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Castles of sand

A spectator watches intently as Mike Custer moistens his work to help keep it from falling apart. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
 The builder failed to apply for the proper permits and construction is weak. It would never pass the stringent Brookings building inspections.

In fact, its survival through the weekend is dependent on the wind, tides, humidity and the possibility of vandalism.

The epic, “Lord of the Rings” style sandcastle is the creation of Mike Custer of Vancouver, Wash., who began work on the castle Monday while camping at Harris Beach State Park.

Custer is a former sandcastle contest winner, having won first prize in both individual entries and team competitions at the Sandsations sandcastle contest in Long Beach Peninsula, Wash.


Oh! How their gardens grow!

A guest enjoys a brief stop at the pond and waterfall in the Sunridge Terrace garden of John and Anna Caldwell. Photo by Majorie Woofin
The $10 passport to the Third Annual Coastal Garden and Art Tour Saturday, Aug. 1, provided 245 guests entrance to seven, widely diverse Brookings’ gardens, plus the opportunity to observe members of the Pelican Bay Arts Association (PBAA) in creative mode. At some gardens, music and culinary treats were also offered.


National Exposure

Redwoods attract national attention
 Redwoods are a fact of life for Southern Oregon and Northern California coast residents, who can see the world’s tallest trees anytime they like.

But for those that don’t live in the narrow strip of land from south of San Francisco to just over the Oregon border, the redwoods are a vacation destination.

They also frequently attract writers and filmmakers.


Stump’s location brings wonder

A postcard provides information about stump.
When I moved to Oregon last year, as we drove towards Brookings from Highway 199, I immediately noted the unusual street name, “Wonder Stump Road.”

We wondered, what was the Wonder Stump, and what made it so wonderful?

As we drove between Brookings and Crescent City, Calif., the street sign, located 11 miles south of the Oregon-California border on U.S. 101 continued to draw my attention.

My teenage children and I promised ourselves that we would find the Wonder Stump.



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