Babymoon in Waldport
By Kim Wood Nolan
1st runner up in our Win a Winter Getaway to the Oregon Coast Contest
In March 2010, my husband and I decided to take a “babymoon” to the Oregon coast. I was seven months pregnant and feeling great, looking forward to our last baby-free excursion but also dreaming of the fun we’d have there in the future with an addition to our family. We packed up our black labs and traveled six hours from our home in Pendleton to a rental cottage in one of our favorite gems on the Coast, Waldport. March can be chilly at the coast, but we love all times of the year for different reasons – warmth in the summer and beautiful storm watching in the winter. At night we curled up watching old movies, and during the day we geocached, beachcombed for sand dollars and watched the antics of the sea lions in the Alsea Bay beneath us from our cottage on the bluff. We decided to explore Waldport and figure out how to reach the beach across the bay from us in the Bayshore area. Sand whipped across the streets and drifted across driveways and against mailboxes, but we spotted “beach access” signage painted on blacktop, climbed through sand dunes and beach grass, slipped between houses and made our way to a secluded line of coast. Driftwood littered the sand, but nothing else – the beach was pristine and free of debris. We walked the shoreline along the ocean and in toward the bay until we spotted sea lions up close, frolicking in the water and sunning in the sand. They paid little attention to us and we kept our distance to avoid bothering them, but it was amazing to see such fun creatures up close. We spotted our cottage up on the bluff and enjoyed the peaceful sound of the ocean and the feel of sand beneath our feet, tossing driftwood for our dogs and imagining our trip at the same time next year with our new baby, who will be raised to enjoy the natural treasure of the Oregon Coast just as we were.