Friday, March 11, 2016

Beach Day! Shipwreck of The Peter Iredale!

Zoe, Phoenix and me
The Girls and Me! Totally Crazy Windblown Look!

The beach is one of our all time most favorite places to go. It's one of the first trips we ever took Zoe on when we got her and it was the first trip we took Phoenix on, too! We have a lot of really awesome memories and it's a place that brings me a feeling of peace. I love going to the coast!

I've been dying to get to the beach for a long time and I jumped on the opportunity to go to a new one the other day when we drove out to Longview, Washington. Longview is only about an hour from the coast so it was easily do-able. My friend Suzanne had recommended a beach sort of near Astoria and it also features the Shipwreck of The Peter Iredale which I had been wanting to see. So we killed all the birds with one stone.

Zoe and what's left of The Peter Iredale
Phoenix found a log to play on!

The Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. It was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles south of the Columbia River channel. It's a very popular tourist destination. 

Luckily we went on a weekday, it was horribly windy and there weren't very many people out there!

Phoenix was SO excited to play on the beach! 

Luckily with Oregon Coast Law they can be off leash!

 The Girls took turns racing each other around the beach and playing!

Phoenix poses with the wreckage!

The girls had a fantastic time running around on the beach! They were so happy to be there and so excited about everything. They were also really good for the most part! 

We did "lose" Zoe at one point and because it was so windy she could not hear us calling her. (I forgot my whistle at home.) Zoe had a moment where she thought the Seagull shadows that were zooming around on the hill above the beach were bunnies. On a previous beach trip, she saw a real live bunny and she's always remembered it. So when she saw the shadows moving on the hill she assumed they were bunnies and we lost her for a little bit while she was hunting them. By lost, I mean she was "out of control" because she could not hear our recall cue over the wind. We were able to get her attention as soon as she realized there was no scent of bunnies on the hill and she came right back to us on her own. She was never in any danger and she got a lot of "extra" exercise. We joked that she was a "Shadowhunter" and getting a little dumb in her old age! Other than that little incident this trip was probably the best behaved they've ever been at the beach.

The only downside to this beach is that vehicles are allowed to drive on it and it's a very popular tourist destination. March 15 - July 15 dogs are required to be on leash. If you're in the area, I would recommend going on a weekday and I would definitely go again! We had SO much fun!


  1. How fun. Some of the beaches where we lived in Germany also had cars allowed, but only in certain spots. The summer was always crowded, so we would only go early morning while the tourists were still in bed! That wind makes racing around so much more fun, but it is pretty hard to hear.

  2. Wow great dogs can be free! That ship makes a perfect photo-op!

  3. What a great romp - love the photos of them running on the beach.

  4. Oh how fun and you got some great shots too. I too love the beach.

    Have a fabulous day Lauren. Scritches to the girls. ☺

  5. oh it looks like it was delightful!!! I would love to live where you live, it is so beautiful there! Poor Zoe that they weren't really bunnies, too cute!

  6. A beach with a shipwreck - how cool is that?? I want to go! :)

  7. What a cool place! My kids love the beach, and I'd love to take them to see something cool like a shipwreck! That's so awesome.

  8. Oh wow! This place looks awesome--I want to see a shipwreck on the beach!

  9. We have been there and seen that exact wreck!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  10. Look like so much fun! We love the beach too.

  11. That is such a cool place! That's a great picture of you and the girls. <3

  12. Those are incredible action photos of the girls sprinting at absolutely top speed. They look absolutely joyful!!!!

    I've had that trouble with wind too... it sometimes makes it hard for Shyla to hear me... whistle-training is an interesting idea.

  13. Wowsa!!! Looks like you guys had a most FABulous day!!! I loves the action pics! Ma's POS camera is waaaaay to crappy to gets some of my FABulous moves!! hehehehe
    Too bad abouts the bunnies...that would have been funs to chase them....maybe next time...☺
    Ruby ♥

  14. So glad you all got to the beach! Great photos of what looks like an PAWmazing day!!

  15. What a cool place. I need a beach in my life.

  16. The wreck is amazing and the running dog shots are pure joy!


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