Dead Crabs all Over the Beach at Pacific Beach & Moclips

All sorts of people wander into the shop on any given day and many of them ask interesting questions and we get into conversations about history, pickin‘ and the North Beach. But recently I was asked an odd question and surprisingly — I knew the answer! A couple came, shopped around and at checkout they asked, “How come there are so many dead crabs all over the beach?” I explained they weren’t dead, it was molting season and the little critters literally walk out of their shell, leaving it behind. They laughed but had never heard of or seen that before. photo courtesy of Chinook Observer For those who’ve never heard about molting crabs, it’s probably shocking to see what…

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Ocean Shores Fog Festival 1973

We live at the end of the USA, on the Washington Coast, where things have always been drastically different than city life on the I-5 corridor. Born out of a desire for fun, just a few decades ago, Ocean Shores was a party town complete with a resident shipwreck (the SS Catala), celebrities (Pat Boone, Ginny Simms), and the premier “maker of fun,” Bob Ward. Bob was a PR guy from Seattle recruited to Ocean Shores to promote lot sales for the original development group. A master at his craft, not only did Bob create the foundational fun of this little hamlet by the sea, he started its first newspaper, the Ocean Observer. Here’s a tribute to Bob’s 1973 Ocean…

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Is the Beach a Road in Ocean Shores?

For as long as I can remember, driving on the beach has been a “thing” here in the little seaside hamlet of Ocean Shores. In fact, it’s not just a thing, it’s a main tourist attraction – especially during razor clam season and the 4th of July when beach driving means less hassle for a front row seat.

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Why Ocean Shores is Good for Your Health

It’s nice to hang out at the ocean when you’re happy. But when you’re sad or mad, defeated, depressed, or unhappy it’s actual medicine. I think. If the ocean’s not your jam, you probably still know what I’m talking about. Giant trees, huge rock formations, grand canyons, mountain ranges, a clear night starry sky in the middle of nowhere. These big natural spaces remind us… we’re small and life is short.

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