The Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Ocean

During a scorching July afternoon, my friend Christina and I decided to beat the heat by roadtripping to the Oregon Coast. Our destination of the day was Lincoln City, and we had food, sun tanning and shopping on our minds. We packed the cooler full of snacks and popped in a cd we could sing to, and we were off! The weather on our drive was fairly overcast, but once we reached our destination it was as if the clouds had opened up- it was absolutely GORGEOUS outside.

Our first stop was the Tanger Outlet Mall, where we purused a variety of home and clothing stores. After that, we stopped for lunch at a quaint little pizza shop called Humble Pie. We shared a yummy meatball sandwich with gooey mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce, and an Italian sub with pepperoni, salami, veggies and Italian dressing.

After we fueled up, it was time to hit the beach. We hiked for a bit until we came across an ideal sun-tanning location. The weather was beautiful- not to hot and not too cold, but just right. After soaking up the sun, we decided to test out the ocean. It was about 80 degrees outside, and a perfect day to cool off in the water. Beware, however, of digging your toes into the wet sand- we were both bit or stung (I’m not quite sure which) by little gray creatures that looked like miniature shrimp.

All around us, dogs chased Frisbees and children savored their summer vacation from school by building sand castles and jumping through the ocean waves. I even met the most adorable Boxer, which reminded me of the dog I had as a child. Even though it was a gorgeous summer afternoon, this popular beach was hardly crowded at all. If you’re interested in beating the crowds, I would suggest visiting on a weekday (we traveled there on a Friday).

Photo (below): We found a variety of souvenirs during our shopping excursion in Lincoln City.

Photo: We found a variety of souvenirs during our shopping excursion in Lincoln City.

Once we’d had our fill of soaking up the summer sun, we walked along highway 101 and checked out the local shops. We found a variety of creative kites, tools for building sandcastles and of course, seashells. As we walked by the local Teddy Bear shop, it brought back memories of the items I collected when I was a child (I used to always beg my parents to buy me a bear as a souvenir). We then grabbed some delicious French silk ice cream and headed over to Candyland (a local candy shop full of goodies) for chocolate fudge and of course, a handful of salt water taffy. Try the chocolate peanut butter- it’s to die for!

A day trip to the Oregon Coast is perfect for all ages- and if you’d like, you can even go back to being a kid for a day. So get out there and start building sandcastles, flying kites and eating some delicious chowder. The weather is getting pretty close to perfect out there!

For more information on shopping, dining, and exploring Lincoln City, visit our Oregon Coast section.

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