Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beach Trip

The dogs and I spent Saturday through Tuesday at the beach. My grandma was in Oregon visiting, so my family rented a condo in Happy Camp in Netarts for four days. Of course I brought the dogs along.

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Typical rainy day on the Oregon Coast- Though strangely with no fog. This was from Monday, the only day of our trip that it rained.

Normally, the weather on the Oregon coast is cold and windy, and often wet. Heavy fog can be almost as bad as rain for getting you totally soaked, especially when combined with wind blowing spray from the ocean onto the beach as well. This weekend was not like that. Of the four days we were on the coast, three of them were gorgeous, and even the day that it rained was still plenty warm.

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Koira laying in her bed on the deck

We went on multiple walks down on the beach every day. I went on a run on the beach every day but Saturday, taking the dogs along, of course. Running on sand is hard, but the scenery of being on the beach totally makes up for it. Plus, Happy Camp does not require dogs to be leash (in fact the manager even told me to take my dogs off leash and let them play!) as long as they are under control. So the dogs got to enjoy a ton of off leash time. I did keep them on leash if there were a lot of people in the area, though, just to keep them from bugging everyone.

Of course, even though we spent hours every day down on the beach, I didn't get any pictures of the dogs while we were at Happy Camp, except for in the condo, where I got a couple pictures of the dogs hanging out in the sun on the deck.

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Pallo sunning himself on the deck

To be honest, I didn't get a ton of pictures of anything, except the sunset, once. I kept meaning to get out the camera, but each time, I got distracted by something important, like taking a nap, eating M&Ms, or running off to the beach again.

I will say that I regret not getting some better pictures of Happy Camp, where we were staying, because, like I said, it was an amazingly dog friendly place. Everyone was really good about keeping their dogs under control, the beach was big enough for dogs to run and explore off leash without bugging anyone, there were poop bag dispensers at the beach access. It was basically great, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to take a dog friendly vacation on the Oregon coast. And, while Netarts is rather in the middle of nowhere, it isn't that far from Tillamook (which boasts the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Air Museum, among other things), has a nearby lighthouse to go visit, and has beautiful beach and coastal forest areas to walk and hike.


  1. Sounds like a nice long weekend, but I can't believe you didn't get beach photos of the dogs!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful and gorgeous place to go. But no beach shots? How could you!