The weather was beautiful this past Thanksgiving weekend and we had looked forward to enjoying the exquisite beauty of Long Beach with family and friends. This was not to be.

As we rode our bikes to the beach, gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs were playing leapfrog in an effort to be the first on the beach for claming season. We witnessed a near head-on collision of two trucks because one didn't have the patience to wait to pass us when it was safe. Not to mention all the horns beeping at us in the rush to get to the beach and dig. And when we got to the beach, its beauty was desecrated by a sea of SUVs and trucks rushing up and down the beach.

Our family, friends and credit cards will be going to the Oregon coast next time where they don't allow cars on the beach.

Sara and Russell Maier

Yakima

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