Along Long Beach

While Bob drives, Ellen likes to point her camera out the window and snap photos. Though he offers to stop (where we can get the rig off the road) so she could control the shots she’s taking even better, she likes the challenge of trying to get good photos on the fly. And sometimes they do come out okay, as did this one taken somewhere along US 101 in southwest Washington.

And here’s the thing about full-time RVing: when you return to a place, it feels like coming home. So if you make the same loop, as we did for part of the summer of 2010, it was like coming home over and over!

Being welcomed back by Don and Jane at Sand Castle RV made it feel even more like home. If you want a place that’s friendly and accessible to everywhere you want to go in Long Beach, Washington, make the Sand Castle your home, too. Plus you can park on the grass!

Most of all, the ocean beach is just a short walk or bike ride away, and we spent our share of time doing both.

Who could get tired of the sound of the surf and the call of the gulls?


Long Beach sits on a peninsula that borders the Pacific on the West and the Willapa Bay on the East. The Bay serves up some of the best oysters we’ve ever had, and you can get them fresh or frozen from the Oysterville Sea Farm toward the northernmost end of the peninsula:

Along the road in Nahcotta sits a quiet interpretive site where out-of-towners are advised that although most of the oyster beds are spoken for, usually for generations, this stretch of Bay allows for public harvesting.

Plenty of harvesting goes on along the Bay, too. Take a look at this photo. Looks like three buildings, in a row — a white one, gray one, then a red building, right?

But… if you look more closely…

…you’ll see that what seemed to be a white building is actually a humongous pile of oyster shells!

We were in Long Beach about a month later in 2010 than we were the year before and experienced a bit more of the groggy Northwest weather because of it.

Of course, that only made having soup and a sandwich at this great little cafe that much cozier!

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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