I moved from Indonesia to US in year 2006. My first 'vacation' here in US is the trip to Ocean Shores. Not far, just about 2 1/2 hours drive from where we lived. Went there with my husband.
It's very different from tropical beach. It's windy, it's cold, and not safe to play in the water. I wore jacket/coat :-) Anyway, it was sunny and beautiful.
We stayed at a timeshare condo. We walked along the beach during the day, saw a lot of driftwood/logs laying on the beach. In the evening we enjoyed the sunset view.. . I took a lot of pictures.
Several years after that, I digged the pictures out and made them as a reference for my oil paintings.
Sunset in Ocean Shore:
Log in the beach: