Despite getting our Westie promptly buried hubcap deep upon our arrival at the beach in Gearhart, Oregon, this was one of my favourite stops along the road trip.
I still find it mind boggling that you can just.....drive right onto the beach in so many places in Oregon and California. AND have a campfire! Whaaaat? If that was allowed on the beaches in my area (Vancouver, BC) I guarantee you the beach would be packed with a thousand vehicles on a nightly basis and campfires going all over the place. Which is why it's not allowed and would get shut down pretty fast if they were ever to allow it.
Still, I was astounded to make our way down to the beach and see miles and miles of....nothing.
A friendly local saw our predicament when we discovered the sand was much softer than originally anticipated and jogged right over to dig us out with a shovel he had on hand (probably for moronic tourists such as ourselves). After that we shared a beer with him and his family and then he offered us their bonfire on the beach, as they were taking off and it seemed a shame to douse a perfectly good fire. You don't have to ask me twice!
Man, I love Oregon.