One of my goals this summer was to try to catch up on my blog. We’ve had a busy start to the season as our son graduated from Oregon State.  He accepted a job in Boise, so we helped him pick up and move by driving the U-Haul for him. We are finally settling down into a slower summer routine which I am very much looking forward to.

So, going back in time, my goal is to highlight some fun weekend adventures over the past year. I’ll start with a New Year adventure in Florence, Oregon.

This is a part of the state we haven’t visited often. It’s a three-hour drive from our home in Portland – just a bit too far to drive for the weekend. We decided to head out for a little exploring since I had time off for Christmas vacation. The weather was predicted to be cold, but sunny. We didn’t have reservations but felt confident that we’d find something since it was the off-season. We were prepared to dry camp if needed. Luckily, we stumbled upon this jewel of a campground. Some of the sites back right up to the private beach. The view was spectacular!

The beach here is private which meant that we were the only people out wandering around the majority of the time. The variety of agates that we found were incredible. We had purchased a rock tumbler for one of our kids when they were younger and we’ve spent a lot of time on beach trips, combing for the perfect rocks. We’ve never seen the size of variety of agates that we found at this little beach!

There’re so many places to explore nearby. The Heceta Lighthouse is a fun hike and great way to spend the afternoon. The little town of Yachtas is also fun and had some of the best pizza we’ve ever had.

Woke up our last morning to freezing temperatures and frost and ended up having to leave a day early as we knew the mountain passes were going to get slippery. We made it home just before a huge snow storm (by Oregon standards!)



Looking forward to a return trip this winter!