The Olympic National Park in Washington state is recognized internationally as a biosphere reserve because it is home to one of the country’s few temperate rain forests. Here, the weather is extremely wet but boast a mild coastal climate which rarely sees winter frosts or summer temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). And at the edge of these rain forests, right along the Pacific coast, lies Seabrook – a planned beach town – an oasis just beyond the rain. We spent the last days of the summer here where we enjoyed foggy and cool nights but warm and sunny days.
Seabrook currently has 170 homes, with more being built to reach the anticipated goal of 303 single-family homes in the course of the next several years. There are a few year round residents at Seabrook, but most of the current homes are in their rental program.
Seabrook offers one-story cottages to three-story homes for rent. While each home is similar to the other, they each pose their own set of charms. All homes have a unique name, chosen by the owner.
Renting a home in Seabrook for a several days can be a small fortune. The prices vary depending on the house you rent and the time of year. Luckily for us, Seabrook was an affordable luxury since we were invited to stay at a friend’s house.
Behind each home is an alley way with access to the garage. These alleys are partially lined with oyster shells. A quirky addition, but certainly adds a beach feel.
There are many ways to keep entertained in this little vacation town. A community fire pit is available for use to make s’mores. An indoor pool is currently being built next to the community park. There are tennis courts, croquet field, and shuffleboard. They even have a grocery store and small restaurant.
Each home comes with two bicycles, and more are available to borrow for free from the sales center. But before you ride off, make sure the brakes work! In our last stay at Seabrook, my friend and I almost had an unfortunate outcome on a tandem bike we borrowed that didn’t have working brakes. We were rolling downhill towards the state highway with no way to stop. Fortunately, we survived. But none of the Seabrook staff even so much as said sorry, even after we told them about it. I’m still rather sore about this since it was a dangerous and serious situation.
Across the street from Seabrook is the Washington state coast on the vast Pacific ocean. The coastline in Washington state is a rough and rugged one with a few stretches of fine sand beaches. In these pockets of sandy beaches is an abundant of sea life, particularly shell-fish, which thrive in these frigid waters.
This sand dollar is already dead, but left behind a beautiful shell, which I took home with me.
Birds often flock near the waters to feed, just like these seagulls.
Winds off the Pacific ocean are powerful enough for great kite flying on the beach, especially after the sun has burned out the fog to reveal the blue sky.
The long days of summer are all but gone. But it was nice to spend its last days in this oasis with good friends. Now comes months of what seems like perpetual gloom, not unlike the weather of the rain forests nearby.
“Seabrook: Oasis at the Edge of the Rainforest”