I want to take in every last bit of Oregon, but I want to write about it while I’m in it, so I’m going to try to do both.

We’re on Highway 101 headed home. My husband Scott and I have been on the road for nineteen days; merging and turning along Coast Highway towards Oregon from San Diego to endure the chaos and occasional break in plans a road trip provides, hoping to feed on the spirit of spontaneity.




This morning I went for my last surf in Oregon. When I first paddled out, I was alone. I focused on feeling the wind against my face, wondering about the tourists taking pictures on the cliff above; who they were and what they loved about Oregon. I looked at the sand brushing back and forth across the bottom, the waves making their own art on the ocean floor.

A few five foot sets began marching towards me. I couldn’t decide what to do with them at first.  After getting bowled over by a few, the competitor in me couldn’t leave without catching one and seeing what I could do with it. I loved the sensation of being smaller than the waves. Running after some of those closeouts felt like chasing trains.

My dad texted me that the water in San Diego got up to 72º. That’s appealing, but we don’t have old-growth trees or sea stacks that stand out in the water like crossed-armed giants protecting the waves from the winds.



A part of me thinks I would be very happy in Oregon. Of course, it’s easy to fall in love with a place when you’re on vacation. But I love the wild we found here. I felt like we were breathing it in and becoming wilder ourselves.

About the Author: Devon DeMint

Growing up in a seaside town in Orange County, California, Devon Holloway DeMint started to feel a symbiosis between the writing she did on land and the surfing she did in the water early on. She is the author of The Tale of a Mermaid, a blog she started to blend both passions. Besides surfing and writing she loves animals, exploring, and her family and friends. She hopes to get better at skateboarding and knitting.

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  1. Kathie Reach says…

    Glad you enjoyed our beautiful Oregon coast. I hope you stopped in Brookings/Harbor. On the way out of town we have beautiful beaches, Harris Beach is just on the way out of town. We have the beautiful coastline with you entering Samuel Boardman State Park which is just a great area with so many places to stop and enjoy all the beautiful views of the coastline. Your story and pictures were great and I hope that you can come back and see us once again and take in the beauty that we do not take for granted.

    Written on September 4th, 2014 / Flag this Comment
  2. Mark in Charlotte, NC says…

    Man, I wish I had MORE time to spend at Canon Beach with Haystack Rock. My short time (about 3 hours) was much more fun than I ever anticipated. I arrived with the idea to take a few pix, get my feet wet in the Pacific for the first time, take a short stroll through town and get back on the road towards Seattle. This first time trip to Oregon is one for the photo album. I will try to make it back one day, maybe during a ferocious Pacific Coast storm and watch Mother Nature assault the coastline. Thank you Canon Beach for a wonderful first time visit.

    Written on September 8th, 2014 / Flag this Comment
  3. Kristina Blankenship says…

    Once I saw that Oregon coast, I knew that I couldn’t be happy anywhere else. We bought a house and I’ve never been happier. Beware if you visit….you’ll never want to leave.

    Written on September 22nd, 2014 / Flag this Comment
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