Oregon Coastal Scenes – Window into Waldport by Daniel Wollin
Oregon Coastal Scenes – Window into Waldport is a beautiful collection of images and story of the small central coast town of Waldport. From harbor seals to fantastic views, sunsets, Window into Waldport showcases the real Oregon Coast in all it’s splendor. Window into Waldport is complete with panoramas, videos, fun widget popups and more.
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Daniel Wollin, originally from Wisconsin, was a resident of Waldport for many years and avid photographer of the area. Daniel is a singer songwriter and author. He now resides in San Jose California with his wife and 2 sons working in Silicon Valley as a Visual Designer, visiting the Oregon Coast often.
He also manages and designed the OregonCoastal.com website as well as OregonCoastCalendar.com and OregonCoastalAdventures.com, DanWollin.com
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This was our story:
The year was 2004, my 11 year old son and I ventured out west from Wisconsin to attend a log home building course in Everett Washington. Having never been in the Pacific Northwest; this was a great excuse for a road trip. We ventured through South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore, then thru Montana, and the excitement only grew when we got to Idaho and into eastern Washington. We hit a snow storm coming out of the Cascades towards Seattle; the roadway was littered with semi trucks parked along the shoulder to avoid sliding down the mountain. Soon, the snow turned to rain and we were close to our destination.
After venturing down the 101, we decided to drive the entire Oregon Coast, it was December, and the winds were rocking. We stopped at a lookout at Mt. Hebo, one of the highest points on the coast, and the wind almost blew his clothes off. We made our way to Lincoln City, where we saw harbor seals for the first time in the Siletz bay. We ventured to Depoe Bay where we stopped to view the spouting horn, my son got too close and was soaked on the first burst of sea spray. We managed to change in the public restroom and we were off, stopping at places like Seal Rock, Yachats, Heceta Head and down to Winchester Bay and then on to the southern coast.
When we got home showing the photos of our trip to friend s and family, it was clear that the Oregon Coast was the most scenic and interesting of the whole trip.
The next spring I took the trip with my younger son and we centered our trip around crabbing. We had stayed in Yachats, in a hotel with a lighthouse room, and it was here my son saw a brochure for crabbing. We started talking to locals and ended up talking to a seafood vendor in Lincoln city, he had an unusual bicycle in front that he cycled in South Africa and was telling us stories of his travels there, we got to talking about crabbing and he directed us to the best crabbing on the central coast – Waldport. This was our first introduction to this tiny town that sits at the mouth of the Alsea River. We went to the public docks and rented crab rings and got some bait, we got some tips from the couple who ran the store at the docks, and soon enough we were having fun crabbin’. My son had fallen into the water off the dock, and that ended our first day of crabbing. The following day we actually caught some keepers and enjoyed our bounty.
That following summer, the whole family borrowed a camper trailer and camped at Seal Rock campground. We ended up renting a boat to go crabbing and spent many days on the docks, we were getting know the town as well.
The next year, I ended up doing two trips that summer, and both times we camped again at Seal Rock. We saw our first whale and got to explore the areas from Florence to Pacific City, taking lots of pictures and building up a portfolio of epic shots.
One day, there was a parade for Beachcombers days in Waldport, my son had gotten a leather jacket in Depoe Bay and had filled it with trinkets from all parts of our trip out west. We sat at a park and watched the parade, we then went off to view the booths and vendors along the streets behind the park, but after a while we noticed we forgot our jackets at the park. What to do? We frantically looked around and they were nowhere, so we passed out cards at the local businesses hoping to get a call that someone had found our jackets, to our surprise we went back to the park and a couple was walking around, circling the area with our jackets for two hours hoping to find us.
It was then that we fell in love with the people of Waldport. Two years later I took a job in Eugene, and even though the commute was almost 90 miles, my son insisted that we live in Waldport, and so we did. The rest of the family came out a month later and my oldest son came a year later after finishing high school in Wisconsin. For 3 years we lived the life in Waldport and experienced the beauty first hand and the warmth of the people. We made many friends and this book is dedicated to those people.
A special thanks to my wife Tracy, and my sons Jordan and Jake, for putting up with my dreams.