This past Saturday, I checked off #9 from my 101 in 1001 list, ride on the Oregon sand dunes. We have been in Oregon for 17 years and had yet to experience riding across the sand dunes. I originally had planned to make this part of our summer road trip but as I got planning I found other things I wanted to do, so I decided this needed to happen on it’s own.
I made a reservation earlier in the week with Sandland Adventures for a 1 hour ride. We were all feeling really excited about it and Taelin and I would be lying if we said we weren’t also a wee bit worried as well. I know myself (and Taelin) well enough that we both took Dramamine before we went and I am SO glad we did. I have no doubt we would have been feeling gross 10 minutes in and it would have not been nearly as fun. Here we are before going:
Our driver’s name was Kyle and he was so great! He made sure everyone was having a good time and stopped several times to tell us what we were looking at or to describe something about the dunes. There were 3 other kids on the ride and he was constantly checking in to make sure they were doing ok. He was also a bit of a crazy driver which, if I had to guess, is a bit of a requirement! There wasn’t anytime during the entire trip though that I felt unsafe. We were so strapped in, we weren’t going anywhere! I did have a moment of panic at the beginning where Joe looked at me with some worry because I didn’t look so good but I just employed some deep breathing and then was fine.
The hour went by so quickly. Most of the time was on the sand dunes but we did get to go down to the beach which was very cool.
Even though we were bundled up pretty well, Taelin got really cold. She didn’t complain at all but I think it made the last part of the ride a little less fun for her. She is so dang tiny that it doesn’t take much for her to get cold. An extra pair of socks and some gloves would have made a big difference for her.
When we were done, we had so much sand everywhere…in our hair, ears, clothes. I had three shirts on and I still found some in my more unmentionable parts. It is hard to believe that there is enough sand left for how much it seems everyone must take with them.
I am so glad we finally did this. We had a lot of fun and have declared that we need to do it again, this time taking a certain favorite family of ours with us. It is truly a beautiful part of this state and one that shouldn’t be missed!