beach sunsetTillicum Beach, Oregon

October 5-7, 2012

Last year we went to Tillicum Beach Campground and it was cloudy and cold. This year, in October, we lucked upon glorious fall coastal weather. Sunny and near 70 during the day. But, of course, as soon as the sun set, it was time to layer up and huddle around the fire. It got down to 40 at night.

We came this time with our friend, Kelly, and her dog, Bella. There were a surprising number of campers for fall, and on Friday afternoon, all the sites overlooking the beach were taken. We found a nice corner site, though (32), with an ocean view, and had time for a quick beach walk and some sunset photos before dinner.

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site 31


It was nice that the campground doesn't take reservations after September, so the next day when we came back from the beach and found that our neighbors across the road had left, we just picked up our stuff, tent and all, and carried it across the road.

It was a primo site: a large grassy area with privacy bushes, just above the beach.




on the beach


The beach below stretched for miles. Plenty of sun, blue sky, and no wind, which is a rarity at the coast.

The dogs especially loved it. Bailey is still recuperating from a torn cruchet ligament, so she didn't do much zooming around, but you can see from her smile here how much she loved being there.



Kelly and Bella



Saturday afternoon, we drove just a few miles up the coast to Beaver Creek Natural Area, where there are miles of trails and gently moving waterways. We saw eagles, kingfishers, and cormorants.

It was Bella's first time in a boat, but she followed Bailey's lead and settled in perfectly.




Sunset on the BeachJuly 15-17 2011

Tillicum Beach Campground is four miles north of Yachats. We met our friends, Anita and Hillary, here at the tail end of their 30-day backpacking trip down the Oregon Coast. It was raining steadily when we arrived Friday night, but cleared enough Saturday that I could accompany them on the last leg of their trail. We hiked the beach and the 804 Trail to Yachats, where Kate picked us up.


Tillicum Beach campsite



Tillicum Beach Campground is a nice National Forest campground, with steps rigth down to the beach. Even though it was booked full, it was relatively quiet.


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