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July 3rd 2013
Published: July 3rd 2013
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The lighthouse begins the adventure along the loop
Today was our first day to explore the coast...all along the Cape Arago Loop. The Loop explores 3 state parks, has the largest haul-out of seals and sea lions, and provides breathtaking vantage points all along the way.

• Bastendorff Beach - A favorite among surfers & kiters for its uninterrupted beach.
• Sunset Bay State Park - Sandy beach & amazing tidepools all protected by towering sea cliffs.
• Shore Acres State Park - The jewel of the coast. It is perched on a scenic bluff high above the Pacific Ocean. It began as a private estate with luxurious gardens featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants from around the world.
• Simpson Beach - Situated directly below Shore Acres, a winding path takes you to this secluded ocean cove where you will find crashing waves and views of hundreds of seals and sea lions.
• Cape Arago State Park - At the end of the Cape Arago Highway.

We ended the day with dinner at a charming little restaurant in Charleston. We had breaded cod and sweet potato fries and fried clams...YUM!! The restaurant had a posting board. If you wanted to buy a drink for your friend and the
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Wide, long beach area is a favorite among surfers & kiters
friend wasn't currently at the pub, you could pay for it and POST IT on the board. The next time the friend came in he would check the board to see who bought him a drink. It was a very friendly pub.

The lady next to us wanted to know if all 3 of us were sisters. Before we could reply, Mom exclaimed "Of Course!!"

Additional photos below
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Bastendorf Beach Bastendorf Beach
Bastendorf Beach

We created an oasis on the beach
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Bastendorf Beach

Debris from Japan's Tsunami is a real problem on the Oregon coast (stoves, refrigerators, etc...)
Sunset BaySunset Bay
Sunset Bay

Known for its tidepools
Sunset Bay - TidepoolSunset Bay - Tidepool
Sunset Bay - Tidepool

Don't let the sea anemone bite you
Sunset Bay - Rock climbingSunset Bay - Rock climbing
Sunset Bay - Rock climbing

Comfy spot with a good view
Shore Acres - Botanical GardenShore Acres - Botanical Garden
Shore Acres - Botanical Garden

An oasis in the middle of the forest
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Shore Acres - fountain

An English garden with towering pines as a backdrop
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Shore Acres - pond

A tranquil, meditative spot
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Shore Acres - Rose Garden

You can taste the fragrance
Simpson BeachSimpson Beach
Simpson Beach

A secluded paradise just below Shore Acres
Simpson Reef - Sea LionsSimpson Reef - Sea Lions
Simpson Reef - Sea Lions

Even the Sea Lions think Shore Acres is heaven on earth.

Shopping for hats

Wild & Crazy Girls

VD in Portland, Crabs in Charleston...what's next???

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