As my husband and I drove around Port Orford during our visit, I kept glimpsing a lake through the buildings and trees. I was determined to find access to this particular body of water, so when I saw a sign for the Garrison Lake Boat Launch, we took a quick turn. I did not plan for it to be a 100 Steps destination, but the rich cobalt lake waters and charming wetland surroundings make it worth sharing.
A short jaunt from the parking lot takes you to the fishing deck. The low slanted railing has slots to rest poles dispersed at intervals. Only a short spit of sand on the opposite side of this finger of the lake separates it from the open ocean. Tranquil amidst the Port Orford bluster, I found it a pleasant venue to drop a layer of two of unwanted stress and drink in the fresh air.