Last Morning in Rockaway Beach

This is my last coffee and Internet in Rockaway’s Morning Glory Cafe for a year. We drive back to the valley this afternoon.

It was a fun weekend– brother and sister-in-law arrived on Saturday, and we went to Oswald West park to see the surfers and hike to Falcon Point. Then we returned to the beach house for dinner and then a beach fire Saturday night.

On Sunday, we took out the shellback dinghy. We couldn’t sail the lakes because the mast was left in the valley, but I did row for Doug and my brother as they trolled Lake Lytle. Doug reeled in a nice Rainbow Trout on a barbless fly, and my brother lost a big bite. After that, we ran a chainsaw for a couple hours and cut a hunk off the stump in the middle of the deck. Messy work.

Doug can take the dinghy out on the lake on his own now. He’s growing up. Steph and I took the convertible for a run last night for fun before sunset, visiting Wheeler and Nehalem.

It’s beautiful here, but also a bit surreal. To live here full time would be a challenge in a lot of ways. To have actual work here is really difficult. Most of the houses are vacation homes or rentals. The weather is just about perfect now, but in the winter it’s cold and rains horizontally. As in Maine, the center of town culture is this cafe, and others like it, as the locals come in during the morning and talk and carp and plan the day and week.

London is a bit different than this. I think I like both… :)

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