Since I planted roots here in the Okanagan, summer holidays have without exception been the “Tourist In My Home Town” variety. I have a close friend though who has been encouraging me to briefly forgo the Okanagan for another holiday destination. This year we took my friend at his recommendation and sashayed down to the beautiful Oregon coast for a family break. We visited Depoe Bay which matched the complimentary descriptions of my good buddy, and we thoroughly enjoyed the break.
I love to sing the praises of where I live, but I have to sing the praises of this American location also. The parks, ocean air, the whales, and especially the friendly Americans we met throughout our visit. A very special memory my son and I share is from the 4th of July when we went to a pancake breakfast at the Gleneden community centre. It was hopping busy that morning and everyone was friendly and welcoming especially after we explained to our neighbours at our table that we were from Canada. What a nice community, and friendly people and the breakfast was delicious! The young girl who was our server had been volunteering for six years to help out each July 4th, and she told us that with pride. No wonder that they have their own parade, this was indeed a special spot in the USA. Gleneden is likely considered part of Lincoln City if you go for your own coffee and pancakes next year. You will love the atmosphere, but get there early like we did so you miss the line up 🙂
Back to Depoe Bay, this was also a small city and it is famous for whale watching. One night while enjoying Mexican food in Depoe Bay we just looked out on the bay and could see a whale surfacing, blowing, and re-diving. This was a special treat and one that was repeated many times during the week.
A great location, and good weather is only enhanced by special people you share it with. I was blessed to spend it with my family which was really the icing on a very special cake.
I still love my Okanagan, but now I add Depoe Bay to a list of beautiful places that I have been blessed to have seen. Click images to enlarge, and thanks for visiting!