The Pacific coast of Oregon has been my go-to vacation destination since the early 1990’s. Experiences with my children, siblings, and, of course, Magic, have been what memories are made of. The pleasures are simple: beautiful beaches, not many people, gorgeous scenery, cool temperatures, pine forests, mountains. Our base of operations for this trip was, again, Rivertide Suites in Seaside – a two bedroom, two bath suite with a kitchen and living room overlooking the mountains to the west. And they’re dog-friendly, especially for a registered Border collie Therapy dog.
The weekend after Labor day hosts a custom classic car show which means that rumbling exhausts, and automobile memories from the 1940’s to the 1970’s are lining the streets. Compared to the more upscale Cannon Beach, Seaside has more of a middle-class, blue-collar feel, with arcades, gift shops, taffy and candy stores, and the occasional street-people. And it was a pair of these street-people who provided a mesmerizing display of indigent creativity – think, BIG BUBBLES!
The promenade of Seaside consists of wide concrete walkway, a concrete wall, and a deep stretch of sand with the Pacific ocean to the west. People of all ages, families, dog walkers, a few bikes, a few skateboards, a lot of tattoos, enjoy the promenade. At the Broadway Street turn-around, a crowd had gathered. Children were jumping at these HUGE bubbles that were emerging from the beach. Two enterprising men had triangular strands of yarn suspended between two poles. The yarn would be dipped into a small plastic pool and then held aloft for the ocean breeze to extract the soapy film from the strands of yarn to be transformed into the most attention-grabbing, prismatic, wanderers, some the size of a kitchen stove.
And the fee for this entertainment? There was a small plastic bucket for donations, if one so desired. I tossed in a $5 with an immediate “thank you” from one of the bubble creators.