You only get a 30th birthday once. For my birthday we decided to travel to the Oregon Coast.
It has been really annoying having lived here in Oregon for so long without getting to explore anywhere. Of course here you go to "the coast", not "the beach".
Every trip to the coast seems like it must involve a trip to a lighthouse, so we started off with that. This is also the location of the largest sea cave in the world, complete with seals, and a strong smell of fish. Just looking for something else to do in the AAA travelbook led us to a bog full of rare insect eating plants. I have never been to a "bog" before so I just couldn't resist. It ended up being one of the cooler things of the trip.
We went to a local grocery store and bought all stuff we needed for lunch. There were sand dunes behind the store, and that was on our list of things to do, so we hiked up the 3 story hill and enjoyed Strawberry shortcake on the sand dunes. We finished off the day at the florence beach. The rain finally caught up with us so we drove home in the rain. It was just really weird that there are Ocean cliffs, forest, bogs, and sand dunes within a 15 mile radius.