Welcome to my Netarts Blog. My name is Daniel Ryan and i grew up in Netarts. This is my blog.


Netarts Amazing Landscape

I spent my childhood wandering around Netarts and in particular Netarts Bay with my best friend Jay Brown – I have not seen Jay for 30 years but still remember the amazing sea life and hide outs we discovered . These memories stay with me to this day. We found crabs, the odd bald eagle and fished for days on end – an amazing place and an amazing childhood.

There is an important need to ensure the Netarts environment is preserved and saved for future generations to enjoy. Many have enjoyed crabbing, swimming or just breathing in the wonderful Netarts air and it is important the environment remains sustainable.

John, a long time visitor to Netarts commented to me recently saying (on the subject of sustainable environments and communities), “i have had similar experience for over 20 years trying to create a sustainable yet economically viable community….i am not giving up either, but adjusting and refining as i go….still not there yet, but what i am learning is that each one of us is at different levels and stages of being ready for change and evolution and sustainable living and the group mind experience/experimnent….even us community leaders need to adjust our positions at times and be flexible so, if we can find others at about the same level of knowledge, capability or responsibility with nature and then operate with consensus instead of a leader, we can attempt to move on to higher levels of awareness of environmental consciousness . At some point in time leadership gets in the way of taking the next step – the shift out of leadership is nearly impossible for 99 out of a hundred, including us community leader types….if you are truly tired of being the leader, study consensus decision making and turn the place over to a non-profit consensus land trust and be one of the consensus board members and see if you are ready for that level of non-leadership….it may take some time to find others interested in being equal partners in  consensus, as it is fairly new to most peoples awareness, but if nothing else it will be a great spiritual experience….there may still be some who come and go, but if you find just one passionate about consensus non-leader paradigm and are open enough yourself to letting go of leadership, the sky is the limit. Remember that saying, “whenever two or more of us are gathered, eh????….. – thanks John.


Pat B , a friend of 25 years and long time and passionate friend of the Oregon Coast wrote a somewhat despairing letter to the local paper:

Dear Editor
I am unsatisfied with the current state of the world and wish to take action to amend the injustices I see. Of all the issues presently in the news oil, energy, and the price of human life seem to be common themes. I have therefore drawn the conclusion that perhaps the underlying cause of theses injustices is this worlds’ addiction to nonrenewable resources, including fossil fuels. It seems clear then that the most effective method of securing this country against terrorism, and stabilizing our social, economic, and environmental, conditions is to move away from an energy system based on nonrenewable resources, to a community based renewable energy system. Five minutes on the internet will prove to
anyone that the energy in the sun, wind, water, in the garbage we throw away, and the earth itself are capable of  providing a better quality energy sources for our homes, businesses, and to help us get around. Oregon and Portland are lucky to finally have individuals in public office that understand the word sustainability and are willing to act to manifest it.
In acting on my personal beliefs to break America’s addiction I have chosen to assist in the ongoing work toward freeing Oregon as an example to the rest of the world. Recent events have raised public awareness about their consumption habits and the true price of their continued dependence on nonrenewable resources. People are beginning to understand where their power comes from beyond the switch and the pump, and they are beginning to make change. To help
facilitate that change I have created a discussion group to pool information and resources about sustainability, and how we can make Oregon an oil-free state. Working together we will make a difference.

People are passionate about Netarts and our part of the world and rightly so!

Crabbing at Netarts – I have spent hundreds of happy hours crabbing at Netarts. I found this clip on youtube – brings back memories!!

Love Netarts? Have an interesting story – i would love to post some community posts on my blog – drop me a line if you are interested.



Quick update – i bought a V.W.!!  Yes , very excited – i am planning a trip now to Melbourne and maybe up to Sydney. I bought the trusty V.W. for A$3800 – pretty good i think. The one i owned years ago at Netarts cost me more 15 years ago, so i think i was real lucky!Its got a fridge, 2 beds, cooker,T.V. – everything i need ! One more thing, the owner put two 75 watt solar panels on the roof – he is very knowledgeable about solar power and has extensive knowledge as you can see at his website. The solar panels feed into a small solar inverter and that solar electricity feeds my appliances – simple and effective. Solar power in Adelaide is booming due to Government feed in tariffs i am told. The solar panels produce electricity from around 10 am to 4pm – they are mounted on the roof – looks cool and i have a green energy, self reliant power source now!It came with with two deep cycle batteries and can run a 550 watt microwave oven with a 1200 watt inverter. I have to agree with that others who talk about about getting a real portable fridge.My domestic is as moody as my ex. I ALWAYS bring a 48 qt ice chest. I guess the V.W. engines are ok until you have to get it services in S.A.. I’ve heard they can give you a bad time when they find out your playing musical motors. The EPA in Australia  is only going to get worse with people as they are very ‘green”. Just food for thought, I would rather have someone just build my stock Vanagon engine and your still original.

People are so passionate about V.W’s – check out this youtube clip (not solar powered, runs off the alternator by the looks)


Pete Matthews is a friend of 40+ years, also originally from Netarts, but moved away in the 19080′ and now resides in Port Adelaide, Australia , see http://www.portenf.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=644 for more information – a great spot!. He gets back to Netarts every couple of years and invited my, on his last trip, to visit in 2012, Adelaide and stay a while. So as i write i am looking out at Semaphore beach to the North of the City of Adelaide. Pete’s a mad V.W. fan and has been since his hippy days in the 60′s. I feel very nostalgic around old V.W’s as i too grew up on them, particularly Westfalias. If you don’t know what one is , and im sure you will when you see the photo below , read this Westfalia. As i am staying in Australia for 3-4 months i thoght i would check out buying one. In Australia, it seems, there is clearly a price premium for the Westfalias. Owning a westfalia is terrific, but owning ANY VW bus or van can be terrific. You might be just as happy with an 86-90 non-camper Vanagon with the fold down seat in the back and the middle seat removed. Some might even find that to be the best sleep in the van VW since the back seat folded down is a nice wide bed with sit up headroom. While having all the built-ins is great: cabinets, sink, stove are pretty good, there are things to consider. The fridge is a bit of a joke. You may decide you really don’t want to cook meals inside the van: oils, smells, cleanup canall become issues. In fact you may decide that even if you have a stove inside that you actually will get a used coleman 2 burner for cooking outside anyways because what can be better than really getting outside and cooking up dinner. My son is an avid camper, climber, skier and he takes the Syncro as his trusty rusty bivisack. He has a choice. He packs up water in jugs/bottles, has several stoves including a jet stove for heating up the perfect cup of tea, and his gear/clothing are in an array of packs. He takes a tent, he frequently sleeps outside the van to really get the most our of camping. They routinely sleep 3 in the back during winter/wet conditions: head to toe in sleeping bags on the fold down seat. I recommend the Vanagons to newbies, and usually the 86 onward models that have had at least one really good rebuild. Feel free to email me directly to discuss the reasons, we don’t need to start one of the old avalanches of email on the mailing list. If you do go the bus route get someone who really knows the VW bus to go with you or take it to your local VW expert shop and pay the cost of a thorough evaluation. If you are looking for deep nostalgia, get a bus, there is no substitute. Look at this beauty:

VW Westfalia - Netarts blog