September 30, 2023

Hey Everybody. Sorry to be the bearer of dangerous information, however summer season 2023 is formally over. RB40Jr will begin college on Wednesday so he has only a couple extra days left. Summer season wrapped up completely this 12 months, although. We went tenting on the seaside final week and had a good time. It was very nice to get out of Portland. Life is fairly aggravating within the huge metropolis. There are plenty of issues right here. It’s good to get out and expertise the calm and delightful components of Oregon. It was a lot enjoyable.

Let me share our getaway with you.

Newport Oregon

Our first cease was Newport, OR. We at all times attempt to cease for lunch at our favourite restaurant on the coast – Native Ocean. I had a crab salad roll. Mrs. RB40 had fried oysters, her standard. RB40Jr had a crab po’boy. They have been all superior. Though, I feel the crab po’boy is best than the crab salad roll. The mayo and varied greens diluted the crab essence an excessive amount of.

Thor’s Effectively at Cape Perpetua

Our subsequent cease was Thor’s Effectively at Cape Perpetua. This space was so neat! I don’t know why we by no means stopped by earlier than. It’s a sinkhole that alternately gushes and drains water. Truly, it appeared fairly scary if somebody have been to fall in there. There was additionally a geyser-like blow gap and some surf channels. The rocks right here have been worn away in such fascinating methods.

Sundown Bay State Park

Alright, on to our campsite – Sundown Bay State Park. This was on the Oregon central coast. We splurged and bought a yurt on this journey. The yurt was spacious and clear. The park stated it will possibly sleep 8, however it was good for 3. The restrooms have been actually clear at this campsite too. The yurt price simply $50 per evening. That’s an important deal on the coast.

The campsite was proper subsequent to Sundown Seashore. The water was very calm there. I feel there’s a reef that protects the seaside from sturdy surf. It was an important spot to kayak, SUP, or simply chill out.

RB40Jr discovered a pal to construct a sand citadel with. He requested to revisit it twice to see if it withstood the tides.

I made ribs the day before today and warmed it up on the fireplace. Mrs. RB40 made cornbread muffins. We additionally had coleslaw to prime off the meal. Yum!

Cape Arago

Funnily, this was the 4th time we stayed at this campsite. Nonetheless, we didn’t discover a lot on the earlier visits. It was only a pit cease on the best way residence from California. This time, we determined to remain for five nights and discover the realm extra. This was an important determination as a result of this coastal space has so many issues to see and lots of actions to take pleasure in.

Sundown Bay State Park is on the Cape Arago Freeway. There are extra than simply good seashores there. A couple of miles down the street is the Shore Acres State Park. The botanical backyard there’s stunning. After that, we went to the Simpson Reef Overlook.

There have been a bunch of seals, sea lions, and birds at Simpson Lookout. Volunteers arrange recognizing scopes and we may see the ocean lions and seals up shut. It was superior. That island within the background was stuffed with sea lions. They’re so noisy and enjoyable to observe. We actually loved observing them in nature.

Lastly, the Cape Arago State Park has a number of trails the place you possibly can go right down to the coast. There’s additionally viewpoint to see wildlife.

We noticed some very cute deer.

The Oregon Dunes

One more reason why I needed to revisit this space was the dunes. On earlier journeys, we hiked up the dunes however by no means bought very far. This time, we rented a dune buggy and drove round. It was enjoyable, however a bit too scary for me. I nearly drove off the again facet of 1 dune. Yikes! That edge was a 10-foot drop straight down. Mrs. Rb40 stated it appeared greater than 10 toes. Anyway, it was cool to see how expansive the dunes have been.

Mountaineering round on the dunes was extra our pace. We visited Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park. You may hike up the dunes and experience a sandboard down. Sadly, the rental store was closed once we visited, regardless that the signal stated they have been presupposed to be open. We’ll come again one other day with a board. The lake was very nice, too. There have been many households there having fun with the water. Subsequent time, we’ll carry a SUP as properly.

Wrap Up

5 nights of RISK…Mrs. RB40 says this was worse than Monopoly.


All in all, this was our greatest tenting journey ever. We noticed various wildlife, loved campfires each evening, hiked, slept in, learn, explored the dunes, and had a good time. Sadly, summer season is over and actual life awaits. It’s time for RB40Jr to prepare for college. Mrs. RB40 has a few enterprise journeys arising. I bought a bunch of stuff to repair round the home. Oh properly, not less than we had a pleasant summer season.

Did you will have an important summer season too? What did you do that 12 months?

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