Rogue Brewery

Beverly Beach Camping

I used to go camping all the time. Growing up, we went backpacking as kids with my parents. At the time I didn’t like backpacking–it was a LOT of work! But looking back at those experiences, they were pretty amazing things.

Michael and I really want to give Logan lots of experiences we had as kids–like camping. BUT we are both old. Like dang, the idea of camping in a tent, sleeping on the ground……….I just don’t know. Over the weekend we did go camping (in a YURT!) and it was fantastic!

If you’ve never camped in a yurt, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun experience and keeps you out of the elements a little bit, which is a nice thing in Oregon when you can’t really guarantee what the weather would be (even in August). The downside is that you have to book them very far in advance. I think I booked our yurt 9 months ago.

We stayed at Beverly Beach about 20 minutes north of Newport, OR. It was a REALLY nice park. We’ve never been there before. It was really nice. Since it’s early in the season, it wasn’t too packed. It was pretty quiet.

The yurt was nice and had electricity for charging stuff 😉 and a heater–which was nice because it was pretty cold at the beach over the weekend.

On Friday I had the day off work and took Logan to daycare for the morning so I could go to the gym and the grocery store and pack the car. Then Michael got home after lunch and we hit the road. It was perfect timing, too, because Logan took his nap for most of the drive to the beach!

We unpacked and got settled and built a campfire. Then Logan was raring to go to ride his bike. Logan and Bella were super excited exploring our little campground. There weren’t a ton of people there. There were probably like 40% full–most of them were RVs but there were quite a few tents!

Logan had SO MUCH FUN. He was excited about exploring everything. He helped me pick up twigs for starting the fire. We could hear the frogs in the ponds arounds us (you can hear them on video on my Instagram if you want).

It was a weekend full of BBQ’ed hot dogs, s’mores and getting super dirty!

So…the downside? I thought I was super smart and got dry ice for the cooler. Except we discovered that the beer and eggs…basically everything…froze! So Michael went to the nearby store to get unfrozen stuff. We had eggs and sausages for breakfast on Saturday.

Then I took Bella with me for a run. We ran around the campgrounds and explored the different camping loops and then headed down to the beach. We ran on the beach and it was a really nice run! I was slow after being sick the previous weekend, and Bella is not QUITE coordinate to run but she did well. 😉

I got back to the campsite to find Logan napping. LOL

After my run I showered (the showers were REALLY nice and hot, so that was good). I took a short nap–unplanned). Then Logan woke up and we drove to Newport for lunch. We ended up at Rogue Brewery. I got a sandwich that was a little too much of everything–so big you couldn’t even take a bite–with a bowl of clam chowder and Michael got an AMAZING burger with caramelized onions and fried cheese curds on it plus beer. 😀

Logan’s lunch was a grilled cheese sandwich with fries and it came on a frisbee! (Which we ended up playing with for most of the afternoon back at the site.)

Then it was back to the campsite. Logan wanted to take another nap so he and Michael went to sleep and Bella and I went for a long walk on the beach.

Saturday night we had dinner and s’mores and then to bed fairly early. One of the downsides of a yurt is that there is a skylight, which does NOT make it toddler friendly! Logan was up at dawn both days. Needless to say we were both tired.

On Sunday we had breakfast and then packed everything up and went to the beach for a bit.

It was a nice day. A little gloomy but the sun was poking out of the clouds. It wasn’t as cold as it was on Saturday. Beverly Beach was nice and not too crowded and not windy at all. So it was a good beach to play on.

Logan and Bella had a blast playing in the sand (and getting even more filthy than ever). It was such a nice, relaxing, chill weekend where we were able to unplug a little bit. We didn’t have great service, so it kind of forced us to unplug. It was fun to just hang out as a family and do nothing!

