In September I spent a week on Long Beach, Washington with my family. We wandered around the tourist driven town. They have a cool arcade, yummy bakery and a candy store. We played Deal or No Deal at the Arcade, ate a cookie the size of our six year olds head and found chocolate covered bacon in the candy store. No, I didn’t give in to the bacon.
Fast forward to the past week. We spent a week in Seaside, Oregon relaxing and enjoying each others company. It’s very similar to Long Beach. The arcade is only a few blocks away from the resort we stay at. The candy store has chocolate covered bacon too. This time I gave in to temptation. I cannot in all conscience recommend this confection. It was not as tasty as I thought it would be. Maybe if I made my own… Anyways, we visited the little aqaurium on the boardwalk.
“Pre – 1937 The building that houses the Seaside Aquarium was originally constructed as a natatorium, a salt-water swimming pool. Arthur Viggers’ Seaside Baths and Natatorium opened in 1924 to compete with the Oates Natatorium already in business on the Prom at Broadway.
The main pool had a fountain in the shallow end that was large enough for multiple people to sit or stand on, a diving tower, and a viewing gallery. A smaller wading pool existed in the front. Water was drawn directly from the ocean and boilers kept water temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees.
The depression took its toll and the Seaside Baths Natatorium closed sometime in the early 1930’s, leaving the building empty for years.” – The Seaside Aquarium Newsletter
We went to the aquarium just in time to see them feed the seals. My kids went nuts! If you ever end up in Seaside take a little time and visit this tiny aquarium.
A trip to Seaside is never complete without a meal at the Pig n’Pancake and a ride on the Carousel inside the Carousel mall.
It had been five years since we had stayed in Seaside last. I wonder how long it will take us to get back there again.
“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu
“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.” – Rachel Carson