Healing Powers at Newport
By Claudia Cooper
Entered in our Win a Winter Getaway to the Oregon Coast Contest
There’s something magical about spending time on the Oregon Coast. From kite flying to beachcombing and the smell of salty air, Oregon beaches just can’t be beat. Something exhilarating yet healing. So when my Mom had a break from chemotherapy that left her in a constant state of fatigue and nausea, she chose Newport as a place to spend time with family and soak in the beauty and tranquility of this favored seaside town. It seemed that Newport welcomed us with open arms during our stay. The sun was out, skies were clear, and a gentle breeze weaved around our beach house. I never get tired of gazing down the long stretches of beach and listening to the repetitive music of waves ebbing and flowing, and the constant sound of tidal motion from afar. On one of those days my Dad, brother and I went salmon fishing on a chartered boat. It is so fun to ride the waves and quite the thrill when a salmon tugs at your line. I never can get enough of that feeling of hauling in a keeper! When our boat returned, we had our fish filleted at the dock. It was fun to watch the sea lions waiting anxiously for scraps thrown to them. To our surprise, my Mom’s appetite came back and her nausea went away while we stayed in Newport. We enjoyed bowls of world-class chowder at Mo’s, munching on caramel corn and eating saltwater taffy. It is so fun to stroll along the main street of shops selling their tempting wares and buy a souvenir sweatshirt, seashell or bag of taffy. I have visited the Oregon Coast countless times – each stay is filled with rejuvenation, wonder and tranquility – but will always treasure this time spent at Newport when the experience was like a temporary cloud was lifted for my Mom as she battled cancer.