We here on The Central Oregon coast occasionally have to go into the valley for a variety of reasons. Sometimes for business, sometimes for fun. Well, last week I got to go for fun and that it was.

Heading out of Waldport on Hwy 34 on a beautiful day I was amazed at how green the foliage was. I know it’s Spring but it was breathtaking.

It was like entering a emerald wonderland. There was also no traffic on the usually busy Hwy, so there was time to enjoy the scenery without dodging traffic.

Easing into Corvallis, my destination, I encountered traffic. It wasn’t Waldport traffic but city traffic.

Even though it was a weekday, to me it seemed very busy and it was. With horns blaring, cars and trucks zipping by I felt like a real county bumpkin!

It was amazing at how close traffic was flying by as I got out my car to head to my destination, China Gate restaurant. I met my friends and we proceeded to eat and jabber for what seemed to be hours.

When you don’t see each other often, time flies when you do. Finally it was time to hit the road back to Waldport.

As I left Corvallis and hit Hwy 34 I realized how much I was looking forward to the trip back home. As much as I’d enjoyed my day I was looking forward to being home in Waldport once again!

Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!”He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked.I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online.However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels.So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!