So we packed up the tent, and checked the oil – finally a line we could read properly! And it was at the minimum line... guess that solves that. Can only imagine how long we were driving with it well below that minimum! The light was still on, but on our way to the gas station to get a couple more bottles of oil, we both breathed a big sigh of relief when the light finally turned off! Yay! We got to the station, put in a couple more bottles of oil, then ventured northward on the 101.
We were intending to hit the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, but overshot the area first to check out Florence, and grab some lunch on the waterfront – had some yum chowder that was actually so think you could stand a spoon up in it
! Then we drove back to the dunes and went exploring. We walked down the dunes and through the forested area, making it to the actual beach & waterfront in about 2km. It was neat to just hang out in the dunes, even though we were finding sand everywhere for days! After this trek, we continued to drive north and made a quick stop at the Heceta Head Lighthouse area – though I think Cam was more impressed by the group of walking nuns we happened to see along the highway ;) It was a great viewpoint, and we continued to drive along the coast and made some more amazing photo-op stops. We even wound our way up to the Cape Perpetua Lookout, which we weren't sure if it would be worth the windy climb, but it was worth every turn – simply a breathtaking view! We finally made it to our KOA campsite in Waldport, and checked into our waterfront cabin – which also had a pretty fantastic water view into the bay. After unloading, we made our way back over the bridge into downtown Waldport and found a very yummy Mexican spot for tea on the other side of the bay. Then back at our cabin we enjoyed a bit of the sunset from our cabin’s front porch swing! Not a shabby way to spend the evening really.