Cape Meares and Rockaway Beach

All summer, we did not get to go camping as we usually do. We did not even make it to the beach one time. Buying a house and moving is quite disruptive to normal routines and ours consumed an entire season. The coast, however, is my happy place. No, it is more than happy. It is my blissful place. My boys and I made it to the coast on Sunday at long last. Driftwood on Rockaway Beach, OR photograph by Jessica Nichols

decaying Queen Anne's Lace in autumn, Cape Meares, OR photograph by Jessica Nichols

Brewing coastal storm at sunset at Netarts Bay, OR photograph by Jessica Nichols

The soft sand beneath our feet grounds us. The salty air cleanses us. The ocean breeze rustling the coastal spruce trees is our soundtrack. The dramatic clouds rolling onshore at the end of the day is our slide show. Breathe with me.