I have reservations…

IBC poster-v10I’m going to the 6th Annual International Beachcombing Conference along the Washington coast. It sounded like such a good idea when I signed up: a week on the mainland in the Pacific Northwest, beachcombing with my friend Deacon (Dr. Beachcomb). She assured me I’d be meeting really cool people and learning tons.

So I signed up, used frequent flyer points for my flight, and Marriott Frequent stayer points for the night in Seattle coming in and going out. And through Hotwire, I signed up for a Mystery car for $13/night. I was set. I had my reservations.

Then I got a pre-conference message from a woman who lives on the beach near the conference center. It gave me pause.

The time of the conference in early October is a tough one to predict weather-wise. We are just starting to get storms off the coast, so it could either be in the 50s with some sun and light mist or full-on-squall…Here are the key things I would bring:

* Sturdy walking shoes or boots

* Rain boots…but if you are trying to pack light, go with a smaller hiking boot

* Extra shoes, in case your beach shoes get soaked

* Good socks: cotton as well as a warmer sock…I bring an extra pair on long beach walks, in case I need to swap out.

* Jeans and or hiking pants. Bring at least two pairs, as one may get soaked if we have weather issues

* Yoga pants: Great for layering under or wearing alone. This is the Washington Coast, we have NO shame!

* Layering tops: I almost always wear a long sleeve shirt or long underwear top, a fleece and my raincoat. The fleece and raincoat are KEY out here. Be sure your raincoat is actually waterproof.

* I have a packable down jacket that I live in from about mid-September on. If you have something like that or a vest, grab it.

* Hat: it gets windy on the coast, so a hat is a must, especially for early am & pm.

* Gloves: I love beachcombing, but hate cold hands. I typically wear a light weight liner-type glove or a pair of gardening gloves when on the coast…Not a must have, but if you have some around, bring them!

* While there is a chance the weather will be “warm” it’s not really shorts weather warm. Jean and a short sleeve shirt would be as light as you would want to go. And I am not even sure about that short sleeved shirt.

I hope that helps. Really, layering is key. At least three layers for top: shirt/fleece/raincoat and making sure your shoes are meant for rough weather. Sneakers are fine if you are okay with them getting wet and have an extra pair to swap out. I like a firmer sole because out beaches are rocky and it’s easier on my feet. I also get really cold, so I tend to wear ear coverings all the time (little headband ear warmer deals), but I am a wimp.

Five layers: silk undershirt, shirt, polar-tec zippered jacket, down vest and rain jacket

Five layers: silk undershirt, shirt, polar-tec zippered jacket, down vest and rain jacket

Full-on squall? Of course, living on the wet side of the Big Island, I do have a rain jacket. But she’s talking three pair of specialized footwear and the sturdiest I have are a pair of athletic shoes. I don’t own any jeans or hiking pants (what are those?), though I’m good on the yoga pants if she means something with an elastic waistband. I did buy beachcombing gloves the last time I was out with Deacon. Thank God I didn’t get rid of my down vest, though I had planned to sell it at one of my garage sales back in Wisconsin.

She thinks she is a weather wimp. Weather is the main reason why I moved to Hawai‘i in the first place. This email scared me, but it’s too late to back out now; I have reservations.

But I also have serious reservations…


For more about my adventures at the IBC, see Be a kid again, The passionate beachcomber, and Blown Away – Damon Point and Ruby Beach.


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About Diane Scheurell

I'm a writer and author. Check out my book, Manifesting Paradise on Amazon, and my blog, ManifestingParadise.com. I talk about Hawaii and the transformation tools I used to achieve my dreams.
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8 Responses to I have reservations…

  1. Barbara Cavalier says:

    Wonderful!!! Can’t wait to read more….

    Will also respond soon to your email to me just to catch up.

    Much love,


  2. Malia True says:

    You are good at making lemonade. I’m sure you will have a great time.

  3. Sally says:

    You are SUCH a WIMP!! But aren’t you having fun?!

  4. Kathy says:

    Diane you are so funny!!!! Going to the Seattle area in October???!!! Our daughter Erica lived in Seattle for a dozen yrs & SWORE that all the rain we heard about was just a myth – they actually had nice weather too….yeah, right. She just wanted us to visit her. 🙂

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