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Camping at Lagoon Campground, Oregon

Our highly anticipated camping trip to Lagoon Campground in Oregon is finally here. After driving for 8 plus hours in the car, and stopping in Ashland for lunch, we arrive at the camp around 3:00 pm.

 

We go into our natural routine for setting up camp. Jeremy begins with unpacking the heavy stuff like cooler and camping box, and I tie up Zero on our 30 foot leash and unpack the chairs. Together we build the tent and in no time, our happy little camp site is set up and ready to use.

Camping Zero the Corgi - Whole Widen World

Our site opens up to a path that loops around Siltcoos lagoon. We decide to take a much-needed walk to explore our surroundings.

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Hiking path - Lagoon Campground, Siltcoos Lagoon, Oregon
Hiking path - Lagoon Campground, Siltcoos Lagoon, Oregon
Hiking path - Lagoon Campground, Siltcoos Lagoon, Oregon
Hiking path - Lagoon Campground, Siltcoos Lagoon, Oregon

The well trafficked narrow trail is lined with tall grass. To one side, thick green soupy water stands with green grass breaking the murky surface. As we walk, little wooden platforms welcome animal observation. As I snap pictures, Jeremy reads about the blue heron and the otter-like water animals called Nutria that have been implanted here from Brazil. We spot a family of nutria fleeing the sound of our footsteps and watch them dip and resurface 10 feet away.  

Siltcoos Lake

After our quick walk, we head out in search of firewood. We drive over to Dune city and find a small convenience store across from Siltcoos lake.

With firewood we head back to camp and start making kindling. We spend the rest of the day enjoying the evening, playing cards, and walking around camp.

Playing cards while camping - whole widen world

At night, we make dinner and settle in to talk around the fire, listening to nutria grunts, while Zero sleeps on our laps. We turn in early, exhausted from the full day of driving. I fall asleep fast and sleep better on the ground than I ever have before.

Playing cards while camping - whole widen world

At night, we make dinner and settle in to talk around the fire, listening to nutria grunts, while Zero sleeps on our laps. We turn in early, exhausted from the full day of driving. I fall asleep fast and sleep better on the ground than I ever have before.

The next morning, I wake early at 5:30 AM to the chorus of bird song. I can hear everything from the small tweet tweets, to melodic whistles, to throaty caws. I put on my cold shoes and quietly exit the dewy tent toward the bathroom. The world has drastically changed overnight. Now instead of blue skies, we are shrouded in fog. I catch a glimpse of the lagoon and see mist rising of the green sludge. After my bathroom break, I grab my camera and head back to the lagoon. As I had hoped, the mist slowly drifts and obscures the waters edge. I take some photos, hoping to see some wildlife. A blue heron flies by, and Instead of trying to get the shot, I just watch enjoying the moment. 

Breakfast the next morning

When I return back to camp, Jeremy is up and he starts cooking breakfast. He makes us scrambled eggs with polish sausage and pours chili on top. It’s filling and laden with calories which will keep us full on our hike today. After dishes are done, we load Zero in the car and drive a short way down the road to Siltcoos lake trail.

Siltcoos Lagoon

The morning mist floats off the water around Siltcoos Lagoon at Lagoon Campground, Oregon

Breakfast the next morning

When I return back to camp, Jeremy is up and he starts cooking breakfast. He makes us scrambled eggs with polish sausage and pours chili on top. It’s filling and laden with calories which will keep us full on our hike today. After dishes are done, we load Zero in the car and drive a short way down the road to Siltcoos lake trail.

Hiking the Siltcoos Lake Trail

We enter the trail surrounded by tall redwood trees covered in pale green moss, the trails lined with lush emerald colored fronds. Light pokes through the canopy and the pitter patter and thump of our collective feet breaks the silence of the forest. The path is broken by twisted roots, rising and falling gradually. This is so easy compared to Norway, I think in my head. It’s the first time in a while where I allow myself to be in the present and take every hue of green in.

Entering Siltcoos Lake Trail
Siltcoos Lake Trail - Redwoods | Whole Widen World
Siltcoos Lake Trail
Siltcoos Lake Trail - Redwoods | Whole Widen World
Siltcoos Lake Trail

Zero pulls on the leash harder, eager to explore and sniff more. After an hour, we arrive at a secluded camp site with picnic tables and a private trail leading to the lake. Jeremy and Zero take a quick nap, and I lay back on the bench and stare up into the canopy, watching the tall giants sway in the light breeze.

The trail terminates to a campsite with direct access to the Siltcoos Lake

ferns in Stilcoos Lake Trail, Oregon

The ferns are so lush, I feel like I’m in a setting from Jerassic Park

resting at Siltcoos Lake Trail, Oregon - Whole Widen World

While Jeremy naps on the bench, I watch the trees sway in the wind.

The hike back is equally as beautiful. We take the south loop this time instead of the north and come across a small creek. Zero jumps in, licks the surface of the cool water and emerges energized and ready to get back on the trail.

Back at the car, we exile Zero to the back of the car and head back into camp. Before we go, I silently thank the forest for having us and for continuing to grow.

Under the canopy of trees on Siltcoos Redwood Trail, Oregon | #hiking #oregon #travel #camping #travelblog #wholewidenworld

Under the canopy of tall redwoods, the shade keeps us cool, and the vibrant peridot moss squishes under our feet. 

A walk on the sand dunes

After a short rest we head out again to the Dunes at the beach. Our original plan is to hike along the Waxmyrtle campground trail that hugs the Siltcoos river, but a ranger spots Zero and tells us we can’t take him to this part of the beach. We begrudgingly turn around, get in the car and drive to Siltcoos Beach Day Use OHV Staging.

Siltcoos River, Oregon from Waxmyrtle trail
Bench with a view
Siltcoos River Hike

When we arrive, two friendly rangers greet us and point us up the mountain of sand to get to the beach. Zero and Jeremy take the mountain easy, but I struggle and huff my way up the dune. By the time I reach the top, they are already halfway to the water, so I kick off my shoes and meet up with them. The water is brisk and refreshing and I let out a shriek of delight when it washes over my bare toes. I watch zero dive in and out of the water, then roll around in the sand to ensure maximum stickiness. His happiness fills my heart and Jeremy and I smile at each other, knowing this was what I needed just as much as hiking through the forest is what he needed.

Sand Dunes in Oregon
my feet in the ocean - Whole Widen World

My feet in the ocean is exactly what I need

Zero the corgi on the beach in Oregon

This is why I love coastal camping so much. It’s the perfect combination of land and sea. We spend the rest of the night playing cards, making dinner, eating s’mores and watching the fire dance.

We talk of our plans for the future, places we want to go, and projects we want to accomplish. It was just enough time to de-stress and re-focus.

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