In case you didn't notice that I was gone last week, I was. The family took a beach break. We headed down to Lincoln City, OR and when you head to the Oregon Coast you always plan for rain and cold; even in August. Thankfully God decided to bless us with some beautiful weather. It was only windy the first two days and the sun came out everyday! Now don't get me wrong, the ocean water was still ice numbingly cold but we were able to wear shorts and short sleeves while playing in the sand every afternoon.
Today I'll give you a little photo tour of the beach we played on in Lincoln City and then I'll share a couple of fun family activities for vacationing on the Central Oregon Coast. Let's get going!
The beach that we visited daily was all sand when the tide was in, but when the tide was out large rocks were exposed and there were lots of fun tide pools to explore. In the picture directly above, you can see how when the tide is out a literal drop off is exposed; the difference between high and low tide here was amazing, two totally different beaches in one place.
Like I said earlier, the ocean water was ice numbingly cold, but we were fortunate to find the D-Sands beach where the D River cuts across the beach on it's way to the ocean. A little Lincoln City Trivia for you here, the D River is the shortest river in either North America or the World... so much for trivia when I can't remember the answer. In any case, because it's so short and shallow it was like a natural kiddie pool.
This tiny river is littered with young children playing, the girls loved it and we had a good time there too.
Just south of Lincoln City, there is a fun little family hike to Drift Creek Fall. It's a 3 mile roundtrip hike, easy enough that 3 year old P was able to walk at least half of the hike. At the end of your hike down you're rewarded by a beautiful suspension bridge and a small waterfall.
Your adventurous big kids, or husband, can climb the large rocks at the base of the waterfall to get an even closer look at the waterfall. We packed a lunch and ate it at the bottom of the falls before heading back up to the car.
Phoebe also enjoyed our trip down to Newport to see the lighthouses. We ate down on the historic bay front after visiting the two local lighthouses. This made for a nice day out for us since we had to make it north to Lincoln City for a nap.
Another fun place we visited was Devil's Punch Bowl, between Depot Bay and Newport. When the tide is out there are lots of tide pools teaming with starfish and caves to explore as well.
Finally, on a windy day, the Oregon Coast is the ideal place to fly a kite (that's why you kind find kite stores literally littering Hwy 101 up and down the coast). Our first day in town, Kyle picked up an inexpensive stunt kite for himself and a "key chain" kite for P. I highly recommend the key chain kite for entertaining preschoolers and younger grade schoolers. It's a kite that doesn't have sticks or poles and literally packs into a little pouch that can go on a key chain. As you can see below, a little one can run around flying it on their finger or mom/dad can attach the string and it can be flown like a normal kite. Our preschooler preferred flying it on her hand.
As you can see, we had quite the trip full of good outdoor fun for a 1 and 3 year old: family hiking, playing on the beach and site seeing. We can't wait to head back to the Oregon Coast for another family vacation.
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