Traffic congestion on Chetco Avenue and other areas of Brookings and Harbor is a sure sign of summer on the Southern Oregon Coast.
Legions of motor homes and other RVs track through town, often blocking visibility and slowing traffic to a crawl.
The ports, beaches, hiking trails and favorite swimming holes are more crowded than usual.
It’s easy for residents to become frustrated, experiencing a tad of tourist trauma.
But a little patience and tolerance is needed here. After all, many people who are now residents likely came here first as tourists.
There are some benefits to living in a place where people vacation.
Visitors, whether simply passing through or staying for awhile, help put dollars in merchants’ cash drawers, employees’ checks and, eventually, county and city coffers.
Also, the sheer enjoyment tourists experience while visiting our coast is a reminder of the beautiful place in which we live — and which residents often take for granted.
So next time you encounter a visitor, ask them what they think of our area. Chances are you’ll like what you hear and feel a little prouder of living in such a special place.
If this still doesn’t sooth the angst about tourists, maybe this will help:
After Labor Weekend, residents will have the beaches, river and roads all to themselves — during the best time of the year!