A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Late November at the ocean’s edge

Written November 24th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Gulls having a convention at the mouth of the Yachats River on Nov. 21, 2022.

At the start of this Thanksgiving week, we ignored Oregon politics, local land use issues and other petty aggravations and found sunshine at the Oregon coast.

If you can stand the crowds — there were two other people on the beach at Yachats along with, I think, one dog — this is the place to be in late November.

Actually, any time of year and any season is a good time for spending part of your life at the ocean’s edge. If nothing else, being there reminds you to pay attention to the waves if you don’t want wet feet. (hh)

Sand, rocks, waves, a long view — what more do you want?


12 responses to “Late November at the ocean’s edge”

  1. MarK says:

    Good for you Hasso! It’s always get to get away and take your mind off of things! Recharges the “batteries” too!

  2. Bob Zybach says:

    Hi Hasso: Great post from one of my favorite places on Earth! Did you say you were 89?!?! Oe is my own hearing just getting worse?

  3. CHEZZ says:

    Hasso A Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for sharing YOU and the Oregon Coast!!

  4. thomas earl cordier says:

    thanks for being a rational elder observer. I won’t be surprised to see a rant from a
    non-rational observer. Belated happy birthday HH.

  5. Carla Mundt says:

    When my husband was asked his favorite place on the Oregon Coast, he would say “where I am today.” Our last get away together was in Astoria October 2020. He passed January 2021. Enjoy making coast memories with your wife.

  6. Hartman says:

    Hasso, you must thank the governing body in Salem that made Oregon’s beaches belong to all the people. Land use laws do have their purpose.

    • Al Nyman says:

      Oswald West, a democratic governor of Oregon in the early 1900’s asked the republican legislature to pass a law making the wet sands portion of the beach highways which they did and he signed it. Any legislators in that time plus West himself would be appalled at our current land use laws which have caused land values for building houses to skyrocket and made housing unaffordable for most people.

      • Ray Kopczynski says:

        Al –
        I’m intrigued. What 3 “land use laws” would you eliminate that would have any material effect on land value? (Eliminating the UGB boundaries accomplishes nothing more than massive sprawl without reducing the value of the land…)

        • Al Nyman says:

          You and Mr. Woods really out to take an economics course as supply and demand are the major trigger for price increases on land. When the state created urban growth boundaries and reduced the amount of land available for housing, it guaranteed excessive price increases on the chosen land and did not stop urban sprawl but just made it more expensive. The only way to stop urban sprawl is to fix city boundaries and not allow expansion.

          • Ray Kopczynski says:

            So you’re unable to answer my question? I stand by what I said…

          • Ray Kopczynski says:

            Since there is *ample* room inside the UGB for housing, your comment doesn’t wash. Exactly how woul’d you stop someone from building in the county? I stand by what I said.


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