The coast! There is nothing like the smell of the salty ocean, the gusty beach messing up my hair, the tranquilizing music of the ocean waves crashing into the shore, and the courageous kite surfers. The northern Oregon coast is beautiful. Ace always loves being free to run on the beach and find large sticks or chunks of wood to carry around.
We stayed at the Nehealem State Park campground just south of Manzanita, Oregon. This was a descent campground equipped with yurts, a plethora of camp sites, and shower and toilet facilities. Our site (A31) was a paved back in site that had electrical and water. Plus, it had plenty of tree foliage cover from the trees. However, the trees weren’t groomed and we had to pay very close attention as we drove by them because were concerned they could scratch the roof and sides of the RV.
The spacious dump stations were easy to maneuver and located near the park check in station at the entrance. All of the sites had a fire pit and wood was available for a fee. There was a foot trail leading to the beach up and over a sand dune that about a quarter mile from our RV. Unfortunately, we did not have a view of the ocean from our RV because of the sand dune. But it did keep us sheltered from the high winds that come off the ocean.
The campground was full every night we stayed there and the turnover was high. It seemed as though every night we had a new neighbor on both sides of the RV. We were able to meet and hang out with some really cool people, even playing some ukulele on the beach at sunset. Good times!We took a day trip up to Ecola State Park and Cannon Beach. Everyone needs to have at least one piece of taffy while on the coast.
The nephews had to go check out the Tillamook Creamery, mostly because they wanted an ice cream cone but to also take a tour. We took the opportunity for a quick touristy photo. You can tell who wanted to be in the photo and who didn’t.
It was a nice state park and we would stay at this campground again if we are in the vicinity.