Still camping on the Oregon Coast
By Sheri Eastridge
Entered in our Win a Winter Getaway to the Oregon Coast Contest
Still camping on the Oregon Coast as a young child I visited many Oregon coast towns with my family. I grew up in Douglas County where I still reside. We were campers and visited campgrounds from Fort Stevens to Harris Beach! We loved to fish and crab. I remember camping at Windy Cove near Winchester Bay in the sixties. We liked that particular location; it was close to the boat docks where we could crab, and a short distance from the jetty where my dad loved to fish. I am not sure what time of year it was, probably summer, and it was raining hard and very windy. It rained so hard that night it seemed like we had to keep draining water off the tarp that covered our tent every minute. Around midnight my mom started crying, the next thing I knew we were packed up and in the station wagon going home. My mom was always a “real trooper” and she loved the coast. She would sit on the beach for hours with my brothers and me making sand castles while my dad fished off the jetty, when it was too windy she would build wind cover with driftwood. She wasn’t afraid to remove the crabs from our crab rings or bait our fishing poles. That weekend was the end of our tent camping in the rain and wind. However it wasn’t the end of our camping. My dad bought a camp trailer for my mom! Camping on the Oregon coast was a family tradition for me growing up. I loved it so much it became a tradition for my own family when I grew up. In the eighties we too started out in a tent and later worked our way to a camp trailer like my parents did. I took my children too many of the places I camped as a child, and later my grandchildren. My children love to camp with their children on the Oregon coast. We spend many vacations together. We seem to discover new things every time we go. Although my mom has been gone for many years now, her love for the Oregon Coast lives on through each of us, I hope it remains a tradition in our family for generations to come.