Escaping the summer heat at the coast

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Cape Lookout State Park: The beach at the park with Cape Lookout in the distance.

WIth the temperatures in the 90's at home we saw that we had a three day weekend coming up and that the Oregon Coast was basking in the lower 60's.  And since it is only a 4 hour drive from our home in Bend, Oregon we were looking to get to the coast to cool down and to be near the ocean again.  Our plan was to find a campground to spend the night at.  The Oregon State campgrounds are run on an online reservation system so you can check to see if there are any sites available (or you can book 2-3 months in advance)  Our Hope was to find something near Pacific City or Cape Lookout State park. 

We shopped for groceries at the safeway store in Lincoln City and began our campground search by heading north towards Pacific City.

Cape Lookout State Park: The beach at the park.
We got to Pacific City and saw the Beautiful Cape Kiwanda state park.  (no camping there though- just day use)  Cape Kiwanda forms a small cape that has sand dunes in it that make it interesting.  We were told that there is a county park somewhere here just inland from Pacific City but we were looking for a more coastal experience so we thought we would keep trying.  Just north of Pacific city is Whalen Island, a County Park that has camping sites.  They all seemed pretty open to each other so that was kept in mind if we got desperate.   Next we passed by a private campground called Thousand Trails that actually would have been a good possibility, but we were being greedy and wanted the best.
Netarts Bay.
  Thousand trails was on the other side of the road from the beach and there are trails crossing the road to get to the beach.  For obvious reasons we passed by Sand Lake (It is an OHV play area) and moved on up to Cape Lookout State Park.  We thought we would give it a drive through to see if there were any cancellations.  The sigh said FULL but we stopped at the gate anyway.  Julie got out and walked up to the entrance station and talked to the people.   And guess what?  They had a cancellation so we had a camp spot.  We got our spot set up and then decided to go stock up on some ice for our ice chest and find a few beers.  We were told that Netarts has a store and that would be about the only place to go.  We found two stores in Netarts.
Cape Lookout State Park: A foggy walk down the beach.
  There is one beside the road that was pretty small but pretty close by on the side street is another one that has a pretty good selection of groceries.

From there we thought we would explore a little ways down the road to Oceanside.  Oceanside turned out to be a really cool spot.  It has a nice beach, houses placed carefully on the hillside and a few hotels and restaurants.  Not much more.  It is just a magical looking place to spend some time.  (We will come back here later in another blog entry)

Back at the campground the fog is settling in and it is rather cool.  Yes it is 90 degrees back home but it seems to be about 60 degrees here.  We take a walk along the beach at the campgound.  It is foggy and cool but it is great to be on the sea shore.  Quite the break, but with a campfire to cook our beef kebabs over it makes for a nice night in camp. 

gejah says:
it is so nice, for you it is "only" 4 hours drive. To us, living in Holland it means Far!! In 1 1/2 hour we are at the sea. But still it is far for us! Because we have a small country and not used to such distances!
Posted on: Nov 02, 2009
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