Coast to Hood

CapeKiwanda1Through my consulting job over the past 15 years, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to see a fair amount of this great country. There are a lot of places I think I could call home and enjoy the people, food, culture, etc… However, when it comes to outdoor adventures, it’s hard to imagine much more beauty than what Oregon has to offer, especially in the summer months.

As the sun comes up over my back, hot cup of coffee steaming on the table next to me, I am clicking away on my laptop no more than a quarter mile from the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. However, just a week ago, my family and I did a surf and turf weekend – one day playing in the sand at the beach followed by camping up in the mountains the next day.

FrogLkHoodSaturday was spent getting salty at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City climbing the massive sand hill then sprinting down it into the ocean. During salmon season, the Dory boats use this beach to launch and load. It’s quite a sight to see the small wooden boats speed through the surf and glide up onto the beach.

Sunday, we sprayed the salt and sand off of the truck and packed it for camping and mountain lake fishing. With camp setup at our family favorite, Frog Lake, we lazily plunked for trout while swimming. Grace caught her first “by herself” fish which was my highlight of the weekend. As I’ve shared before, Frog Lake is the perfect quick getaway for families with small ones.