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Sitting On The Dock

When I was younger (likealmost 30 years ago) we lived in Coos Bay, Oregon.  My step-father couldn't get a job, in a sense.  He supported us by taking us out on the docks, and loading crab nets with chicken parts, and reeling in the crabs every hour.  Made a pretty good stash selling them to local markets, and brought home dinner every night.  I still like crab, but not like I did then.  In the winter time we would go through the forrest, cutting down boughs from evergreen trees.  We would make wreaths and sell them...  Fun times.  I just remember how beautiful the Pacific Ocean was, and since we left, I've only been back once - temporarily.  It doesn't look the same in San Diego.  I really miss the docks in Coos Bay.  Watching the sun set every night...  The sounds...  The smell of the ocean...  I miss all of it.  I've been to the Atlantic, also (lived in Rhode Island) but it's not the same.
MichaelDuMaine MichaelDuMaine 36-40, M 52 Responses Nov 11, 2010

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I remember my time but only visited the beach twice..last time i was there i forgot to use sunscreen and was all u know but nothing beats the view and air of sea.

There are no words that can express the beauty of it.

right on my mom was born in oregon and always talks about how beautiful the ocean is out there ive always wanted to move that way any recommendations?? lol

Anywhere is good. I only stopped there for two days, Dec 31 and Jan 01... Other than this last trip, I haven't been there in over 25 years... Lakeside is where we lived, just north of Coos Bay on 101.

sitting on the dock of the bay<br />
watching the tide roll away<br />
sitting on the dock of the bay<br />
wasting timeeeeee

What a great desc<x>ription of a time in your life.<br />
I could almost tase the crabs and smell the salt and the ocean.<br />
Nostalgia is an amazing thing .<br />
sometimes though I find the memory better than the reality!<br />
Please write more<br />
Snapshots in Time are the best stories to share

Oh, I will. I have written quite a bit actually...

I love Coos Bay!

Thank you for the comment! :)

That sounds awesome! I wish I could crab all day & sell the lil buggers lol. Where do you reside now? I live in Oregon & have never seen such beautiful beaches elsewhere.... Well maybe Hawaii lol.

I recently moved to Rhode Island... The smallest state, from the largest city... Greater metropolitan Denver is actually larger than this entire state! When people say it's far away, they mean like maybe 5 miles... I think of far away to be like 2 or 300 miles...

I live on the Oregon coast, it really is beautiful here =)

I miss it so terribly... But there are some nice spots out here as well... I'm not too far from NH - it's really beautiful out there... We have Rock Island, which is made entirely of rocks that they took out into the ocean and laid on the floor until they built a "breakwater" of sorts to prevent serious damage from the hurricains... Or so I'm told. I can't wait for summer.

i love the ocean too. When im there im a such peace. I was raised on the water too. Thats why im a Marine Biologist. Love your story

Thank you. I love the ocean so much that I have been on each coast more than once, and currently live in The Ocean State... I can't wait for it to warm up a little so I can go water skiing again! I promise to only take marine life that I intend to eat - nothing harmful or meaningless in my hunting...

Michael, absolutely wonderful story and this thread is amazing. I live 75 miles south of Coos Bay and have for the past 11 years, my wife and I began our search for property in N California as that is what we knew best both born and raised in Sacramento. My father became a commercial fisherman after he retired from the government and fished Albion and Fort Bragg areas so that is where we wanted to be my first love was always the mountains and the ocean came in a close second my wife however loves the ocean first, second and third she was determined to live and thrive on the coast. After spending some time looking at property to live on we fell in love with Gold Beach, an absolute jewel on the coast.<br />
When we need to get out of town Charleston is where we like to go and from your desc<x>ription that is where you guys did your crabbing. Anyway come back and visit or come back to stay you will be welcomed with open arms.

I was in Eugene on new years day... If I had only known... I drove coast to coast, and now live in RI... If I ever make it back up there, I would love to meet you!

Really enjoyed your story. I lived on the Pacific coast in California and Washington State. Loved Washington. Like HopalongHowie describes it....perfectly. I am partial to the tamer Atlantic, however, growing up on the Connecticut shore very near Rhode Island. True they are different in some ways and yet when I read your words I felt like I was back on my childhood shore smelling the salt air and watching the sunsets....walking in the sunshine, rain or snow....people in California once asked me if it snowed over the ocean. I said, "No, it stops right at the waterline." Surely they knew I was kidding.<br />
Thanks for the pleasure.

Thank you for the joke! ROFL

Hi ,I love your story...I live about 8 ml. from the oregon coast just in the foot hills of the coast range.<br />
On a clean moutian creek..I get to watch a lot of wild life, and the salmon spawn in the fall..Its a salmon spawning creek no fishing. We are so lucky to have had that in our lives. the wildness, fresh air..The love of nature..getting to live it.<br />
I need to get to the beach more..I love it there..thank you for sharing this rich life you'v had..

Thank you for enjoying the everyday wonders that some take for granted, and others may never know...

