As all things must come to an end, so it was with our Pacific Northwest Vacation Holiday. The weekend in Florence was all that remained. Oh but what a great weekend! There was just enough time to do a little shopping in the historic section of town, to enjoy leisurely suppers surrounded by family, to raise a glass of good cheer and experience the warmth of loving hugs.
Historic Old Town Florence
The history of Florence is rich and colorful, influenced by the tides and the seas. French, Russian and Spaniards were the early explores along the Oregon Coast. The first white visitors to the area arrived around 1836, and by 1900 the local populations was 300. The Port of Siuslaw was chartered in 1909. The economy of Florence was built on fishing, canning and lumber. As the 20th century drew to a close, tourism began to flourish. Nestled along the Siuslaw River, Historic Old Town Florence offers visitors a stroll down Bay Street, with views of the river, the bridge and the harbor.
The Siuslaw River and Bridge
How Thoughtful – A Drinking Fountain for People and their Pets
A Stroll through Old Town Florence
My favorite places to shops, All About Olives and Kitchen Klutter
A Walk on the Beach
While there are a number of very nice places to stay when visiting Florence, we have always stayed at the Driftwood Resort simple because it sits on a very interesting strip of beach. In Oregon, there is no such thing as a private beach. The entire coast of Oregon is public land. Oregon takes great pride in their public lands. The beaches are pristine and beautiful. I could (and have) spend hours just walking along the shore.
My sister loves taking photographs as much as I do. Our husbands laugh because a simple walk down the street will fill us with excitement as we see the world through a camera lens. It gives you a different perspective of every-day things.
Bonding with family is what life is all about. You’ve heard the saying you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family. I suppose that means we are stuck with each other. Maybe. But then again, God created families. I thank Him every day for mine.
The Sand Dunes of Florence
Early in the 1900s, plants such as European Beach Grasses, were planted along the dunes to protect highways, jetties and towns from being overtaken by the drifting sands. The impact of human intervention has been devastating. The grasses have altered the geological processes of the dunes. For the dunes to exist, the sand needs to move. Since the grasses were first introduced, nearly 70% of the dunes are now forever gone. Some estimate that within the next 50 years, what remains will be no more. In the few years that we have been visiting the Sand Dunes of Florence, we’ve seen the loss first hand.
And so the Adventure Ends
I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring Washington and Oregon as much as we have. These are places to treasure. Not only for ourselves, and for generations to come, but for creatures large and small that share this planet with us.