Southern Oregon

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Another week begins!  Had sun a chill sunny weekend,  a mix of work and down time at home.  Exactly what I needed.  Back in the office this early morning to start off the week productively.  All this sunshine reminds me of the sunny drive along southern Oregon.  It’s honestly such a rustically beautiful zone with so many cool rock formations.  This 200 mile stretch of the 101 is the perfect Sunday drive with epic views and beaches along the way.  Here’s my guide to the southern coast and where to stop!

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Otter Rock:  This was the first stop/the start of the drive (about an hour South of Pacific City).  We posted up and made breakfast here and were greeted by a few seals floating in the water (they looked like they were tanning their fins and underbellies haha).  Otter rock is a bit off shore where I presume otters like to frolics at times.  There’s also a sweet rock/cave formation where big waves roll into.

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Seal Rock:  The next stop was Seal Rock, another rock this time named for it’s seal-like appearance.  There was a super cute coffee stand we went to here (Seal Rock Espresso) with good coffee and tasty maple logs.

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Oregon Dunes:  Oregon has a huge stretch of dunes which start just South of Florence.  We checked them out and they were beautiful.  Great place for beach strolling and beach picnicking!  There’s plenty of dune-buggy rental places as well which would be so fun (next time).

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Battle Rock:  This beautiful beach in Port Orford is named after one of it’s rocks (as everything seems to be here haha) and also a surf spot!  The beach break was pretty choppy so I didn’t really catch any waves but it was awesome to get in the water.  I kept my wetsuit on the rest of the day as we drove in case we came up on any of surf spots…pretty funny rolling through a Mexican drive-thru restaurant with your full wettie on, hood and all.  Essex opted for the opposite look haha.

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Cape Sebastian:  Definitely make a stop here!  A quick drive up a forest road takes you to a majestic view point where you see beaches and rock formations for miles.  We had a picnic lunch here (from a family run Mexican place called La Casita de Oro in Gold Beach, so tasty) and it was epic.

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Pistol River:  This stretch of beach is especially picturesque.  There are many huge rocks plopped right on the beach which make for a beautiful view.  It’s also a potential surf spot but we opted to just stroll around and surf a little further South (in Crescent City, California).

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After Pistol River, we cruised through the rest of Oregon and crossed the state border into California!  This drive is so nice to do when you’re not rushed, stopping whenever you see something you want to check out.  Along the way we saw some beautiful eagles as well.  This drive is about 4 hours of driving, so spending a whole day cruising the coast allows for long stops to surf and explore.  I smile just thinking about this gorgeous place, it’s not busy at all and this lack of tourists/crowds is so awesome.  It might be busier in the summer, but as far as the Spring time: sunshine and no crowds.  Time to get back to arthritis research.  Have a dope Monday babeskillets, Tita xx

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