The waves of the sea help me get back to me. This I know is true.
There have been many times when I feel the weight of society piling on my shoulders — times when sitting in an office, glued behind a screen for hours a day finally takes a toll on my spirit. And though I remain sane during the week by staying physically active, there are days when I don’t have the energy to even do that…
Such is life.
But for whatever reason, during the times that I am most mentally drained, I gravitate toward the ocean. Mountains bring me adventure and excitement, but Ocean, with all of its calming and cleansing abilities, never fails to restore my tired mind.
So during a long holiday weekend, I found myself ready to get lost among coastal landscapes. Oregon called my name.
Our first stop was Bandon, Oregon.
Sunny days are a gift in the Pacific Northwest. But the ocean’s touch remains chilly no matter how sunny it is…
SAMUEL H. BOARDMAN STATE PARK
I had always wanted to meet a giant redwood tree. So I was especially excited! Of course, at the time I had no idea how to identify a redwood, and so I was snapping photos of every giant tree we came across. Mostly douglas firs :)
We were walking near a picnic table, when we heard some shuffling in the forest. We stopped. The shuffling sounded closer and closer, and my heart nearly stopped at the thought of a black bear lunging at us. I was so scared! We made loud noises to scare whatever animal it was, and it worked, but that was our cue to head back…
SAMUEL H. BOARDMAN SCENIC CORRIDOR
This is not your average park. You’ll have to make several stops along Hwy 101, plan your hikes if you’re on a time crunch, and keep your eyes peeled for each marked (or unmarked) viewpoint off the highway.
Some hikes will lead you straight to the beach.
Love & Adventure,
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