Manzanita 4th of July

To venture north on Hwy 101 to Nehelam and Manzanita for 4th of July celebrations has become a favorite of mine. My sister’s in-laws call this corner of Oregon home, and their generous hospitality has allowed me to take part in Independence Day celebrations a la small coastal town for a few summers now. This year had the added bonus of introducing Andrew to this US-specific holiday, and meeting new friends as well.

First, the {fast becoming} obligatory stop at Gino’s in Newport for fish ‘n’ chips:

And then on to Nehelam for s'mores, mellow mornings, and creek-side banter as well as Manzanita’s traditions of: Pancake Breakfast hosted at the local Fire Department to benefit the school district’s athletic fund; Main Street Parade; and fireworks on the beach.

One of the many beauties of Oregon’s north coast is the close proximity of many gorgeous locals. We ventured further north today to explore lighthouses, hidden beaches, and coffee shops.