Friday, May 28, 2010

North Coast Land Conservancy Coast Train Trip

Riding the Coastal Edge

Saturday, August 7, 6 P.M. - 9 P.M., Garibaldi Train Depot

Does a train ride on the scenic water's edge sound like the perfect way to spend a summer evening? Make plans to board the train on Saturday, August 7 at 6 p.m. when the North Coast Land Conservancy and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust join together to offer their second annual popular educational and fun excursion for the whole family. Tickets go on sale June 1 for this open-air railway round-trip from Garibaldi to Wheeler to experience the sights and sounds of the sweeping coastal edge lands.

Stewart Schultz, author of "Northwest Coast, A Natural History" will be the guest interpreter on the trip as the train travels past such notable viewpoints as the Garibaldi Bar, Nedonna Beach, the Nehalem Spit, Fishers Point and the Nehalem Bay Estuary. Along with being the author of the quintessenial book on north coast natural history, Schultz is a professor of biology at the University of Zadar in Zadar, Crotia. For those fortunate enough to own a copy of his book, he will be available to sign prior to boarding the train.

"We are so pleased that Stewart will be joining us this year for our trip," said Katie Voelke, executive director of NCLC, "his in-depth knowledge of our coastal edge is unprecedented and his interpretation is not to be missed."

The $40 fare for adults and $20 fare for children 12 and under includes the train excursion, a box picnic dinner catered by Parkside Cafe in Garibaldi and an opportunity to experience this scenic corridor from a new perspective. Seating is limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year's "Ride The Coastal Edge" sold out quickly so plan to reserve your ticket early by calling the NCLC office beginning June 1 at 503-738-9126, Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Directions: Take highway 101 to Garibaldi -- the train depot is off third street in the center of town [click here for map].

The North Coast Land Conservancy and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust are non-profit organizations that own and manage land for ecological and cultural values. These two organizations are offering this excursion as part of their ongoing education and outreach activities for the community.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Summer Reservations on the Oregon Coast

Taking a trip to the Oregon Coast in the summer without a reservation, especially on a weekend, is like playing Russian Roulette. I can't tell you how many times I get call after call from desperate travelers nearly in tears trying to find a place to stay at the last minute. Many times my response is "don't go north, don't go south, but you'll have to go east"! We try to help travelers as much as possible, but sometimes there just is not a room to be had on the coast.

Whether you choose to make a reservation with us or some place else, please do yourselves a favor and make a reservation for your summer trip BEFORE you leave home.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tillamook County Fair Pig and Ford Races - #29 of 101 Things To Do on the Oregon Coast

Tillamook County Fair 'Pig and Ford Races' - #29 of 101 Things To Do on the Oregon Coast

When making your summer plans, consider coming to stay with us in August during the "World Famous Pig-N-Ford Races" at the Tillamook County Fair.  This is an Oregon Coast event you shouldn't miss!

If you've never experienced this, come and join us! Each year, we do our best to go to the Tillamook County Fair. Since we are located in the middle of dairy country and farm country, this Tillamook County Fair shows off the best of this community. Hob nob with the cows, pigs, llamas and locals. It's a great time and we try our best to attend each year.

The Pig-N-Ford races have been featured on the Today Show, many news outlets and here's a picture from National Geographic!

Drivers use stripped model T Fords with stock mechanicals. Five cars are lined up with the engines off at the start line of the horse racing track. Drivers stand next to the grandstands. When the starter pistol fires, the drivers run to the opposite side of the front straight, grab a live 20-pound pig from a bin, then must hand-crank their car and drive it one lap. They then stop, kill the engine, get a different pig, and race another lap. The first driver to complete three laps in this manner without losing their pig is the winner. The race was first run in 1925. The "official" story is that two local farmers were chasing a runaway pig in their Model Ts and were having so much fun, they decided it should be a race at the next county fair. The Pig-N-Ford Races have been run every year since 1925. Drivers belong to the Tillamook County Model T Pig-N-Ford Association, and membership is often a life-long affair. Cars and memberships are often passed down through families or sold to close friends. Some of the cars that first ran in 1925 are still on the track today

Now, who would have thought that Pigs could fly on the Oregon Coast?

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Oregon Coast Activity #29, From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
Day trips from Sandlake Country Inn