Saturday, December 12, 2009

Yesterday was a plain yucky day – not a nice day for touring or doing any outdoor activities. It was a pretty quiet day for us here on the Oregon coast, I did laundry and that was about the height of my excitement for the day! We didn’t leave the park, just had a quiet at home day.

Today was much nicer, by noon the sun had come out and the temperatures were in the mid 40’sF (8-9C), it was actually very pleasant outside.

We decided to visit the Umpqua Discovery Centre in Reedsport, it is a way of discovering the natural and cultural history of the Oregon Coast. The discovery centre is very well done and the murals that decorate the whole display are awesome. We watched a couple of videos – one on the sand dunes, and one on bats that were most informative. I hate bats but certainly learned what a lot of good they do so shouldn’t be so disgusted by them!
Milliner's Shop at the Discovery Centre (My Grandmother was a Milliner so I am intrigued by these displays)

A Mural at the Discovery Centre

Another Mural at the Discovery Centre - This Lady's Eyes Followed Us As We Moved

After the Discovery Centre we drove up to the Drew River elk viewing area in the hopes of seeing some elk – well, we certainly weren’t disappointed. We saw quite a herd of them up close so were happy about that.

This Was the Only Guy With Antlers

On the way to the Umpqua Discovery Centre we stopped and bought a Dungeness crab for dinner – it was caught fresh today and cooked and the fellow cleaned it for us and packed it in ice so it was nice and cold all day – all for $3.99/lb. We also bought a large can of their canned salmon so it will be interesting to see what that tastes like.
Tonight's Dinner

Before returning home we again visited the Umpqua Lighthouse and enjoyed its wonderful night show! Somehow, I don’t think this is something you could ever get tired of seeing. (Click on the picture to enlarge it and you can see the colours the light throws on the trees).

Dinner is over and the Dungeness crab was absolutely succulent, we really enjoyed it and will definitely be buying a few more to enjoy while we are here.

And so ends another great gift of a day here on the Oregon Coast and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

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