Oregon Coast, Florence
Oct 13, 2006
|This morning dawned with bright skies & warm temperatures...hurray. We like it to be that way on moving day. Judy came by to say our good byes. So sad to be leaving our friends but it is time to get on down the road. And we are excited to see all our family in Brookings. There's a new baby girl we need to see & the fish are biting too!
We haven't made a decision on how many miles we'll travel today but we are shooting for Florence, about half the way to our final destination. They have an RV Park there that sounds nice & we like the 50% savings that Passport America offers. Makes quite a difference in the budget at months end.
The trip didn't go exactly as planned. Traffic was very heavy on Hwy 101 & Larry was feeling very pushed by folks traveling much faster than he wanted to drive. Before we knew it, we were through the town of Tillamook without going to the Cheese Factory & missing our samples of Tillamook ice cream! Bummer...we thought about turning around but there were no convenient turnouts so decided to just push on. There were many small residential communities along the way, with populations of a few hundred or so...
Our first real stop was at Siletz Bay in Lincoln City. Beautiful. After that we made as many stops as possible just to catch the beautiful skies, birds & waves. Wish you could hear the pounding surf, smell the fresh salt water & hear the birds calling out...so peaceful. Wish we could pull up a Lazy-boy recliner for an hour or so!
We did what we try to never do, drive too far in a day & arrived at the campground after dark. Lucky for us there was plenty of light, a wide pull-thru available, & not many folks here. The owners are great, the rate is $13.50 a night for full hookups & our satellite dish worked! Yessss...all is good. Made the decision to retrace some of todays trip tomorrow without the rig so we should be able to get some of the shots we missed today because of the traffic.
So we backtracked to Newport today & so glad we did. We got to spend an hour or so whale watching! Unfortunately they were too far away to get any good pictures, but with our trusty binoculars in hand we had quite the show. There was a large pod traveling south & they were rolling & spouting & showing their tails just before the dive! It was awesome. Met several folks who all wanted to share our binoculars! Guess it is a good thing we have 2 pair...LOL
Did you know that in addition to being a cloud watcher, a lake watcher, and a waterfall watcher, I am also a lighthouse fanatic? Well, I am. So, I will be including everyone I can possibly get to as we travel along. Our first will be Heceta Head.
Named after the Spanish Explorer Don Bruno de Heceta, the Heceta Head Lighthouse towers 205 feet above the Pacific Ocean. This lighthouse is one of our favorites because of the amazing view of the ocean. This site was purchased in 1889, and five years later on March 30, 1894, the light was lit by Andrew Hald, Heceta Head's first principal keeper.
Probably the most excitement for Heceta Head was during World War II, when the Coast Guard sent 75 men to this station to warn against prospective Japanese attacks. Besides that, there really isn't much to tell. But there's lots to see, what a view!
Just around the bend we kept hearing this strange barking noise. So we walked down the road, peered over the edge & there were hundreds of sea lions basking on the rocks! It was getting really dark out & my camera really didn't want to take this shot, but I tried. Maybe you can see a little if you really look. We sure could hear them!!
I caught a picture of the setting sun going through these trees. Doesn't it look like they are on fire? Awesome...
Okay, so I have to be honest. I didn't keep track of the names of every little Cape, beach & turnout we took, I just wanted to capture the moment, so I will let you know where the pic was taken if I know! And if I guess incorrectly, please forgive me ok...I tried! I just know this has to be the most beautiful coastline I have ever seen. And we are very happy to be spending some of our journey here. Enjoy!