It's been a while since I posted. A bit more on that in another post, but for now I wanted to share one of the best experiences I've ever had.
I have a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Frankie. I used to have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Ruby, but my dear girl grew old and passed away a few years ago. I've seen pictures and video of previous corgi beach days at Cannon Beach, OR and Huntington Beach, CA and have been seriously jealous of the people who get to go. Those beach days looked so fun! It looked like a little piece of heaven on earth with all of those corgis frolicking on the beach. But I never thought I'd be able to go. After all, I lived in Albuquerque, and the beach was a long ways away.
Then we moved to Portland a year ago. And suddenly, corgi beach day was easily within my reach.
I signed us up to go months ago. I booked a hotel room months ago. I planned when to leave and what to bring months ago. Then the day came last week.
I took Frankie and my seven year-old son to the coast Friday afternoon. We stayed in Seaside, OR, which is about a fifteen minute drive north of Cannon Beach, at a place called The Lanai at the Cove, where they offer several pet-friendly rooms. Our room had a view of the ocean and opened right onto the beach. The beach is rocky there, but a quick quarter mile hike brought us to sandier shores. When we arrived, I left the sliding glass door opened, allowing the sound and smell of the ocean into our room.
The next morning we hit the road an hour before the event started. We easily found parking near the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce where a short walk gave us access to the beach. We found a playground, and my son burned off some energy. There were already plenty of corgis and their owners around. Some decided to hit the beach early while others popped into restaurants for a bite to eat. We made our way to the beach at 10:00, signed in, and then found a spot to put our blanket and things. It was cloudy until we settled in, and then the clouds broke and the sun came out, as if mother nature approved of so many corgis in one spot.
A couple of drones flew overhead and took pictures and video. A corgi ran around wearing a GoPro. Another corgi in a wheelchair toodled around the sand. More corgis and people arrived until there were hundreds of dogs. I let Frankie off leash and he chased other dogs and was chased, and he ran up to people and sniffed them. A lot of people stopped by to say hello to him because they were fascinated by his tail. Frankie is a fluffy corgi, but we've been shaving him for the past few years, leaving his tail at full fluff. There were a lot of people there without a dog who simply wanted to bask in all the corginess. Everybody was friendly. Everybody was smiling, humans and dogs alike.
We watched the costume contest (OMG, dogs in costume!) and took part in the group photo. We waded through shallow water rushing down the beach to the ocean. We waded in the ocean as it washed up on shore so that Frankie could properly dip his paws in the Pacific. We relaxed and ate and watched people and dogs. We spent a good three hours out there before I hit my introvert wall and Frankie hit his own wall. We packed up our things, said good-bye, and got in the car.
To make the most of the day, we drove up to Astoria and to the wreck of the Peter Iredale, a sailing vessel that ran ashore in 1906. The ship's bones remain on the beach at Fort Stevens State Park. I wanted more time to explore the wreck, but we had to get going soon after we arrived. I've never been near a shipwreck before, and I couldn't help but imagine myself as a pirate, or as an explorer looking for treasure from a pirate ship. The wreck is located on a gorgeous beach with fine sand and large, vegetation-covered dunes.
It was, simply put, one of the best days I've ever had. Corgis are magical little dogs. They're supposed to be fairy steeds. Can you imagine an army of fierce corgis led into battle by fairies? They would nip at the heels of their enemies.
I can't wait until next year when the corgis gather again. As for Frankie, he slept most of that day and the next, and the way his paws twitched as he slept, I'm sure he dreamed he was on the beach, running with the other corgis.
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