Nehalem Point is located at the heart of Nehalem town on the North Coast of Oregon. It is bordered on one side by Nehalem River and the other by Nehalem Bay.
There are a lot of outdoor activities there ranging from hiking trails which covers miles of beautiful elks in 100s of acres of meadow, you can do cycling for weight loss, or go to the estuaries to watch birds. You may opt to go surfing, boating etc. The options are limitless.
In the summer of 2010, together with my wife we made an impromptu visit to the place while on a road trip from Seattle to California. We hadn’t planned, but while on the road trip we decided to make a stopover there and we indeed had some fun… Our first stop was at the Nehalem Bay State Park where we camped for two days. We were lucky to get a good camping spot there although we had not made any reservations.
That evening after arriving and erecting our tent we spent the evening watching the beautiful sunsets on the Pacific. My grandmother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, loved the tranquility of the area and the way the park was neatly maintained and themed the most. Anyways, after sunset, we decided to have a short walk on one of the beaches in the park before eventually heading back to the campsite for dinner.
The following day we left shortly after breakfast and went to the scenic Nehalem Rivers where we hired a duo kayak and spent the whole morning rowing in the rivers while catching sight of the birds and the stunning views of the Pacific. In the afternoon we decided to go to the Nehalem Bar Winery where we enjoyed some sweet dessert wines and spent the afternoon there before heading back to the camp site so that we could prepare to continue with our journey the following day.
Since then I’ve been to the place twice and I’ve documented most of my experiences in the place and will be sharing them with you on this site soon.
The simplest I can say is that the place is so beautiful, cool and amazing. There are a lot of activities that you can do while there and as I undertake the task of re-purposing this website, I will detail more about the activities and things that you can do in the area. There are some posts that I’ve already published and you can access them by clicking through the topics below. I will be adding more interesting posts soon.
For most of my adult life, I have struggled with my weight. It is easy to ignore the first 20 extra pounds and the need to move one size up especially if you live in sweats but if you live in a coastal area, sweats become uncomfortable in the summer heat and everyone starts noticing how you’ve been bulging out of your pants. I started dreading the sea, even though I had moved hear specifically for the beach because I used to love surfing, and swimming. If you put me in a pool, I imagine I would look like a baby walrus.
For about five years, I was on a never-ending diet. I couldn’t understand why all those people with amazing weight loss stories and unbelievable before and after pictures did right and I was doing wrong. Exercise they said. I am not a fan of gyms because it’s full of these people who for some reason like standing in front of the mirror while they do endless bicep curls and why do they have to have so many mirrors on the wall, I don’t like staring at myself sweating out my own failure. I could have joined a club that allowed big women like me (yes – I had come to calling myself “big” because “fat” is such a dirty word) but there weren’t any such clubs.
A friend of mine invited me to be his plus one at his cousin Joe’s wedding in Oregon. One thing that I used to love as much as I did surfing was a good road trip. It was going to be a low-key wedding in some coastal place called Nehalem. I had never heard of it but I found a picture on the web of some people riding horses in a foggy beach. Oregon is supposed to be cold which would explain the foggy beach.
“It’ll be fun, we can go swimming and surfing and stuff”, my friend said and just for good measure added that wearing black at a wedding in Oregon was not frowned upon. It turned out, that people in Oregon generally didn’t care all that much about my weight. It was not regarded as something of particular importance. One thing I must say about Oregonian – they love their beer and to be honest, they are weird – but in a good way.
This was to be holiday and by George, George was going to make me enjoy it even if it killed me. We took nature walks, tried a bit of jogging along the craggy trails leading to the Nehalem Bay and I almost drowned when my boat capsized in the Nehalem River. But for all the bruises and blisters I got treated to some nice wines at the Nehalem Bay Winery. People her love their wine and their beer and their food and the fresh air and their walks, after a while you learn to love and appreciate the simple things like the sunset over the Pacific.
If camping was my thing I would be gushing over the awesome hiking trails, boating or fishing in the Nehalem river, but I’m not so I won’t gush about the awesome scenery just the weird people I’ve met and how I had to drive thousands of kilometers to meet the love of my life who has always been there through thick and thin and three size dresses in between.
We live here now, George and I and the stray dog we picked up in a little town called Boring, Oregon and with love and a lot of bicycling up hilly terrain, I finally lost weight. I think I’ll open that club for big women here after all and we’d do nothing but dance in a space with no mirrors.