Guadalajara Taco Shop, The Bowpicker , Short Sand Beach, and Cape Meares State Park

6/6/16 (Monday) in Seaside, OR (Seaside-TT)

No, we haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. We’ve just gotten lazy. Due to that we haven’t gone to many special places or done special things. So here is a synopsis: we’ve relaxed with TV, computer, painting and books as well as walked along the Seaside boardwalk and in the campground, we’ve done the usual chores like shopping, cleaning and laundry, including a special project of cleaning our carpet pieces in the washer, we’ve visited our newish friends (Jackie/Jack) who we met in Alabama and are also in the TT system (they showed us lots about razor clams and even gave us some), an we’ve visited with old friends (Jim/Karen) who we’ve known from our Leavenworth days. They live in Rockaway Beach, about 45 minutes on US 101 from Seaside. Their home is a lovely house with views of and access to the ocean. They are thinking of traveling across this country in a Class C RV to enhance their trip to a wedding in West Virginia in October. We had a great time sharing our ideas. Memorial weekend we even enjoyed a great french toast breakfast given by the church there.


Speaking of eating out, we did manage to try a couple new places, both recommendations of Jackie/Jack. Guadalajara Taco Shop (at 1st and Holladay in Seaside) was fabulous. It’s just started up, very small but packs huge flavor in it’s food. I had pork tacos (2 @ $2.50 each), John had a pork burrito ($5.50), Jack had a Mexicano Steak burrito and Jack had a tongue taco. They only accept cash payments. Everyone was thrilled with their choices, getting full in the process. Jack/Jackie insisted that we try out the Bowpicker, sort of a truck food stand in a small boat. They only serve fresh albacore in fish and chips (no albacore in the chips!). It was great although didn’t match the standard of Crazy Norwegian in Port Orford, OR. I added an image from our walk along the trolly track, in Astoria.


As I’d mentioned in an earlier post, there are a great many things to do in the area, we did most before we started our RV trek around the country. We’ve done a lot of them, so were less inclined to repeat them. We do highly recommend these for anyone new to the area: Seaside Aquarium, Turnaround at Seaside, Seaside Carousal Mall, Arcadia Beach, Tolovana Beach, Hug Point and Oswald West St. Park.

Near Rockaway Beach (south of Seaside) are the Tillamook Cheese Factory (we want to go again),Garibaldi Museum, an Air Museum and Short Sands Beach-all of which we considered when we went to visit Karen/Jim but we all had such a great time visiting one another, we never got around to visiting other places. North of Seaside is Warranton with plenty of big box stores to shop. Further north is Astoria with several must see places: Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria Column, Fort Stevens St. Park, Astoria-Megler Bridge, Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria Riverfront Trolley, Lightship Columbia, Lewis & Clark National and State Historical Parks (including Cape Disappointment) and Captain George Flavel House Museum. Whew!

Today was a gorgeous sunny day so we decided it was time to check out some places we hadn’t visited yet, more south of Seaside.

Short Sand Beach has lovely trails to the ocean. It was really windy at the beach, so we didn’t stay long. Just long enough for photos:


Cape Meares State Park (with lighthouse):


There are lots of nesting seabirds that frequent the rocks in this area, especially cormorants and murres.


A view of the coast before we headed to our treat at Tillamook Cheese Factory.

cape 6

We’ve been here before but it’s such fun we wanted to do this tour again. Lots of free cheese samples, not to mention their yummy ice cream (not so free). Lovely day, even if it took an hour to get back home. Click on image to enlarge/read.



About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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1 Response to Guadalajara Taco Shop, The Bowpicker , Short Sand Beach, and Cape Meares State Park

  1. You have been very busy. 🙂 It looks like there’s alot to see in Northern Oregon.

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