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100 Steps is dedicated to encouraging walking in the scenic Oregon outdoors for folks with limited mobility. It documents a collection of walks on the Oregon coast that can be reached in short distances — measured in steps — and describes terrain and resting options to help you determine if a destination is appropriate for you.

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North Bend Boardwalk

July 20, 2014

North Bend Boardwalk is an array of contrasts. A patterned cement walkway lined with manicured planters containing drought-tolerant plant choices makes it obvious this boardwalk was planned in the 21st century. Yet nearby, timber is hoisted onto ships by huge cranes swinging palettes of 20 plus logs per load, rolling you back to a time when the lumber industry was in full swing. Vessels dock from international ports across the Pacific (the Orient Becrux from Singapore on the day my husband and...

Robinson Park

July 9, 2014

I’ve been through Waldport many times – “through” being the operative word here since Waldport is most often viewed from the car while heading to points elsewhere. Alsea Bay Bridge always gets “oohs” and “ahs” on the way, but – no offense to Waldportians – other nearby coastal venues just get more recognition. Who hasn’t heard of Newport? And although Yachats has less than half the population, even if you mispronounce the name you’ve likely stopped there. Waldport though? Unless you’re a...

Harris Beach State Park

July 4, 2014

My husband called the western edge of Curry county “Oregon’s jagged coastline.” I doubt he even remembers doing so, but I thought the phrase so apropos I jotted it down. The day use area of Harris Beach State Park is one of many lovely locations near Brookings to witness this craggy display. If you’re anywhere in the vicinity, it’s worth a stop. Right off Highway 101, you can spend an hour or a day enjoying the views, strolling the beach, and perhaps snapping some photos so you can take a...

Mystery Lighthouse

June 28, 2014

“It must be a lighthouse,” my husband stated. It was the last evening of our trip to Brookings. Parked at a west-facing overlook in Harris Beach State Park, we were watching the sun slide behind the single towering cloud bank organized mid-sky. It had been a glorious rain-free day, following two days of early Spring drenching. Scott had spotted the sea-encircled structure earlier while scanning the horizon with binoculars – again from our vehicle – this time while having lunch and watching...

Samuel H. Boardman Arch Rock Viewpoint

June 1, 2014

I find it curious that some offshore rock formations are given titles. Though Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor has many prominent sea-encircled boulders, a contributing factor to its reputation as especially splendid amongst an abundance of scenic Oregon coast destinations, the area map shows only a few with names. House Rock, Thunder Rock, Arch Rock, Whaleshead Rock. What makes these more deserving of an appellation than other nearby counterparts? Whatever the reason, there is an...

Oswald West State Park

May 24, 2014

During his tenure as Oregon governor, Oswald West paved the way for perpetual public access to the state’s coastal beaches. In recognition of his efforts, Oswald West State Park was given his name. If you appreciate being able to visit any section of Oregon shoreline you choose, you can direct your gratitude to Mr. West. Situated on a mountain pass between Cannon Beach and Manzanita, Oswald West State Park contains miles of beach and forest, with extensive trails outlined for their enjoyment....

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