It was another scenic 45 mile drive north on 101 as we left California and made our way a short distance up the southern Oregon coast to Brookings. Since they have a Fred Meyer, a brewery and a state park, we decided to spend the night. How nice to be back in the land of under $4.00/gallon gas and no sales tax.
Harris Beach State Park is located on a bluff above the Pacific, and some of the prime campsites have great views of the ocean. Without a reservation it would take some really good luck to get one of those sites, but we are tucked in among the trees in a really nice private spot. Not inexpensive at $28/night for water and electric, but being less than 2 miles from Brookings is very convenient.
There are several trails, so after our shopping spree at Fred Meyer (quite a store, by the way) we walked one of the trails to the coast. It was very windy and we got a bit sandblasted down on the beach but it was worth it.
We can’t resist a brewery, so last night we went to dinner at Wild River Brewing and Pizza Company. We almost left as soon as we walked in the door, as the place has no atmosphere and was crowded with families and large groups. There is no wait service, so you just order at the counter and they call your number. We walked over to the bar to make sure they had some beers we thought we’d like, and the bartender gave us free samples of about five different beers. They were all really good, but we chose the IPA and Double Eagle Imperial Stout and decided to stay and get a pizza, which turned out to be excellent. A nice surprise.
Today we move on to try and find a place to spend the holiday weekend.