Hidden Byway Stories

From Hoquiam to Taholah and everywhere between. Find us if you can!

Clam Digging on the Hidden Coast in the 1930’s; an Oral History

ocean shores sunset at beach

Clam Digging on the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway in the 1930’s; a Personal Story In April 1990, Harriet Baller, a 48-year resident of Moclips wrote about the trials and tribulations of clam digging on the coast. Upon her death at the age of 90, her stories were donated to the Museum of the North Beach […]

Ocean Shores Fog Festival 1973

guy winning 1973 fog festival race in ocean shores, wa

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, […]

Judy McVay the Ultimate (Wood Carved) Sign

vintage Hoquiam Fire Engine Copalis Beach

To say that pulling a 16-foot wood carved sign from the attic of an old service station in Copalis Beach took the top spot on my ‘best of’ list, is an understatement. It did so much more; fed my obsession with Washington State history, my love of forestry, brought new friends and family into my […]

Sooz Cool Vintage Stuff Foster Program

old cast iron flying pig bank

Cool vintage stuff sometimes turns into “dilemma time” for those of us trying to make a living as sellers – not collectors! I’ll tell you firsthand it’s particularly difficult to resist when you stumble upon a dream pick. Which by definition includes all the essentials; a five minute drive, invitation-only (aka no competition), and TONS […]

Ocean Shores 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

welcome to ocean shores sign judy mcvay

On November 3, 1970 by special election and signed off by former Washington Secretary of State Ludlow Kramer, the community of Ocean Shores became a certified city. As such, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Ocean Shores’ cityhood. Anniversary events will begin with a kick-off celebration recognizing the Welcome to Ocean Shores sign, erected 20 […]