I love being on the beach and near the ocean. Since Cottage Grove is so close, trips to the coast are usually day trips, which are fun. Last weekend, however, I got a treat; I had the chance to spend the night in Florence with my sister and niece. Luckily, my sister was as interested in getting a hotel right on the beach as I was.
One of the great things about staying right on the beach is that you can head out there whenever the weather breaks, which in the winter and spring doesn’t always last that long. Sunday morning we were fortunate to have a beautiful break in the weather, so I headed out for a rare morning beach walk. Not only was it beautiful out, but I had the beach mostly to myself.
Treasures found on the beach are always fun, and on this walk I was delighted to find a whole sand dollar. Then, slowly I discovered that there were many whole sand dollars – I counted at least a dozen, and at some point, quit looking for them so earnestly. Later I told a local about the cache of shells and he said he often found whole shells in that area (just to the north of the north jetty).
Despite the blue skies, a small rain storm did move through. The bonus? A beautiful rainbow over the ocean.
Logistics: We stayed at Driftwood Shores in Florence. As far as I know, it is the only motel in that area that is right on the beach. I was surprised at how well the price there compared to other hotels in town.