Two week summer break on the Oregon coast

Published July 15, 2017   Posted in In Retirement

This post has nothing to do with personal finance or money, so you can safely ignore this one if you’d like. But, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you people a look at where we’re living right now.

Sunset view from the VRBO rental house

Over the past two weeks, we spent some time hanging out with family in a VRBO rental home on the central Oregon coast. Beautiful spot right off Highway 101 overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just north of theย Hecetaย Lighthouse. Every sunset knifed its way through the huge ocean-facing windows. The house was completely funded by my in-laws (thanks guys!).

And better yet, we were able to park the Airstream on the property, which was both super convenient and extremely cost-effective. We sleep in the Airstream with the dogs. Every morning we walk up a half-paved driveway to the house, with the dogs in tow, and spend the day in the house before returning to the Airstream each night to sleep. Yup, a real shower every day. Big kitchen.

Highs remained steady in the 60s with lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. Beautiful summertime weather. This is what it means to “follow the weather”. It was 115 in Tucson during this two-week period. Drat! Trust me, we don’t miss the brutal Arizona heat.

Things we did: Traveled to Florence a bunch, Yachats (pronounced ya-hats), Newport and Coos Bay. Coos Bay was the farthest from the home – a little over an hour to the south. Had lunch in these small towns, walked the streets, ducked our heads into shops. You know, basic tourist stuff. We also got a brand new hitch receiver installed on our truck (in Florence), replacing the failing 9-year-old receiver that we used to get the Airstream out here.

A little hiking here and there. Took our dogs down to the beach several times. Our larger dog Penny loves running and chasing her tennis ball on the sand.

Our dog Penny doing what she does best

Where to next: The northern Oregon coast for about a week or so, then we jump east a bit towards Portland where we’re meeting one of Courtney’s friends. After that, east some more to take in a few more waterfalls before eventually banking south toward Arizona where we plan to spend the winter. We plan to hit the Teton Mountains on our way south. In fact, another family get-together is planned for late August.

Man, this doesn’t suck.

Oregon Photography

I’m not going to leave you beautiful people hangin’. The photography was amazing (and still is!).

Summertime fog rolling in off the ocean

Pacific ocean shore after sunset

The wife (Courtney) taking in a Pacific sunset

One of the many lighthouses on the Pacific coast

Medieval-looking bridge in Florence, Oregon

Heceta lighthouse

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29 responses to “Two week summer break on the Oregon coast”

  1. Love the photos!!! My husband is an avid photographer and Oregon coast is definitely on our “must visit” list. We enjoy a wide variety outdoor activities and can’t wait to buy a camper and travel the US/Canada one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow, so beautiful! I was in Portland and the coast at the end of May. I truly love how peaceful and calm it is. Thanks for sharing. Incredible pictures!

  3. Great photos! I used to live in Seattle and traveled to the Oregon coast a couple times. It’s so rugged and beautiful!

  4. DadsDollarsDebts says:

    Looks perfect. Enjoy and yes a real shower must feel awesome. We are gonna hit up Oregon sometime in the new year. Will be excited to see it for the first time.

  5. As always love the photos Steve. Glad to see your making the best use of your retirement mobility. Where to next?

    • Steve says:

      We’re heading up towards Portland, then we’re jetting eastward towards the Tetons, then back south where we’ll spend the winter.

  6. Adam says:

    Some great pics, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Great stuff!

    I am jealous of those temperatures, amazing to have a jacket on at night at get to enjoy being outdoors without too many bugs getting you.

    Looks like fantastic scenery every direction you look. Great pictures, I especially like the one of your dog on the beach!

    Safe travels and will be looking forward to seeing where you have travelled to next!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks much, Cameron. Yup, the evening jackets really are great. I’m just not used to that in the summertime. We never get that luxury when we lived in Arizona!

  8. Damn! OK, I just added the Oregon coast to my ‘have to go there’ list and the first photo as my wallpaper (with your permission of course).

  9. Breathtaking. One day I will make it up there! shakes fist
    we took a road trip to Oregon when I was about 10. It’s always a place I vyed to return due to its landscape (that and I got to play with Venus fly traps in the woods).

  10. Oldster says:

    Great post Steve. Really enjoyed the pictures. If you are up for adventure, put the Al-Can Highway on your list. I’ve driven it several times and it is a seriously beautiful trip. Hard to beat the Pacific Northwest for sheer beauty. Enjoy the trip and keep the travel logs coming. Life should be about more than how much money one can save.

    FIRE On! – Oldster

  11. Wow, those pictures are amazing! Looks like a great place to visit – sharing with my wife so we can put it on our own bucket list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. That’s an absolutely gorgeous part of the country! I stayed in Bandon with a sister one Thanksgiving. We both love the rock formations and the sunsets and we captured absolutely incredible pictures of the sunset. We were cold and spent three hours or so and stayed until after sunset and luckily found a very nice restaurant in Bandon that had no reservations required and served great thanksgiving dinners! But yeah we traveled between Portland and Bandon and went through the Willamette valley and then across to Newport and south, then back. Absolutely gorgeous and laid back. I saved up a lot of money in stock investing and turn 59 and a half in 16 months (but who is counting) and can tap my Roth accounts tax free at that point. So I’m just thinking “what if?”

  13. Amy Blacklock says:

    Ah so gorgeous! Thanks as always for filling my eyes with beautiful photos! Nothing like spending time with loved ones and doing it in such wonderful surroundings. Love the photo of Penny too. Reminds me of our boxer, she was the best dog. And that bridge, very cool! I could go on and on…thanks, Steve.

  14. Mr. Tako says:

    I’ve spent a lot of time around these places. Beautiful pictures Steve!

    Summer is truly the best season to visit the Pacific Northwest — temperatures are comfortable, the rain and clouds disappear, and the plants are lush and green.

    Enjoy your time out here!

  15. Jennifer Blume says:

    Have a fantastic time in Oregon. There are just too many amazing places on the Oregon coast, but here are a few spots that I would recommend: Seal Rock State Park, Pacific City sandstone formations at Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout State Park (take the trail up to a great viewpoint), Cape Meares lighthouse, Oswald West State Park, Hug Point State Park, Ecola State Park, Astoria. There are great photography opportunities in all of these places. In fact, great photo ops are endless in Oregon. My husband and I are working on our FIRE so we can spend more time exploring our beautiful state and all the beautiful places there are to see and people to meet in this world.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Jennifer. You’re right, there is just too much to see, at least for one trip. It’s been wonderful so far. We’re liking the northern coast of Oregon best. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. GYM says:

    Wow you have some great talent with your photography skills! That first picture is to die for with the sun streaming in through the trees. I also love the beach picture with the slow shutter speed (is that what it is? I don’t know the photography lingo very well). I love the Oregon coast, the last time I went (I think a few years ago?) the weather wasn’t so great with the wild fires (it was quite smoky).

    • Steve says:

      Thanks GYM! Yup, a slow shutter speed is exactly what it is. You either gotta be super still or, better yet, use a tripod. ๐Ÿ™‚

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