It took us 16 days to cover the ten states from Virginia to Idaho. We’ve since spent 16 days in Washington and Oregon. I guess the west coast agrees with us!
It rained all through the night at Cape Lookout State Park. Luckily we stayed warm and dry in the back of the Tahoe and someone with superior camping skills set up this sweet rain fly so we could stay drying while eating breakfast.
Before hitting the road we had to check out the beach (just steps from our campsite).
It was gloomy but beautiful!
On our way out of the park we made a quick stop to hike partway down the Cape Lookout trail. We’d caught a glimpse of the view from the road and wanted to see more.
The path was lovely — quiet and wooded.
And the view of the coast below was spectacular!
The plan for the day was about six hours of driving, stopping just shy of the California border at Harris Beach State Park. We were very impressed with the Oregon State Parks campgrounds, and wanted to get in one more night before heading into California, where the campgrounds were much more expensive.
The gloomy weather continued throughout our drive, but the views of the coast were still breathtaking.
When we arrived in Brookings, the little Oregon town just ten minutes from the California border, we were both tired and hungry and the sky continued threatening rain. Unenthusiastic about cooking in the rain, we opted for a delicious dinner at the Black Trumpet Bistro. The freshly-made herb bread was ah-mazing, and we both enjoyed our entrees (fettuccine alfredo for Ryan, marinara with zucchini noodles for me). From there we headed a couple of doors down to the local movie theater, where we saw (and loved) The Martian.
After enjoying what felt like a refreshingly normal dinner-and-a-movie night, we were seriously tempted to get a hotel room instead of heading to the campground. But a quick Priceline search failed to turn up any promising options, so we decided to suck it up and set up camp. Fortunately the facilities at Harris Beach were quite nice (the first heated bathrooms we’d encountered while camping, woo!) and we were comfy-cozy in no time!