?
GUEST: Not that I can remember.
STAFF: Is the land flat or hill?
GUEST: Kind of both.
STAFF: Do you have anyone else with you?
GUEST: Just my 2 year old? And I have my dog.
STAFF: Does the dog have a map?
GUEST: I don't think so. Could you just come find us?
STAFF: Yes, I guess so . . . . may I ask where you are?
You get the idea. Good. Get a map please.
William May – Volunteer
Vacation Rental Association
Outdoors-For-All, the Heros Among Us
By William May
Published: 06/09/14 Topics: Comments: -
It was over 10 years ago that we first came in contact with the Ski-For-All Foundation.
In the Northwest United States, snow skiing is a rite of winter. Not everyone in the area participates, but the mountains beckon to most of us. In fact, many people are zealous about spending time in the great outdoors and especially in winter.
It is no wonder that some of the most fervent fans got together to share their joy with those least likely to get out.
OUTDOORS FOR ALL:
Using committed volunteers, generous donors and specialized equipment, Ski-For-All helps disabled children and adults to ski and snowboard.
Even the blind can be lead down the mountain at speeds that able bodied non-skiers find frightening, but that finds the sightless skier whooping and laughing at the top of their lungs.
By holding onto a short leash with a sighted skier, and sensing the tension between the two it makes your heart flutter so see how fearless they are.
Who could imagine that even quadraplegics can ski?
It is done by putting the client into a toboggan with four skiers hold tethers affixed to the four corners, the client can speed downhill at an astonishing rate, and everywhere others skiers stop and watch and often cheer.
It takes lots of preparation and time for just one run. But one run is seldom enough for the client. So the volunteers load the toboggan and the client back onto a chair lift to go back to the top. They repeat the journey for as long as the client wants or until the ski area closes (usually the later.)
Knowing of this wonderfull organization, we thought it grand to donate use of our vacation rental homes to Ski-For-All and were delighted when they could bring clients to the mountains for over-night trips.
After the first stay, however we received a disappointing phone call. It was the housekeeper who said, "something is wrong, no one slept in the beds."
Embarassed, I called Ski-For-All and apologized saying "of course it would be absolutely fine for them to sleep in the homes we provided."
The director laughed out loud on the phone. "You don't understand," she said, "these kids spend much of their lives in bed. So sleeping in a sleeping bag, in a cabin on the floor was a thrilling time for them"
"Oh," I said, "I had no idea."
I would like to invite you to donate use of your vacation rental home to charitable groups too. It would be great if you wanted to call Ski-for-All, but in fact your generous donation will be appreciated by any not-for-profit group you can think of.
You'll receive nice thank you of course, but the warm glow of satisfaction will come the minute they book your place. You will be using the riches you posess to hep those who need it most.
VACATION RENTAL ANGELS
To recognize the generosity of the wonderful vacation home owners who donate to worthy charities, the Vacation Rental Association (VRIA.org) has formed a "Vacation Rental Angels" program on which their properties can be advertised. Its all for free and our small way of saying thank you. (VacationRentalAngels.com)
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Over time the Foundation has increased its programs to include hiking, biking kayaking, canoeing, yoga nd even rock climbing. The newly christened "Outdoors-For-All" is the same great bunch of people now spreading its love of the outdoors to an ever wider circle of people who long to get out and enjoy the environment. (OutdoorsForAll.org)
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