Surf & Magic at Shorties
Shorties is my happy place, my church, my Sunday Funday playground.
Since moving back to the Northwest from Encinitas, California, I have been coming here every chance I get. Shorties, Short Sands, or properly named Oswald State Park, is like no other spot in Oregon. A 1/2 mile hike from park to sea, the cove is completely protected by steep cliffs, cascading waterfalls and lush evergreen forests. There is a magical, enchanted energy here that fills me up with zen.
It may sound crazy, but Shorties even seems to have its own micro-climate. There are days when it is sunny and warm at the cove when it's windy and raining in the neighboring beach towns. Short Sands is indeed a sacred spot. If you ever get the lucky chance to visit, please leave it just as you found it... perfect in every way!
Oswald West State Park offers miles of hiking trails in this 2,484 acre park. Two prominent headlands, Cape Falcon and Neah-kah-nie Mountain are included and offer great hikes. Park in one of four parking lots along Highway 101 and enter one of the best preserved coastal rain forests in Oregon. Low-growing ferns, salal and salmonberry are shaded by massive western red cedar, western hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees that form the basis of the temperate coastal rainforest ecosystem of the Northwest. - Oregon State Parks
Whether you have seen one two many hang overs lately, are looking for an inspirational read or are in need of a total paradigm shift, I 'highly' recommend reading Tara Bliss's book, High, A Party Girl's Guide to Peace. Because of her book, I was motivated to book my trip to Bali and overcome some pretty big fears. Click here for more radical reads.
Surfing is like meditation. It is an incredible church. When I am in the water, I feel completely in the moment- like nothing else matters, and all my worries melt away. After a session, whether I catch many waves or not, I always leave the water feeling refreshed and alive.
Learning to surf has been one of the hardest challenges of my life, and one of the most rewarding. I recommend it to anyone needing a mental and physical boost. It will beat you down, freeze your toes off, and scare the shit out of you time and time again, and you will still be wanting more. If you want to brave the cold waters and learn how to surf in Oregon, talk to Lauren at Oregon Surf Adventures.
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