Oregon Coast, Part Deux (Day 31)

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.

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And the view of the coast below was spectacular!

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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.

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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!


I’m the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I’m a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.


  1. Envy you guys. Such an adventure and such beautiful sites to see.
    if you are in our neck of the woods, Cave Creek, AZ just north of Phoenix, come and stay with us. Plenty of room and a good place to refresh. Cave Creek is a small cowboy town, a little touristy but darling and plenty of hiking trails and places to see. There is a hiking trail right behind us on a small mountain. Camping on Lake Pleasant or Bartlett Lake neither very far from Interstate 17. Of course if you are in the area the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff are 2 1/2 hours from us and Sedona is a must see. Jerome is an old revived mining ghost town and I hear lots of fun. It is on a winding mountain road and built on the side of the mountain and big Charlie will not go there, he is afraid of heights. Glad you are living the dream. “O”

    1. Hi Aunt Odelle, thanks! We’re really enjoying it. Your place sounds beautiful–we’d love to come visit! We’re actually planning on being out that way in the spring sometime. Tell Uncle Charlie we said hi!

  2. finally just got caught up on all your adventures! Been trying to read it ever since you sent the link! I know this log will mean a lot to you both when you are done (well, at least done with America!) Great job! Loads of fun! Miss you <3

  3. Yes…the rain…the main reason everyone in America isn’t living there. But SO beautiful. The prettiest town on the coast is Yachats…in case you ever go back. it also has the best bakery on the coast. So glad you like it.

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