Cape Perpetua, Oregon

Cape PerpetuaJuly 12-14, 2013

This trip was planned by our friends Kathy and Robin. And when Kathy made the reservations, she didn't realize she'd booked their anniversary date. Eighteen years ago, they were married exactly on this spot. And we were their "best women." So it was very fitting that we came here on this weekend.

I usually avoid the coast in the summer, because the warmer it is inland, the foggier and cold it is on the beach. It was definitely cooler, but bright and sunny.

river view

 

We were joined by Kathy and Robin's son, Josh, who just finished his first year at Gunnison University in Colorado, and by our mutual friend's daughter, Hannah, who is getting ready to start her freshman year at Emmerson College in Boston. We all used to camp together when the kids were young, so it felt like a family reunion.

 

 

 

maple trees

Although Cape Perpetua Point is on a high overlook, the campground is down below, along a flat road between a steep rise and a rushing stream. We found it to be a nice quiet place. Mostly tent campers and only a couple RVs.

We had sites 7 and 8, which were quite spacious with a nice lawn in between, but the site next to us was literally a few feet from our teardrop. We waited anxiously to see who our intimate neighbors would be. A noisy or rude group could ruin our experience.

Bailey

 

 

We were delighted to see two nice-looking young women put up a small tent next to us. After a day of pleasant exchanges, we invited them to join our campfire and really enjoyed getting to know them. Ginger is from California, and Caroline is from France. They were having a road trip together before they went off to Paris and Boston for grad school. They joined us again for breakfast and were so glad to have met them.

 

 

maple trees

One of the great things about this campground is its proximity to great spots on the coast. On Saturday, we took a short hike to tidepools, Spouting Horn, and Devil's Churn. Below Devil's Churn was a beautiful beach we had all to ourselves.

After lunch, we took a 10-minute drive to Heceta Head Beach and toured the newly renovated lighthouse. It had just opened up again after nearly a year of being repaired.

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