Oregon Coast

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

On June 3, 2021, we took our RV to the Guaranty RV paint shop to give the roof a new look. We booked into the River House Inn in Florence on the Oregon Coast for three nights. We have a nice room on the second floor looking out across the Suislaw River and Bridge and the sand dunes. Our first day trip we drove north to Coos Bay after a nice breakfast at the Little Brown Hen Cafe. We wanted to see the Cape Arago Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, erected in 1866. When we arrived at Cape Arago State Park our first stop was the Simpson Reef Overlook and Shell Island. The barking, groaning and baying from literally thousands of pinnipeds (walruses, seals and sea lions) greeted us as we opened the car doors. The views were amazing of the many seals and sea lions on the reef and Shell Island through the binoculars. Continue reading

Oregon Coast

We finally left San Diego on June 15th heading north to the Oregon Coast where we had booked into the Sea Perch RV Resort for two nights, located near Yachats, We explored the beaches near the Park, first drove to get a beautiful view of Heceta Beach at the viewpoint looking across to the Heceta Lighthouse. After enjoying a fabulous late lunch at the Yachats Brewing + Farmstore we drove to Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and took the short hike to see the Devil’s Churn, Thor’s Well and Spouting Horn. We were there near high tide around 5:00 and we watched the turbulent ocean waves crashing through small cracks in the rocky shore, spraying straight up into the air. The next day we drove north toward Newport and stopped at the Seal Rock State Recreation Site. We hiked down through the Seal Rock State Wayside, and saw views of large off-shore rock formations that provide habitat for seals. sea lions, and other marine life. The beach has interesting tide pools as well as excellent ocean views and a sandy beach which we walked the entire length, enjoying the ocean breeze and the beautiful views. As we drove back to Yachats we pulled off the road to see these huge amazing wood carvings. It is the Brian McEneny Woodcarving Gallery and has one of the largest displays of refined chainsaw sculpture and tables on the Oregon Coast. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Oregon Coast-Yachats Oregon

May 26th, Monday, we left Trinidad to drive north along the Oregon Coast. The South Coast is mountainous and much of the coastline is made up of sea cliffs and miles of beaches. We drove along Hwy 101 which is known for its scenic overlooks of the Pacific Ocean and from the window of our coach we had a panoramic view of the coastline. We passed through Coos Bay, it is the largest city on the Oregon Coast with a population of 16,000. North of Coos Bay we saw the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area with several all-terrain vehicles riding the dunes. Driving along Hwy 101 we entered the city of Florence crossing over the Siuslaw River Bridge. It is a bascule bridge, the total length is 1,568 feet, it opened in 1936 and was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2005. Six hours after leaving Trinidad we were almost to our destination when we drove right past it on the winding narrow coastal highway without a place to turn around we kept going to Yachats, not too far up the highway. We turned around, not something Bob is thrilled about doing, and headed south again to the Sea Perch RV Resort, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. We have to learn never to trust the GPS coordinates, we have been fooled a few times. Continue reading