Beachcombing is for any age child or adult, especially if you arrive on the beaches of Oregon. Approaching the available Oregon coastal beaches one immediately knows there is a really different feel here. It is not the fine, camel colored sand that makes the mark, nor the gentle ocean mist on your cheeks either. As the feet are placed along the shore of Oregon, you notice anyone can have access to the beaches here. They don't belong to the elite who have the funds to purchase the valued land nor to the select few that landed in Oregon first. The promised shoreline is for the enjoyment of all who visit. Happy landing in Oregon that you will know that before you visit this destination.
As you jaunt along the seashore, you are welcome to take any item you find as long as it does not disturb the marine life existing in the water or on shore. Oregon has some great finds only discovered by beachcombing. It might be wise to arrive early in the morning to acquire what the tide delivers for you to take home as forever gifts from the waves during the tide changing to drop them at your feet. Keep an eye out for glass balls of assorted size and tones, since they have been and still are often brought to shore. They arrive from Hawaii, Japan and some fishing vessels out in the vast Pacific Ocean. Erroneously, they are delivered in top condition due to the water carrying them safely to the beach.
Some stationary presents remain on the beaches all the time, buried by the tides that come and go along the smooth sand. Agates are those gems; that are gray, cream, pearl-like and greenish in color that one can gawk at forever. They make beautiful jewelry for the skillful designer who can see their placement long before they are completely formed into an attractive adornment. Visiting the men and women who set up blankets on the beaches, show their handywork sharing the artful creations one can make. It is the skillful eye that sees potential in these rocks.
Barges of all sizes sail out in the ocean bringing cargo to different ports. Some of the driftwood floats for a long time before actually coming to the seashore for the beachcomber to secure. Unfortunately, non sea worthy ships have also left their planks in the wild waters creating treasured pieces of driftwood for the collector who marvels at their finds. Some pieces have marks, dates and other data that adds to the intrigue.
Shells of all shapes, sizes and designs are for the taking, unless there is a living sea creature within the item found. Turbulence can sometimes prematurely toss those urchins into the beaches,while they hope to be tossed back to survive in the natural habitat for a second chance. Look before you secure these houses of the sea creatures to make sure there are no dwellers.
Humans do leave assorted items on the beach either by accident or forgetfulness. Watches, rings, bracelets and the like are more often found by passerbys than one might think. Metal detectors can aid the beachcombers to perhaps find a worthwhile diamond in the sand. It is very unlikely you will be able to find the righful owner of the lost precious discovered find, but the local, Newport "Newstimes" newspaper could place and ad for the rightful owner for you.
Bonfires are lit at night by transients and visitors perhaps leaving a treasure for the beachcomber when the dawn appears. Quite often people will walk the sandy shores early, to be the first to discover an article left behind. Sifting the granules has uncovered various keepsakes, so spend some time to undo what the brisk wind might have spread a layer on top of at the beach.
If nothing else, you get exercise, breathe fresh ocean air and enjoy the salty mist on your skin as you beachcomb in Oregon. Bring a jacket, no matter what time of year, since the nip in the air requires that on the Pacific coast of Oregon. See you soon!