I am anxiously awaiting the end of the school year. Seven more days of school and then HELLO SUMMER! The last day of school we are picking up Carter and heading out on our first adventure to Bend, Oregon. Last night I stayed up late looking up all different things in the area to see and do. A big part of summer for us is going camping and exploring the surrounding area. Our favorite camping trip, to date, is to Cape Lookout State Park Campground. It is a beautiful campground on the beach and is close to so many things along the coast. The first day we arrived at the campground mid afternoon and set up camp. We cooked dinner and then walked over to play at the beach until the sun set. We then enjoyed a movie on the laptop in the tent as the kids slowly drifted off to sleep. Early the next morning we went on the self guided nature walk at the campground. With the pamphlet in hand, the kids loved searching for the next nature marker. We then heading to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We did the free self guided tour and got ice cream cones. Up next was hiking to the largest Sitka Spruce Tree in Oregon. It is a short hike from the parking area and was an impressively large tree. We then headed to Cape Meares Lighthouse. Admission into the lighthouse is free. You will not want to miss the Octopus tree and the beautiful viewpoint of Three Arch Rocks Wildlife Refuge that is just a short walk from the lighthouse. We then headed back to the campground to play at the beach. The next morning we packed up camp. We then hiked Cape Lookout Hike before heading home. This was a perfect camping trip to the coast. We were able to see a lot and still had plenty of time to relax at the beach and sit around the campfire. I'm getting antsy for our camping trips this summer and the new places we are going to see. It's going to be a great summer!