The Oregon Coast
The southern Oregon Coast is filled with great coastal views. We enjoyed the drive so much that we made it all the way to Gold Beach before we decided it was time to stop. Rather than camping on the beach, we decided to try the Four Seasons campground on the Rogue River. We selected a spot overlooking the river and enjoyed some fantastic scenery.
The May flies had just hatched and it was fun to watch the swallows at dusk diving for the flies. They looked like fighter planes over the water. We were amazed that the birds didn't run into each other.

Agate Beach
We enjoy rock hounding, so we decided to check out Agate Beach. We stopped at Otter Point State Wayside and hiked out to the cliffs. The wildflowers were beautiful and the natural arch was interesting, but there was no beach access. Next, we headed down a backroad and found a pull-out. From there, we hiked to the beach. Although we only found a few good agates, we enjoyed the hike down to the beach and the walk along the water.

Next, we headed south for some tide pooling, but we were disappointed with the places we explored.

We took a trip to the small town of Bandon. Although the weather was rainy, we enjoyed our walk around the shows. We particularly liked the art galleries that were filled with wonderful Northwest artwork. We spent some time in the kayak shop talking to the owner about the advantages of kayaks over canoes.

The next day we left the campground and headed north.

Beverly Beach State Park
We stopped for the night at Beverly Beach State Park campground. This beautiful campground is across the road from the beach in a wooded area. The campsites have a picnic table and lots of room between sites. We'll go back to this campground!
We decided to give tide pooling another try, so we headed to Yaquina Head. This BLM area contains a nice lighthouse, tide pool area, lots of birds, and even seals. We spent some time exploring the tide pools and found lots of starfish, crabs, and sea anemones.

Although we enjoyed our trip, it was time to move north toward Washington. We headed across Highway 20 through Portland and up to Vancouver.

Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 7/01.
Updated 5/02.
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