What a great father!!! Sounds like you had "the dad he didnt have to be..."<br />
I think you overlooked the one most important thing. You have wonderful childhood memories (as do I ) and that , my friend is the most beautiful thing in the world!!!! I love Lake Michigan, you can not see anything but pure beauty, the sky, water and lovely sand you are sitting on... Takes away your very breath. <br />
Thanks for this great story

I was in Chicago a few years back, and it really was beautiful! The lake, not the city - no offense meant, it was just not that exciting...

u should get up to Shell Beach, San Luis Obispo favorite was to always sit on the beach at Pismo Beach and be mesmorized for hours with the waves and ocean....beautiful strrech of beach left in Ca.<br />
You r a lucky man- hold onto the memories.<br />
thx for sharin

No problem. I only hope to one day make new memories out there again!

Oregon. The sunsets, ocean, forests, rivers, deserts. We have it all. And relatively unspoiled. There really is nothing like a sunrise or sunset here. The colors, smells, nighthawks crying... I am a native Californian. Not ashamed of my roots in Napa County, but since I was brought here by my grandpa, backpacking, nothing compared. This will always be my home. And the home of my daughter's "stepfather" or as she calls him, Daddy.

They actually say you can tell the difference when you enter the state. And that the smog is real bad when you cross over to washington.

I grew up going to the beach all the time also. I used to and still go to Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Hermosa Beach. My dad was a fisher man also so we used to accompany him and play in the beach all day during the summers while he fished and kept an eye on us. I know that feeling...of smelling the fresh ocean breeze...listening and watching the waves. It's so nice. The beach is my favorite place to go. I really love it.<br />
Thanks for sharing :)

Thank you for leaving a comment! Beautiful memories!

I've always wanted to visit Oregon. Never been there, but it sounds like my kind of place.

I loved the fog, and the sand dunes... Camping in the mountains was awesome as well!

Great thread...

What a nice story! Thanks for sharing. Those beautiful childhood memories will always hold a special place in our hearts.

I want to go to Maine ,I hear they have the best crab and lobster. I'm super jealous of the life you had growing up! i grew up in stinky Las Vegas,NV,where everyone assumes you live in a casino. No culture for a child to grow up into really sucks. We had to move back to the fricken desert once again,so we are in Phoenix now,I cant believe I gave up Colorado, I love the mountains and love nature,and love the snow,my husband better appreciate me moving back here to be close his family-atleast im going to culinary school. :)<br />
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great story btw!

I feel the same way you do only for me it is the mountains and the country. Some of my happiest memories are of time spent on my paternal grandparents farm way out in the country. I remember fishing in the stream that flowed through their property and walking in the forest that was also part of the property. Grandpa owned thousands of acres and I loved every inch of it. I loved all the animals and the scenery was the best. Grandpa had a completely self supporting farm. They raised and grew almost everything they ate and also fished and hunted for food. <br />
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I've also lived on the Pacific coast and to me it just doesn't compare to the country and the mountains and woods. I also prefer the good country soil and air and the snow much more than I do the salty air and sand at the beach.

I share your love of nature. I love going for a walk in the rain through the fields on a hot summer's day... The way the sun shines through the showers, and looks like something from the Twilight Zone, or the way the sunlight comes through the trees and looks like lasers cutting through the forest.

This is an amazing story of survival and how he made you feel secure by providing from nature.<br />
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thanks<br />

Yes, it was awesome! We went camping while we were there as well. We mined the river for gold, and lived in the woods straight from the Boy Scouts Handbook. Well, we didn't make any hammocks...

I live on an island so I get to see the ocean every day XD

You lucky, lucky girl!

I've seen the beauty on both coasts from north to south. Your Story reminds of my youth and those Beaches. There's nothing like the wild uninhabited beaches to set your Spirit free. This Winter, I may decide to stay on the beach in southern Texas near the Brazos and Boca Chics. It's time for some Surf Fishing and Beach Combing. It's a great place to be with friends. There are some spectacular Sunrises. There's no greater occasion for friends to gather near the Campfire and have a Fish Fry and listen to the soft surf with someone playing a Spanish Guitar and the smooth voice of Mexican Love Songs on a Moonlight evening. This is the setting of my more secure and Serene moments. If I knew others would be there, I would make this a sure Winter Visit. Otherwise, I may opt for the Desert Wilderness.<br />
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Lee - thank you for the comment, and your description of a coastal bar-be-que sounds awesome, and I would love to be there, but I don't think TX wants me to return - ever!

Thank you. i have lived in San Francisco and i having the same experience. i have spent hours together on Pcean Beach watching the beauty of Pacific precious and majestic the ocean beach is few know. i miss you Pacific ocean.

I know! And I miss it sooo much. I'm landlocked here in Denver - beautiful mountains and all, but I miss the ocean!

wonderful :)

Thank you :))

I remember eating some of them - not the pearls, but the oysters, and now I can't even imagine doing it again...

I remember as a child walking with my dad looking down into the water at the oyster shells & wishing I could dive in & retrieve the pearls that may have been in them.

Sshine,<br />
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Thanx for the comment, and I am always happy to oblige. This was one of my first stories, and it is not as detailed as the others I have written, but I mainly write about my past, and memories are number one! :)

I grew up not far from coos bay, though I am allergic I LOVED crabbing there, I now live on the east coast and the Atlantic doesnt hold the same magic that the pacific does, thanks for bringing back my own memories :D