Saturday, July 29, 2006
Oregon's dirty tourist secret: AutoBeach
Last Saturday, Sheena, Scott, and I were shocked to stumble upon something you'll never see in Oregon tourist brochures: beaches for cars. Like most of Oregon, we tried to escape the inland heat at the coast. However, Cannon Beach was packed, of course. So we headed north. We thought we were avoided the ugliness by skipping Seaside, but then we discovered Del Ray Beach and Sunset Beach. When we first arrived, we made the mistake of parking in the parking lot and walking to the beach. While walking, cars raced passed us and driving onto the beach! When got to the beach, it looked like a WalMart parking lot! As lifelong Oregon residents, Sheena and I were dumbfounded. We had no idea. It was the most disappointing thing we could imagine. We drove up to Ft Stevens park and had a great time at the Peter Iredale beach and tried to put the ugliness behind us.