Return with me now to last month’s sojourn down-and-up the Oregon Coast, okay? Our second stop on the southbound leg was at Beachside State Recreation Area, just south of Waldport, Oregon. This would be only 3.5 hours (or so) of driving from our first campsite at Nehalem Bay State Park, so we took our time — stopping after only an hour to check out this nice rest area.
Back on the road and soon we reached our destination. I couldn’t remember exactly what kind of campsite I had reserved — surely the best I could manage, but it’s always a crapshoot. Anyway, we were really pleased to find:
It was an interesting, three-night visit. We have family and friends in the area, so there was plenty of socializing. We spent our spare time staring at and/or walking on the sand. The campground abuts seven uninterrupted miles of beach-walking bliss (the interruptions in this part of the world are usually river or bay mouths). I think we did the only true fitness-type walking of our trip while at this campground.
I guess you can’t really do a coastal trip without running into kites. One breezy day, while a longtime friend from back in our Apple Computer days in the 80s and 90s visited with us at the campground, these popped up. Or flew up.
Beachside is a smaller campground, and doesn’t have much in the way of Day Use facilities. Maybe that’s why it’s called a State Recreation Area and not a State Park. It was the quietest of the places we visited, and that might be why it was one of our favorites.
We heard about a food truck in nearby Waldport that has top-rated burgers. But Chubby Burgers closed an hour before we got there. We’ll have to try it another time.
Beachside doesn’t have sewer hookups or a dump station, but the State Parks let you use one at any park you like when you head out. Our next stop — at Bullard’s Beach State Park near Bandon — would have full hookups and was only a three-hour drive south. So we skipped that step, and didn’t miss it a bit.Sharing is caring!
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