Beachside State Park Campground
Memorial Day: Rain, rain...clouds, then more rain! We drove from Bullard State Park just north of Bandon north on Highway 101 Monday through rain, mist and clouds. In better weather, we would have lingered at Heceta Lighthouse, or some of the coastal viewpoints. When the low clouds cleared enough to even see the waves, we did pause occasionally, but we merely watched the wave action and the sea gulls from the dry side of the windows.
We arrived at Beachside State Park, 17 miles south of Newport, during a lull in the wet weather, thankfully --always easier to maneuver an RV into its home without the raindrops. Beachside lives up to its name, the sites on loop C are just yards from the wide sandy beach, and we are soothed by the ever-present roar of the waves. One of the other sites just down the drive from ours is reputed to be the best-view camp spot on all of Oregon. Restrooms and showers here are clean and nice with plenty of hot water. This being mid-week, the park campground is quiet with few neighbors.
The weather cleared some on Tuesday, and we walked the beach a couple of times. At low tide, we could walk further north than we had energy, I'm guessing more than two miles. And, the same distance going south seemed possible. Our puppy, Sammie, began stopping at every piece of shell she spied, and we tried to teach her those things were not chewing material. She shied from getting her feet wet in a couple of little streams running across the beach, but with coaxing, and mom & dad striding away, she managed to conquer the fear. Despite the clouds, there is nothing like fresh brisk air and rolling surf to love being on the Oregon coast.
There are bunnies at this campground, fascinating to Sammie, and whimsical to me.