Driving down the Oregon Coast, Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 22, 2010 - 3:09 pm 1 Comment

We left our RV Park this morning around 9:30 a.m. to make our leisurely drive down the coast to Winchester Bay, Oregon. The fog was heavy this morning but as the time went by, the fog lifted and we had a beautiful day. Before leaving Newport, we drove into the Yaquina Head Lighthouse Park. Yaquina Head is a narrow, coastal headland extending one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Formed by ancient lava flows, Yaquina Head’s hard basalt cliffs and coves have endured the pounding ocean surf for 14 million years. For 4,000 years, Yaquina Head has provided coastal inhabitants with a one mile long pathway into the open sea. The Yaquina Lighthouse was built on the headland in 1873.

After we visited the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, we drove down the coast on highway 101 through Newport, Cook’s Chasm in Captain Cook’s Inlet and on down the coast. We stopped at Heceta Head Lighthouse Wayside to have lunch. We didn’t walk up to the lighthouse, but we enjoyed the view from the beach below. We had lunch sitting beside the ocean, as you’ll see in one of the photos. It just doesn’t get much better than this!

Highway 101 meanders along the coastline–sometimes we are way up high on a cliff overlooking the vast expanse of the pacific ocean, and other times the road comes right down on the shore where you can literally walk out onto the beach. The beaches are empty except for a few surfers and every now and then we see people bundled up against the wind and cold temperatures. It is VERY windy and cool along the coastline. The pacific ocean never gets warm, and locals say that this has been an unusually cool spring/summer.

After lunch, we drove on down to Winchester Bay, Oregon. Our campground, Winchester Bay RV Park, is right on the bay and we have a beautiful view of the water with the boats in the harbor. This afternoon we got our chairs out and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. We read a while, then dozed a while. We are still in jeans and jackets and the air is very cool, but folks in the park are enjoying the beautiful scenery on the bay.

Tomorrow we head down the remainder of the Oregon coast and we will enter California. We will spend the next couple of night in Crescent City, California where we will visit the one of the giant Redwood Forests.

Stay tuned. Bonnie

One Response to “Driving down the Oregon Coast, Thursday, July 22, 2010”

  1. Gail Plemons Says:

    Wow what beautiful pictures!!!!!!!!!! I am green with envy. You guys better enjoy that “cool” weather. It is going up to 99 tomorrow and 100 on Saturday. We are dying here. Keep those posts coming – enjoy them so much.

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