Friday, December 4, 2009

Today was another nice, sunny day here on the Oregon Coast, we sure hope it stays like this for the next few weeks!

We had a reasonably quiet day today, there is a huge Tangier Outlet Mall here in Lincoln City so we went there for a bit today and did some shopping. I got a new pair of running shoes then went into the Nike store and found a pair of Nikes for $9.97 (regular $75) - I couldn’t resist the deal so now have 2 new pairs of running shoes! Yesterday we bought a Keurig Elite Coffee Maker but it is too big for the trailer so it will go home and be our coffee maker in the cottage. Today we found the mini at Le Gourmet Chef they had a coupon for 20% off so we bought a mini for the trailer – these are our Christmas presents to each other – exciting eh!!

We came home and I did laundry – this park has a really nice laundry and it was $1.00/load to wash and $0.25 for 15 minutes for the dryer – I think this was the cheapest laundry yet! I was one happy camper.

Dinner is over – John barbecued chicken that was very good and we are now watching TV so a quiet evening is in store. And so ends another great gift of a day here on the Oregon Coast and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Today was another nice day here on the Oregon Coast – mainly sunny but not quite as warm as yesterday, nonetheless a nice day.

Today we decided to head back to Tillamook to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory but to get there we decided to take the Three Capes Scenic Loop rather than Hwy. 101. It was another beautiful drive, mainly along the coast, with lots of fantastic views. The road wasn’t the greatest but it was no problem seeing we didn’t have the trailer in tow, but we thought it wasn’t a road we would want to do with the trailer.

We made some stops to enjoy the views and take pictures
Views at Cape Kiwanda

and then stopped at Cape Meares and walked out to the lighthouse where we again enjoyed the views and took lots of pictures.
View from Lighthouse

Fresnel Lamp - Cape Meares Lighthouse

Cape Meares Lighthouse

Three Arch Rocks - Cape Meares

View of Shoreline at Cape Meares

Octupus Tree

Have I said how much we are enjoying the Oregon coast and its views – it certainly hasn’t disappointed us and we are just loving it here.

We finally got to Tillamook and went to the cheese factory where we had lunch then walked up to the viewing platform to watch the cheese making process. It was very interesting - they produce 163,000 lbs of cheese a day – amazing.

We toured the cheese shop and bought a few packages, looked at the fudge and I found myself able to resist a purchase but when we got to the ice cream I couldn’t resist – I had a dish of chocolate peanut butter ice cream that was to die for!!

We made a stop at Fred Meyers to pick up a couple of things we forgot yesterday and to get fuel then returned home via Hwy. 101. We stopped at a lookout to watch the sunset for a bit and by the time we got home it was dark.
Sunset from Winema Wayfinding Point

Dinner is over and a quiet evening is in store. I think a cold front is supposed to come in so some cool days are probably coming up. Oh well, as long as it doesn’t snow we won’t complain!

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

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.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Wow, the end of November already – where does the time go! Christmas will be here and gone before we know it.

Today was a crappy day for weather, it was foggy and damp all day and although our thermometer said the high was 11C (52F) it certainly never felt like it got to that temperature.

Cheryl & Steve (our friends from White Rock B.C.) arrived about noon and it was good to see them again. They are spending a week north of here on the Washington coast at a time share so it was great that we had one more chance to get together.

We visited for a bit then headed out to Mo’s for lunch, John and I had thought it would be fun to take them there for lunch and sit and watch the ocean then walk on the beach. We did have a window seat but the view wasn’t that great with the fog, eventually the fog cleared a bit and we could see Haystack Rock. Mo’s is where John and I bought our jackets last week ($20) and they had one left today so Cheryl grabbed it and they were able to order one for Steve from another store so Steve & Cheryl will be back here on Friday to pick it up. It turns out they are going to Portland when they leave Ocean Park on Friday so have to come almost here to pick up the highway to Portland, how lucky is that so Steve can get the jacket.

After lunch we walked the beach to Haystack Rock, it was a nice walk and we all enjoyed it. The tide was out so Steve & Cheryl went right up to the rock but John and I stayed back a bit as to get to it you had to climb over a lot of slippery rocks and I figured that for me that would be like an accident waiting to happen – LOL!
Pretty Colours in the Sea Foam

John & I On the Beach

Our Favourite Beach Front House

Haystack Rock

Cheryl, Steve & John

On the way to Haystack Rock there was one large rock out of water and it was covered with clams and all kinds of anoeme – neat.
Sea Anoeme

It’s interesting that there aren’t very many shells or anything on the beach but we did see this one large jellyfish.

Right out by Haystack Rock Steve said there were a lot of starfish and I think he got quite a few pictures of them. I am sure we will see some somewhere along the coast!

We got home about 4 and Steve & Cheryl came in for a bit but left about 4:45 as they had a drive of about 1-1/4 hours and with the fog and it being dark it could be a slow trip.

It was great to see them again and we sure hope they get to Ontario next summer and we can get together. And so ends another great gift of a day here on the Oregon Coast and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Today was a nice sunny day with a high of about 12C (54F), although it is kind of hard to appreciate the sun at our site here because of the trees!

There was a mass exodus from the park today, you almost needed a number to get in line to go out of the park, so we decided to stay put until after lunch to go into town. We didn’t want to go too far today as we thought the roads would be very busy with all the holidayers returning home.

We went into town and walked the beach for quite a while and took lots of pictures, it was still very hazy so no pictures of a nice sunny beach. The waves were crashing in pretty good out on the horizon, and we could barely see the Tillamook Lighthouse through the haze. We could just barely see a fishing boat, out past where the waves were crashing, and it appeared to be bobbing around pretty good!
Lots of Seagulls in One Area

Looking Into Town from the Beach

Pretty House Overlooking Beach

Effects of the Wind on the Trees

We were reading the other day that Haystack Rock is the main nesting place for puffins, 1000’s of them come to the rock in April and lay their eggs. It takes about 100 days for the eggs to hatch then the puffins return to some place far out at sea where they stay until the next April when the nesting starts all over.
Haystack Rock

There were still lots of people walking the beach but the main street wasn’t as busy today as it was earlier in the week and yesterday, still it was busy enough. We stopped at the little grocery store to get some hamburger buns and that was the extent of our shopping – last of the big time spenders for sure!!

We are looking forward to another nice, quiet evening. I don’t know if there is anything good on TV tonight but if not I have a book that I can start. And so ends another great gift of a day here on the Oregon Coast and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.