Secrets from 1977; Finding Glass Floats on Grays Harbor Beaches

From time to time, we find and buy small hoards of glass floats for the shop. They sell fast and visitors are always amazed when we get into conversations about the abundance of glass floats on Grays Harbor beaches still being found, to this day. If you know when and where to look, you might be the next luckiest beachcomber around! …Ready? Set. Go! OK! But first – a little – history While we mainly refer to the glass floats as “Japanese” and for good reason since Japanese fishing boats are famous for releasing the majority of them that end up bobbing their way to the west coast. But. If you take a quick peek at the history, glass floats…

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Talking Crows on the Washington Coast? Who said that!

Over the summer, I was chatting with Boaz Backus, the chainsaw carver guy who built Ocean City Marketplace in 1995, and son of woodcarving pioneer (and my friend) Judy McVay.   Boaz doesn’t live along the Washington Coast anymore but his legacy lives on in stories; about saving Dorothy Anderson’s cabin, drunk adventures, travel, carving, and his Dr. Doolittle relationship with animals. Which is where this story really begins. First, let me say that hanging out with Boaz is a hoot. He’s a master storyteller, but you have to be weary ‘cuz everything he says must be taken with a grain of salt. And if you’re thinking “naw, I’ve got a fantastic BS barometer,” he almost always wears sunglasses which…

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The Ultimate Ocean Shores Instagram Moments

Long before Instagram, Ocean Shores had some of the best photo opportunities on the Washington Coast – and as far as we’re concerned, it still does! Once famous for Pat Boone and a party, party, party atmosphere, many of us still remember fun times climbing around the shipwrecked SS Catala out at Damon Point, the giant Razor Clam that’s MIA, the Gitche Gumee… and the list goes on!

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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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