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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Beachcombing on the Hidden Coast

Beachcombing on the Hidden Coast; a favorite pastime for locals and tourists alike, has been going on for as long as things have been washing up! On the Washington Coast we have some great examples of salvaging items from the beach such as Dorothy Anderson’s Tourist Harbor. Crafted from reclaimed shipwreck and beach finds, starting with her own cabin in 1929 Dorothy built a collection of tiny cabins for tourists to rent. And long before Dorothy, there were indigenous tribes and settlers scouring the vast expanse of sand from along the whole Hidden Coast Scenic Byway from what’s now Ocean Shores north to Taholah.  Local Finds: Japan Tsunami (2011) Image from Washington.EDU On March 11, 2011 a tsunami hit the…

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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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October 2, 1964 Ocean Observer Newspaper

The Ocean Observer, brain child of my hero and early Ocean Shores icon, Bob Ward was published in the 60’s as a way to keep Ocean Shores in the limelight as this tiny Washington Coast hamlet was getting off the ground! October 2, 1964: In this edition you’ll learn where the postmistress was headed on vacation, the proposal for bringing banking to the beach, a tongue-in-cheek birth announcement and other interesting historic tidbits. Enjoy!

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October 16, 1964 Ocean Observer Newspaper

The first few editions of the Ocean Observer were titled “The Bobtailed Edition.” Guessing it’s a little “hats-off” to my marketing hero, Bob Ward local fun-guy and PR maven who got the party started and kept it going during the initial real estate boom here (mid-60’s to mid-70’s). October 16, 1964: In today’s news… the Aloha (pronounced A-low-uh) bridge spanning the Quinault River lurched, sagged and nearly collapsed, teen dances started at the Ocean Shores Mall, The library club made some money on their book sale, the top salesman in Ocean Shores history came back for a visit after a three year hiatus, and Rhoads Food Mart in Pacific Beach sold boxes of “Spick and Span” for $0.25!

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