Silver Falls State Park

We started camping again! Silver Falls State Park had been on our list for quite a while, so when we got the chance to stay in one of the cabins there, we snapped it up.

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You can’t stay here and not do the Trail of Ten Falls. So we did. It’s about 8 miles round trip, and you walk past, around, under and/or behind at least ten scenic waterfalls along the way. This was Lucy’s longest hike ever, and she loved it, even though it rained on us the entire way.

The next day, we stopped in at the Gardner House B&B for some afternoon tea (one of our favorite traditions) and some great stories from the proprietor, whose father was an astronaut!

This is a truly lovely park, with some nice little towns ready to explore in the surrounding area. It’s definitely worth a stop, we loved it.

Fort Yamhill State Park

We had just spent a few days in Lincoln City, and on the way back there’s a place called Fort Yamhill.

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It’s a pretty interesting walk through history. This is where a garrison of soldiers, isolated from the rest of the U.S. Army during the Civil War, spent a couple of hard winters keeping the peace between white settlers and native Americans.

As we walked the trails and looked at the foundations of ruined buildings, it was easy to imagine being stationed here, nearly going crazy from boredom and hunger. Refreshingly, the story was told from all sides, warts and all; there were accounts from soldiers, settlers, and natives. Well worth a stop if you’ve got an hour to spend.

Twin Rocks State Park

Okay, so this one doesn’t show up on the official state park list, but we’re putting it on ours. It has the sign, it shows up on Google Maps, it’s nice, we’re counting it.

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Twin Rocks is tucked a little off the main drag just south of Rockaway Beach, and it’s a pretty good beach.

If we were camping nearby, we’d definitely come out here. Even if it isn’t on the official list.

Manhattan Beach State Park

On our way home from Newport, we took a look at the map and spied this little gem of a state park just north of Rockaway Beach.

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Manhattan Beach isn’t large, but it is lovely. We went for a walk on its smooth sandy shores, drew some pictures in the sand, and thought deeply about our lives.

That’s what beaches are for, right?

Arcadia Beach State Park

On our way home from Bay City, we stopped by Arcadia Beach, a lovely little out-of-the-way spot. It’s just south of Cannon Beach, but well worth a stop if you’re in the area or passing by.

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This park has a small parking lot (so the crowds are self-limiting), a picnic area, a great beach, a few rocks to climb, and lots of tide pools! We must have spent 20 minutes just watching all the little critters live out their low-tide time in these little tiny oceans.

Like I said, well worth the stop. We liked this place a lot.