Each year when we visit the Oregon Coast in the summer, we try and do or learn something new and visit a new place or two. This year, those things were all rolled into one as we spent a day in Pacific City, Oregon. Pacific City is a small town north of Lincoln City, a few miles off of Highway 101 where two rivers merge near the Pacific Ocean. The town has a population of about 1000 people which I am sure swells in the summer months with all sorts of visitors. There are a few stores and restaurants (really one very short main road and intersection), a hang gliding school, horseback riding stables and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area with its amazing beach, cape, dunes and haystack rock.
The main purpose of our visit to Pacific City was taking part in an all day hang gliding lesson. New place, new learning and trying something we all thought we would never do. Recipe for a good day.
It was a great family experience. So glad we did it! A short video shows our experience from dryland training, to the simulator to repeated launches off the dunes:
After our hang gliding experience, we explored Pacific City a bit more and headed north to Cape Kiwanda to check out the dunes, beach and haystack rock. The parking lot was huge and very full..a very busy place. What looked like a very popular restaurant was right beside the parking lot. I saw the signs for the dory launch (which I had read about before heading here) and hoped that we might see one.
After taking in the amazing views, there was a bit of commotion on the beach and all of a sudden a beautiful blue dory came flying into the bay and propelled itself up on to the beach. The boys didn't quite understand my giddiness about actually seeing this! This beach is only of of two on the entire west coast where dories can launch. One of those things I have always wanted to see.
We loved our day in Pacific City. Its a little off the beaten path and not as well known as some of the other towns on the Oregon Coast which makes it really nice for a little escape. Would love to go back.