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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Summer Trip 2021, Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, Florence, Oregon

 Oregon Dunes National Recreations Area

Lagoon Campground 

At an elevation of 100 feet, the campground sits among shore pine and huckleberry along the Siltcoos Lagoon and the Siltcoos River. The campground is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering to 500 feet above sea level.

Our campsite at Oregon Dunes

Carter Lake

We enjoyed hiking to the beach over the sand dunes. The dunes rise to over 100 feet from the wind coming in over the Pacific ocean. The cool air kept us bundled up as the average high was in the upper sixties with lows approaching 50 degrees at night. This is a special area full of the kind of beauty you find out here on the Oregon coast off of Hwy 101.

Carter Lake 

On the beach next to Carter Lake

Climbing the dunes to the Pacific Ocean

The following images are of the Pacific Ocean once we climbed over the dunes

One of the places nearby that we explored were the unique Sea Lion Caves just north of Florence. We marveled at the Stellar Sea Lions that come here to find refuse from their routines at sea and to socialize. We meet the owners, Steve and Sue Saulbert, as they strolled through Carter Lake campground one morning with their beautiful dog Cowboy. What a special couple. We had a great conversation. Steve and Sue gave us their card which we used to get free admission to the Sea Lion Caves. I always say it just is not the place that you are so blessed to visit it is the people you meet who make it special. We have been blessed to meet so many nice folks on are travels this year.

 The Pacific Ocean on the coast of Oregon as you drive up the coast on Highway 101 is a spectacular journey. We enjoyed the scenery all along the way.  

The Heceta Lighthouse

Meyers Creek Beach

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