Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day – a perfect day to move down the Oregon Coast to our next destination. It was only a trip of 132 km (82 miles), but it wasn’t a fast trip due to the roads and the need to stop at the lookouts and enjoy the scenery!!
View from One of the Lookouts

We are now set up at Devil’s Lake RV Park in Lincoln City, OR and will be here for the next week. This is a nice park with paved sites and good wi-fi, the only drawback is that all the sites are sloped so we really had to jack up the roadside of the trailer to get level. No problem as long as we don’t fall off our block – ha, ha!
Our Home at Devil's Lake RV Park

Today, Wednesday, we decided to drive down to Newport, what a beautiful drive and Newport is a pretty town with lots of shopping, restaurants, etc. On the way to Newport we took the Otter Crest Loop, this was once Hwy. 101 but is now a scenic loop with a one way road part of the way and has beautiful views. We were stopped at one lookout and a couple there said they had seen whales yesterday, hopefully we will see some but today wasn’t the day to see them.

We stopped at Otter Rock and enjoyed the view from there and of course took pictures!

From there we went to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, we stopped at the Visitor’s Centre and enjoyed the displays before viewing the video of life of a lighthouse keeper – not an easy life. Then it was on to the lighthouse, it’s 93’ high tower is the tallest on the Oregon Coast. It was built in 1873 and started illumination in 1874 as an aid to navigation along the seacoast and the entrance to Yaquina Bay. The lighthouse was automated in 1966 and unfortunately the lightkeeper’s house and outbuildings were torn down in the 1980’s. Beautiful views of the ocean and coast are to be seen from here.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Coast at Yaquina Head

We then drove through Newport and stopped at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse – it is the second oldest standing lighthouse structure on the Oregon Coast, is the only wooden lighthouse on the coast, is the only one with living quarters attached and is the shortest lived lighthouse on the Oregon coast – it was lit in 1873 and was extinguished on October 1st, 1874 after the Yaquina Head Light was lit and replaced it.
Yaquima Bay Lighthouse

From the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse we had a wonderful view of Yaquina Bay and the Yaquina Bay Bridge. We crossed the bridge and noted where the aquarium is (we plan on visiting it later in the week) then turned around to head back home.
Yaquima Bay Bridge

We stopped at Fred Meyer to pick up some groceries and then made a quick stop at Wal Mart to pick up a couple of things we couldn’t get at Fred Meyer. The sun was setting on the way home and there was a beautiful sunset over the ocean, unfortunately we couldn’t find a place to take pictures when it was at it’s best. Hopefully we will see another of these beautiful sunsets.

Dinner is now over and I think that once this is posted I will be off to bed very soon thereafter. And so ends another great gift of a day here on the Oregon Coast and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

1 comment:

Sandra said...

What a beautiful day you had to view the gorgeous scenery of the Oregon coast. Thanks for helping me relive our trip of 2005.