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  • Camping on the coast is a winter tradition for some

  • Fresh oysters sizzled on the grill as the shells began to open. The appetizers would be ready soon.
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  • Fresh oysters sizzled on the grill as the shells began to open. The appetizers would be ready soon.
    Steam from the oysters rose and mixed with the coastal mist hovering over the campsite in the night air. It was rainy and a little chilly, but who cares? We were about to enjoy a seafood feast.
    Our next course for our campsite meal at Cape Lookout State Park was fillets of fresh fish we got from the Garibaldi Cannery up the coast. It was great to have locally caught fish from the Pacific Ocean, which was right over the sand dune from our camp.
    Camping on the Oregon Coast in March is a good way to break up the winter and enjoy fresh seafood and local craft beer, strolls on the beach and just relaxing with the sounds of crashing breakers nearby.
    This year, my wife and I decided to do our annual Oregon Coast vacation a month earlier than usual. We just had to get out of town for a change.
    We scheduled the trip for February and made camping reservations months ago. Then came the wondering what the weather would be like, and if we'd be regretting the more than 500-mile drive from Boise. One thing we figured, we'd have the state park, south of Tillamook, all to ourselves.
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