The rugged and rocky California Coast was both dramatic and bold. We expected the same from the Oregon Coast as we headed north on HWY 101. What we experienced was something we had not anticipated. The trees changed from Redwoods to Cedar, the land leveled out some and then, THE DUNES! Miles and miles of huge Sand Dunes.
They were piled against the Coast and the the local economy revolved around them. Dune Buggy Rentals, Rides and Tours. Four Wheelers, Motorcycles and ATVs were everywhere. Hiking to the top was tough, it was steep and the loose footing made it seem like two steps forward and slide one back. But the view from the top was worth the effort. The Dunes stretched for miles and miles and made me marvel at the geologic forces that had created such a wonder.
That whole stretch of Coast is a National Recreation Area and definitely a Mecca for outdoor powersports enthusiasts. I have just never heard about this area and it was nice to see such diversity in the coastal topography.