We were coming up on the 4th of July weekend and had to make a decision about what we were going to do about camping and all of that. We had actually been anticipating madness and stress when it came to figuring out which campsites had availability and all of that silly stuff (I know, it’s hard things to figure out when your on the road…). After having a picnic at Neptune we ventured up to Cape Perpetua visitors center in the Siuslaw National Forest. We went in to see what was in the area and found out some truly valuable information while we were there. We were informed that we were allowed to camp for FREE off of any the National Park roads in Oregon as long as it was 200 feet off the trail…….. What? Really? It sounded to good to be true. Thank you Oregon for trusting in people to look after the land in this way – this set Oregon apart from all of the other states we had been in. The girls working at the center looked at us funny (as if we should have already known) – probably because they could sense our shock in discovering this treasure chest of information. That changed everything. Our feelings went from uncertainty to excitement!
So we went to look for a spot somewhere in this big National Forest and sure enough we found it. But I don’t think I’ll post it here and I’ll explain why. We parked the car and backpacked into the woods in the late afternoon. After about an hour or so of hiking we came to a very cool path that lead up into the woods. We followed it and saw magnificent sunbeams shining down from above on a perfectly flat camping spot for two. It was silent and still, cool and soft and we could even hear the ocean in the distance. Best of all we were away from 4th of July families and only had the bags on our backs.
We ended up spending the whole weekend up in those woods (minus one night that we actually just slept right out on the beach in nothing but our sleeping bags). It was perfection. On one of the mornings on our hike back out of the forest and into town we met up with a local who told us that this was her favorite secret spot and that she came there almost everyday. I decided then that I wouldn’t include the name of this place unless you’d really like to go and then of course I will share the secret with you. I just feel fortunate to have found it.
Paired with this awesome experience was the fact that we got to spend the holiday weekend in the town of Yachats, the gem of the Oregon Coast… which is a story all in itself…