Ecola State Park

I am getting really excited, it is almost June – I will be moving to Ecola. My heart absolutely sings every single day at Ecola. I wake up to find this big fellow in my backyard, the Pacific in the background crashing on the rocks.
I set up a bird scope on the main deck and show visitors the thousands of Common Murres on the big rocks, watching their faces as the birds come into focus, and for the first time they see colonies of seabirds nesting.

We walk the road from Ecola Point to Indian Beach, a 3 mile aerobic exercise through old growth forest ending at one of the most beautiful beaches in Oregon. Tide pools filled with starfish and mussels and a beach with razor clams waiting to be dug for dinner. Edgar just loves the beach and is free to run and sniff, Oregon allows dogs on their beaches, unleashed, under voice control. Sometimes we find the beach unoccupied, ours alone to explore…. nirvana.
This year I am planning on taking photos of the big bull Roosevelt Elk that comes into my yard and document his growing antlers in pictures. It is my hope to catch some photos of the calfs as they grow through the summer, the mom elk cows keep them well hidden most of the time.

I am also within walking distance, 3 mile round trip, to Cannon Beach and Pizza a fetta. They sell some of the best pizza on earth, by the slice, a favorite destination. The ice cream shop across the street is a temptation but 3 miles = 1 slice of pizza or 1 ice cream – not both 😦

I just love living on wheels. I can’t imagine being cemented again to a foundation. I also love being an Oregon Park Host, living a life of giving as a volunteer, making the experience of Oregon State Parks the best ever for each and every visitor.

You do indeed reap what you sow… sow happiness and joy and it comes back in multitudes. It is a gorgeous day here, me and Edgar are heading for the bike path for a walk through the shore pines to Nehalem Bay.



5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Arleen Girotti on May 16, 2013 at 10:07 am


    I can’t wait to visit you there …So beautiful.
    Fiona made the classic soccer team this year 🙂

    Love you !!



  2. Love it! Karl and I will have to come by and see you on one of our summer rides to Ecola Park!


  3. Posted by floatinggourmet on May 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    This sounds wonderful, Cathy. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Ecola this summer xoxo Janet


  4. Posted by Marcy Apple on May 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I truly believe Indian Beach is one of Oregon’s sacred places..It is so beautiful. Indian Beach and Short Sands are my 2 all time favorite beaches. You lucky gal.


    • Can’t wait for my mom and sisters to come visit me 🙂
      Marcy – Short Sands and Indian are just like when Lewis & Clark visited – we are truly blessed that Governor Oswald West fought to make Oregon Beaches publicly owned.
      Laura – looking forward to seeing you – the road to Ecola is a great bike road…. see you all soon 🙂


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