Our favorite place to visit in Oregon is Lincoln City. Considering we’ve only taken a handful of trips around here, this fact might change, but we’ve visited twice now and we still haven’t seen all the place has to offer.

During our first visit, we spent quite a bit of time at the beach. While driving in, we stopped at Road’s End State Recreation Site. It was chilly that morning, so we didn’t sit or wade, but we did walk around and take pictures and test the texture of water-sodden sand. We saw joggers and people with their dogs. It was a nice break from the car, and we found we could do as much or as little as we wanted along the beach.

After we did what we wanted along the water, we spent some time up in the parking area. There are grass and picnic tables between the parking lot and the beach, and litle Toby enjoyed standing in the driver’s seat while my husband took some more pictures.

We visited Siletz Bay as well, later that day, at both low tide and while it was coming in. Each was a different experience, but we saw seals and walruses across the bay, in the distance. The beach we were on was well-populated with children playing, people relaxing, and dogs cavorting, but the seals seemed to be doing the same sorts of activities on their own beach across the way.

The first time we visited was in the morning: we brought a picnic lunch and sat among the driftwood on an outdoor blanket. We ate homemade chicken wraps and drank lemonade while baby Toby explored the sand for the first time. He was interested, but not for too long.

After we explored the town a bit, Toby fell asleep, and we decided we wanted to see the beach at low tide. My husband read in the car while Toby rested, and I built my very first sandcastle, with sand that was wet with seawater; then, I bombed it from the land side as the tide invaded from the seaside, slowly destroying my moat and its surrounding walls.

We tossed a beach ball on some beach towels for a bit, which greatly amused our baby boy. When he told us he’d had enough of the beach, we went and found other things to do in Lincoln City itself. And, boy there is plenty to do.

One last thing to nose. None of us took off our clothes, though I had a swimming suit on underneath. We didn’t ever get in the water, and didn’t see many people getting in, either; this trip was in June. When you visit, expect Oregon beaches to be lightly brisk, but still very pleasant, and you’ll enjoy yourselves.

Kate is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. As much as she’s learned to seek out the subtle colors of the desert, Kate has found that she really is a tree girl at heart. She spent seven years in Utah, where she got a bachelor’s degree, a husband, and a baby boy. She got her fill of mountains and then got out. Kate posts on parents’ tips for kid-friendly traveling havens from a curious newcomer’s perspective; Kate is a very recent resident of Salem. To read more about Kate and her adventures, she writes with more personal ties here: http://explorewithtwine.wordpress.com.

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