Growing up my family did a lot of camping. We went tenting, we had a pop-up camper for many years as well and even my first trip to Disney World was a camping trip to the Fort Wilderness (hmmmm maybe this is how I’ll convince Neil to do a Disney World trip). Anyways I am so excited continue the camping tradition with our littles.
This summer is the first summer that we have done some real camping as a family. The past two summers we have gone to our favorite vintage trailers (stay tuned for more on that in another post) but this is the first summer we have done “real” camping. Our first camping trip was to Cape Outlook to celebrate Neil and my 7th Wedding Anniversary. We lucked out and got a last minute yurt which was perfect for our first camping trip.
Cape Lookout is located on the Oregon Coast so of course our first stop was the beach. Both kids have a deep love for the water and the sand and they played and played until it was time to head back for dinner.
Of course Alder took a little break with me while Neil and Edith wandered the beach some.
We cooked up dinner at the campsite something we are still trying to perfect but one of the greatest things was that Edith wanted to help do the dishes. I don’t want to jinx it but this love of doing her own dishes has continued on at home and as she insists on washing her dishes after every meal.
We were all exhausted from traveling and our beach adventure so we easily fell asleep. Oh how glorious it was to have beds and a heater in our yurt.
We woke up to a drizzly day and after a big bowl of berries, coffee and some oats we decided to head out for a drive down the coast. We ended up in Lincoln City where we stopped down by the water but it was a bit windy (see photo below: Edith was hiding from the wind) so we headed to get some lunch and then drove back to Cape Outlook.
When we got back to the campsite we decided to get out for a hike and hopefully beat the impending rain.
Despite these unenthusiastic looks they where having a great time.
We finished our hike off with a walk down the beach. We were searching for live crabs but alas we only found parts of shells and a whole lot of what I think were sand fleas (yuck). As soon as we arrived back at camp we started on dinner but unfortunately the rain started and we had to rush into the yurt. Thankfully Neil finished up dinner while we huddled in the yurt. So glad we were able to stay in a yurt because all that rain would have made packing up to go home miserable.
Side Notes Regarding Cape Lookout:
- The yurt sites are all pretty good but if you can try and get a yurt with a door facing away from the road.
- Get a deluxe cabin if you can.
- This campground is popular with RV’s and unless you are staying in a cabin/yurt you probably want to have an RV.
- There are very few sites that are good for large tents. Most sites will fit a small two or three person tent but bigger than that you might run into some issues.
- There are private showers, electricity and flushable toilets (!!)
- You’ve got the beach and hiking/nature walk.
When did you start camping with your little ones? Any tips?
Erin @ Platings and Pairings
We hike here quite often! You can go clamming nearby too 🙂
I didnt’ know you could rent the yurts though – Cool!
Husband and I have always wanted to try a yurt!! They are usually full when I look, though. That sounds like a super fun trip! I love the coast in any form!
I am in love with your daughter’s love of doing her own dishes. That’s awesome!
I’m hoping it extends to vacuuming and taking out the trash too 🙂
These photos are SO heartwarming! The one of you and your husband laughing is priceless and the one with the bowl of berries next to a mug of coffee is basically how imagine heaven looking for me. Thanks for sharing, Lindsay!
i’d love to do this! looks like a great time!
HAha the photos of Edith hiding from the wind, and of course the unenthusiastic faces for the family photo… I have never gone camping myself, but I have a problem with not having beds or a toilet which makes camping pretty unappealing as something to do in the future!