A Weekend on the Oregon Coast: Part 1


So this past weekend we successfully surprised my best friend (and maid of honor) Tayler for her birthday! Her boyfriend, Eric, messaged me about a month ago asking if we wanted to join them for a weekend on the Oregon coast and we were able to work it out! He had the pretty amazing idea for us to go ATVing on the sand dunes in Coos Bay. Brad and I both thought that sounded WAY fun.

So Friday morning we picked up our rental car, a Dodge Charger (an unattractive muscle car, but extremely smooth ride), and then left that evening after Brad got off work. Although we actually ended up leaving our place more around 8pm (way later than I thought we would) because of reasons I’ll have to explain in another post. Just know that it was all Brad’s fault though 😉

We (meaning mostly Brad) drove until 3am and stopped at a Holiday Inn to stay the night. But as Brad would probably like me to point out, we stayed a total of 6 hours which really didn’t justify the price we paid… At least we got a free breakfast?

The next morning we drove out to the airport where Tayler and Eric would be landing in their cool private rental plane (he’s a Navy pilot, so no worries, he’s got a license for that). They were making their way down from the Seattle area and Tayler had no idea where they were going or that Brad and I would be joining them. So she was super confused when we pulled up and I jumped out of the car, but thankfully she was ecstatic to see us.

We went and got some lunch at a cute little sandwich shop in North Bend where everyone seemed to know one another and then the next surprise came when we drove to the sand dunes. I think Tayler was pretty happy with what we were about to do.

We sat through a really bizarre safety video about the dos and don’ts of riding the sand dunes, then went and grabbed our helmets and got assigned to our vehicles.

Eric and Tayler ready to go in their ATV.
Eric and Tayler ready to go in their ATV.

I had no idea how nervous I would be. So I yelled at Brad’s driving a lot and got made fun of by all for it. However, I’m glad that Brad is adventurous and doesn’t seem to have any fear because it made it a lot more entertaining to ride with him. And by the end of our two hours I had gotten over my initial worries. Those sand dunes were steep!


Got to drive down to the beach. It was beautiful!
Got to drive down to the beach. It was beautiful!




There was a random swing in the middle of the dunes, so why not try it out?


None of my pictures do any justice to how amazing the scenery was…