We arrived in Oregon on a rainy, grey, chilly day. It definitely felt like home, and an appropriate welcome back to the Pacific Northwest. We stopped just after the border at a beautiful welcome center at Crissey Field. The ladies volunteering there were gems, and it was a beautiful visitor center, with informative and interactive exhibits about the local marine wildlife. Good job, Oregon.
We drove past a sea stack arch, and had to stop to take a photo, but boy oh boy, the weather was terrible!
We discovered a few days before heading back to Oregon that basically all of the state parks on the coast with campgrounds had yurts to rent. Since the weather had pretty much permanently turned for the worse, this seemed a very inviting option, so we tried one out at Bullards Beach State Park.
This was the perfect solution to our wet camping problem. We could still feel like we were camping, we had all the right equipment, including bedding, we would still be in beautiful places near the coast, and the cost of the yurts was significantly less than hotels would have been. And we would be warm and dry! Hooray! That first night in our yurt, we learned to play cribbage, and created a bit of a monster in Charlie, who took to the game right away…
In the morning, we were surprised during breakfast by a flock of wild turkeys. They wandered into our campsite and hung around for a while, making funny little noises and pecking at the ground.
Before we left, we checked out the historic lighthouse in the park and found a slimy friend.
Our second yurt stay was at William Tugman State Park at Eel Lake, just north of Coos Bay.
Eel lake is a beautiful, peaceful freshwater lake where folks like to fish. They have a steelhead nursery there, and the lake was named because of a preponderance of….eels. On our visit, it was calm, misty, and mysterious. We enjoyed the quiet.
We met a few amphibious friends here.
Our third yurt stay was at South Beach State Park, just South of Newport
While in the area, we visited Depoe Bay, where there is a whale watching station with volunteers to answer questions and man a series of interpretive exhibits. Brad spotted a spout way out and the volunteer said it was the first they’d been able to see in 3 days due to the nasty weather. Hooray!
We also visited the Hatfield Marine Science Center, which was AWESOME! It’s a by-donation place, and they had amazing things for the kids to do and learn. What a great thing to do on a rainy afternoon!
While at our yurt stay at South Beach State Park, we just happened to look up at night to find a clear sky and a lunar eclipse going on! What luck!
We explored the beach at South Beach State Park a bit before heading up to our next yurt stay…it was a beautiful expansive sandy beach!
Yurts are awesome! We all agree. You can stay toasty and warm, and DRY (they have electric heaters!), and they have lights, and mattresses, and covered porches! Oregon, you gotta good thing going here! We might need to spend some future summer going from yurt to yurt (which is what we did for our 5 nights in Oregon).