National Parks shutdown, Plan B

Heceta Head Lighthouse is recently renovated and on Oregon State Park land
Heceta Head Lighthouse is recently renovated and on Oregon State Park land

National Park plans shut out by the shutdown?

Attention outdoors people: There’s a whole world of opportunities in majestic settings every bit as impressive as those of the National Park Service!

While waiting for those numskulls in D.C….I’m talking to you, John Boehner….to get their acts together, why not take your act to one of the West’s OTHER categories of public lands, ie, state parks and beaches?

Case in point: Oregon has 224 state parks (have you ever seen a map of the Oregon coast? Virtually every inch of it has a state park designation), including 55 campgrounds. And October is one of the best times to visit. Here are some suggestions for getting your outdoor fix, courtesy of my Great Oregon Road trip of Summer 2013:

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, north of Lincoln City has dune walking and dory launching from the beach.
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, north of Lincoln City has dune walking and dory launching from the beach.
Who needs state or federal lands? Cascade Head Preserve near Lincoln City has beautiful hiking on Nature Conservancy land.
Who needs federal lands? Cascade Head Preserve near Lincoln City has beautiful hiking on Nature Conservancy land.
See sea stacks at Bandon on the southern Oregon coast.
See sea stacks at Bandon on the southern Oregon coast.
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