Last Sunday we took a detour from our usual Otter Rock/Devil's Punchbowl beach area and headed to Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City.  I don't think I had been there since I was little, and my husband said he hadn't either.  It was fun to explore some new roads getting there and back, and that was definitely rewarding as far as natural beauty goes.  In fact, I found the areas away from the beach more beautiful.  I'm not used to seeing tire tracks and cars and therefore so many people all over the beach, or having parked trucks blaring unpleasant music right on the beach.  (The at least seven VW Vanagons in the parking lot?  Love.)  It kind of took away the "natural" part of the equation for me.  So, while it was fun to see, next time we go there we would like to find some good hiking trails nearby and skip the busyness of the beach.  We had a nice lunch at the local pizza place and headed home on back roads, stopping here and there to enjoy the view.  

I don't know what this weekend holds for us yet, but it sounds like there is going to be plenty of sun, and that alone sounds pretty good. 
by mlekoshi