After the beach trip, we headed home (with a pit-stop in Wilsonville for pizza for lunch). I hosed both Logan and Bella down immediately (ok, not really, but they both had very soapy baths to get the filth off!). We unpacked, Logan and I went grocery shopping and then I got to go swimming. It was nice to have a little me time to unwind. It was a fun, awesome weekend, but a lot of work! By Sunday night Logan was SO overtired he could barely make it to bedtime. 😉

I think we are going to try and go camping (IN A TENT!) this summer. I think Logan will LOVE it. 😀

Beach Comber

My boyfriend is the hardest person to shop for. Buying gifts is often difficult and this year for his birthday I decided to skip the torture of trying to shop and just take him out of town for a surprise adventure. After our successful purchase of a Groupon vacation deal, I tried it again and got a fantastic price on an oceanfront room at the beach. The last trip to the beach was for our anniversary last year and sadly, I’d gotten food poisoning and couldn’t enjoy it. I told Michael to pack typical Oregon clothing and we hit the road Saturday morning after I went to the gym (and he went for a bike ride).

The destination: Newport Beach. We arrived to a rather gray welcoming but it wasn’t too cold and it wasn’t raining, so I was happy.

We stayed at the Best Western Agate Inn right on the beach. The deal I bought included a “picnic” basket with two wine glasses, a bottle opener, an insulated bag, a wine topper and a bottle of wine. We immediately opened the wine and enjoyed a leisurely glass before heading down to the beach for a walk.

Agate Beach was really nice, quiet and smaller than some of the other Oregon Coast beaches. Sadly, I did not find any agates.

We walked back to the hotel and then decided to go into Newport in the “old town” area. It was a touristy boardwalk with piers that had views of the massive bridge.

We did some window shopping and then got totally sidetracked by the California Sea Lions that were giving quite the show in the water. There was a group of them lounging in the sun on a wood platform. One of them looked like it weighed about 800 pounds–he was an old one. There were a few other big ones, not as big as him, and then some smallers one that were playing in the water.

The little Sea Lions gave everyone a show, and the big ones bellowed their bark that echoed throughout the downtown area. Crowds were forming to watch the free show. I have to admit, the Sea Lions were probably my favorite part of the weekend. They were so cute and playful.

The little one was frolicking, splashing, doing acrobatics and then would kiss one of the other lions. What beautiful and graceful creatures.

After the sea lion show, we headed up the street to the Rogue Brewery for dinner. It was one of the destinations I had planned for the weekend and I’m glad we were able to go. I can’t say that I am familiar with the Rogue beers, but after my tasting on Saturday night, I love them!

THE BEERS

Morimoto Pilsner: it was summery and light, like lavender perfume.

Chipotle Ale: smokey finish. We both loved this one. It did not taste like peppers. I want to find bottles of this one. Damn, it was good.

Juniper Pale Ale: smelled like a lemon, smooth, nothing very distinctive about it.

Brutal IPA: tasted like orange, smooth finish, not bitter.

Double Dead Guy: tasted like alcohol, candy and had a slight coffee finish to it.

New Crusty Triple IPA: syrupy and very hoppy.

Michael and I decided to split a few things for dinner. The first was the “bleu balls”– three meatballs made of a local, organic beef with blue cheese baked inside the meatballs and then scattered around the plate. The blue cheese went perfectly with it. I had 1.5 meatballs (kind of the perfect amount).

Next was the halibut fish and chips. We split that, thankfully. It was pretty big. We each had 1.5 of the fillet and shared the fries. I have fish n’ chips about once or twice a year–and usually at the beach. It’s not something I crave very frequently and giving in annually is about right for me.

Michael was still hungry, so he ordered the black bean dip with freshly made tortilla chips. I munched on a little bit of it but I was pretty full after the dinner and the beer.

We finished up our beers and then decided to do the most logical thing while slightly drunk! Go hiking. 😛

Okay. It wasn’t really hiking. We went to the lighthouse park on the hill not far from downtown Newport, and then walked down the trail to the beach. There was a trail through the trees and brush, and then stairs down to the beach. I admit, my legs were screaming at me after working out that morning and already walking on the beach!

We walked out toward the jetty. That particular beach was almost like Mars–quiet, empty except for us, with big sand dunes. It was also really windy. Michael and I didn’t make it very far.

Walking for about 20 minutes or so, then getting to the jetty to find it gated off, we turned around and headed back up the beach to the stairs.

It was a really nice evening, romantic and busy at the same time, and I fell asleep to the deafening sound of the ocean waves rolling into the shore. I truly think that if I listened to a CD of roaring waves every night, I’d never suffer from insomnia.

QUESTION: What is your favorite beach activity?