We drove to Grey Harbor, a large harbor south of Ocean Shores. We ended up at North Jetty at the entrance to Grey Harbor from the Pacific Ocean. We found a couple getting married with the Pacific as their backdrop. The driftwood was plentiful. As wer Pelicans, we have never seen so many pelicans in one place before. There were hundreds if not a few thousand of them on the end of the jetty. They decided to fly at the same time, what a sight.
We drove up Washington Highway 109 up the coast to a new (2004) small beach community Seabrook that uses the architecture that we remember from our youth, Seabrook is a place where kids roam freely and neighbors borrow sugar, even when they've only just met. The architects who created it nine years ago embraced a philosophy called New Urbanism, which encourages tight-knit, pedestrian-friendly communities. Backyards are virtually nonexistent, nudging people to gather on front porches; homes are close together; and shared services, like fire pits and an indoor swimming pool, abound. A well-curated store, a restaurant, and a bike-rental shop complete the village, and the vast Seabrook beach, a place for razor-clamming, kite-flying, and sand-dollar-combing, is never out of earshot.