Back in late July and early August, we finished a long trip down and up the Oregon coast. Near the end of the trip: South Beach State Park (in Newport).
Here is a thing to know about South Beach State Park: if you want to walk on the beach, you must traverse a stretch of dunes with very soft sand to get there (and to get back to the campground). It can be tiring, especially if you’re carrying a weary terrier.
The beach itself is lovely, running south for many miles–the north end of the park borders a jetty that helps shepherd the tidal currents between Yaquina Bay and the Pacific.
You can get to the beach with a little less effort if you find the right path — the ADA-compliant one that leads to this nifty boardwalk.
There are no pictures here of the campground. Why is this? Because, although the campground is perfectly fine and lovingly maintained by those trusty Oregon State Park rangers, it’s really just a place to set up and sleep so you can be at the beach. It’s fine, but unremarkable as a campground. In a good way!
It’s fair to say that these beach campgrounds are packed in the summertime. Why wouldn’t they be? Still, they are not the place to go for solitude and quiet contemplation, unless you bring a blindfold and noise-suppressing headphones. They are good, however, for people-watching, and possibly social experiments you could try, like asking people who they plan to vote for. Go ahead, try that. No, don’t.
We spent most of this 3-night stay visiting with friends and relatives, and there’s no reason to drag them down to our level by featuring them here. We did get a chance to walk to the jetty and back one day, though; there’s a nice multi-purpose trail leading to it.
One morning we quietly packed up and headed north and, finally, away from the coast, toward our final stop before home. It was L. L. “Stub” Stewart State Park, west of Portland and, we would later learn, just south of the poorest route choice we’ve made to-date.
Yes. When we left Stewart Park, we kept going north. This was an error.
No. You don’t want to tow anything on this road. More on that later.Sharing is caring!
Following is daring.