The site offers 180 degree ocean views up and down the sandy beaches just below the campsite. The fresh sea air is invigorating and the sound of the surf offers white noise for sound sleeping at night. On cloudless nights, the stars are bright and plentiful.
All this is available for a fraction of the price you'd pay for a hotel room. If you have a Golden Age Passport, the cost is even less. Reservations can be made for any of the 61 available camping sites on the Reserve America website up to six months in advance.
Site 17 has water and bathrooms across the street in this National Forest Campground. Spaces are available with RV hookups, but not with the million dollar views.
My wife and I are still young enough to prefer tent camping, albeit in a 10-man tent with a queen-size fold-out frame, comfortable air mattress, and lots of blankets and sleeping bags to keep us warm if needed.
In 2003, we were campground hosts in the White Mountains of Arizona, living in a large tent with carpeting, dresser drawers, and a separate outdoor kitchen. Deer and elk were our neighbors. We had nothing and we had everything.
There is a lot to see and explore up and down the Coast from this campsite, but the best part is to sit and watch yet anther spectacular sunset unfold in front of you. I have my reservations in for the coming months. How about you?
Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest. He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.
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