The next stage of our adventure was to locate a classic confection of coastal towns in the Pacific Northwest: saltwater taffy. Along the way we happened upon a popular photo-op at a kitschy storefront shaped like a gaping shark’s mouth. Naturally, we felt inclined to partake in the tourist fun.
After a short search through the town of Ocean Shores, the moment we had been waiting for arrived thanks to Buddy & Howie’s Old Fashioned Sweet Shoppe. We each searched and picked through numerous flavor varieties and left with a paper sack full of the succulent saltwater taffy.
Prior to settling down for our picnic lunch, we packed up the car and moved closer to Ocean City State Park Beach in order to find a more peaceful setting. On this particular section of the beach all vehicles are prohibited from May 15-September 15 so this area was far less occupied by visitors. The weather that day was ideal for a Washington beach and despite the wind, it was reasonably warm.
We spent hours taking in the simplistic joys of the beach such as running inland from the tide and back out, writing in the sand, chasing seagulls, and soaking up the view. Even without spending much money there was never a dull moment, especially for four adults!
The beach day was a long one, but the greatest benefit was that we were able to gather drift wood in the evening in order to start a beach bonfire and then watch the sun setting over the water. It was the perfect ending to a beach day in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
*If you want to experience a day trip to the beach, or for more day trip ideas, explore the Seattle Southside website for maps and more or call 206-575-2489.