Trigger warning: This post contains more superlatives than a Donald Trump speech.
It is often said in religious circles that “When God closes a door, he opens a window.” The vegan scene has had a few doors closing as of late, with Portland staples like Portobello shutting their doors. But, the vegan heavens soon burst open a giant window upon us all. And it is tremendous.
I have always heard about this mythical place called Sand Lake, but never really wanted to go there. Maybe it’s the name. A lake of sand doesn’t necessarily sound appealing. But when I had an invite from a couple of Jeep friends to camp for the weekend, I took the chance.
Sand Lake is a recreation area just South of Tillamook on the Oregon Coast. Getting there is a cinch and it is nice to pass Brown’s Camp should the desire for another type of wheeling strike you on your way home.
I headed toward “Derrick Road” where I would eventually meet my friends and set up camp. The road ends at the camp area, a small sandy (surprise!) enclave of trees with primitive campsites, fire rings, and pit toilets. The end of the camp area is basically the entrance to the recreation area.
Once my friends arrived, we aired down and headed out to explore this expansive play area.