Only a day trip. Each grain of sand is a different color; the sand is darker than any other sand you’ve seen yet.

You can stand in one spot and see the crashing waves against rocks in one direction and the trickle and gleam of a quiet stream against mountains in another direction. You cross the stream to reach the beach, then the stream flows through rock and moss and picturesque scene and then into the sea. You can debate whether it’s a stream or a creek, or you can enjoy it.

Does your kid like to throw rocks into water like mine does? He had lots of different types of water, all in one place. Does another kid like to take video of dramatic places? I felt like a kid while taking pictures. Or does your kid like to pick through piles of flotsam and seaweed and weird dead sea creatures? We found that, too. You can let them do all of that here—it feels secluded, so you can keep your eye on all of them.

Fogarty Beach is such a stuffy name for such a beautiful place. We went in the morning in October, and we didn’t stay long enough, so as not to spoil its freshness. I’m sure there’s more natural treasure.

The cool thing about beaches is that you probably won’t find the exact same thing I did.

I’ll let my pictures say the rest.

Then maybe I’ll meet you there.

 

Fogarty Beach State Park is along Highway 101 between Depoe Bay and Lincoln City.

About the Author: Kate Twitchell

Kate is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. As much as she’s learned to seek out the subtle colors of the desert, Kate has found that she really is a tree girl at heart. She spent seven years in Utah, where she got a bachelor’s degree, a husband, and a baby boy. She got her fill of mountains and then got out. Kate posts on parents’ tips for kid-friendly traveling havens from a curious newcomer’s perspective; Kate is a very recent resident of Salem. To read more about Kate and her adventures, she writes with more personal ties here: http://explorewithtwine.wordpress.com.

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