Riding the Oregon Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes Buggy Side View

If you do only one thing when driving down the Oregon Coast then make it a sand dunes tour. It was one of the coolest experiences of the whole trip and even now, almost a month later, I’m still thinking about how much fun it was. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the largest area of coastal sand dunes in North America stretching from Florence, Oregon, where we were staying down south to Coos Bay. They developed as a result of of millions of years of wind and rain erosion. Dunes are as tall as 500 m above sea level and the Continue Reading

A Cheesy Time at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

Tillamook Cheese Factory Cafe Food

I never thought visiting a cheese factory would be very high on my list of things to do. Until it was. While I was researching what to do along our drive down the Oregon coast, one thing kept on popping up. Everyone was raving about their visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I hadn’t even heard of Tillamook, much less the cheese factory. Plus, I’m lactose intolerant so who cares? (secret: I still eat cheese occasionally because I love it too much. My body hates me after though) So I did some research. Turns out Tillamook is Continue Reading

Florence, Oregon: Sea Lions, Sand Dunes and Sun

Florence Siuslaw River

Florence, Oregon lies on the mouth of the Siuslaw River, approximately half way down the Oregon Coast. We spent our third night on the Oregon Coast in Florence, Oregon. The two previous towns were a bit of a let down, but Florence was a great surprise. For a small town, there is surprisingly a lot of things to do and check out. The city has a has a small old town area with a promenade and marina. It's a small, quaint and full of charming buildings. I couldn't help but revel in the cuteness of it all. I almost Continue Reading

Impressions of Seaside, Oregon

Seaside Beach Lifeguard

Seaside had all the makings of a great beach town. There is a huge beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. There are lifeguards. There is a great promenade along the beach. There are a bunch of really cute shops. The whole town looked adorable. And yet, at the same time, it all looked artificial. Like a beach version of Disneyland. I can almost understand how that came to be however. Seaside as we know it today, is built from Seaside House, a summer resort that once stood here. The beach was gorgeous though. I’ll give them Continue Reading