My weather App had predicted a sunny day for Dayle's birthday - and as we peeked out our caravan window from the cozy bed we were delighted to see blue sky over a calm ocean for as far as the eye could see. In late October. In Oregon! :-) After we all had our morning coffee, our plan was to meet up with Shirley, John and sister Denise and go to see our beloved Yaquina Head Lighthouse. What a perfect day for a visit!
We arrived there at 11:30 am and enjoyed a walk around the lighthouse and looking over the cliff on the oceanside to watch a group of pelicans diving for fish. A period dressed lighthouse keeper (interpretive volunteer) was walking along and I asked him if he was going to open the LH for us to see inside and he was, at noon. :-)I saw a V of Canada Geese flying overhead and quickly snapped this photo, hoping I caught the birds in the lens.. and I did!
Here is the big rock island right off the point. This and the coast is what the sailors were being warned not to hit by the lighthouse! The rock is a sanctuary for many breeds of sea birds, we saw several Cormorants. In the past I'd seen a Puffin here!
This is the view South towards Newport, Oregon from the LH. I love seeing the sun sparkle off of water.
The Lighthouse Keeper is welcoming us to come in.
I snapped this photo of the date above the door - 1872.
The keepers office.
These are the containers in the Oil Room.
A beloved Lighthouse.
The keeper telling us historical facts.
I love this shot up through the spiral staircase to the top.
The beautiful crystal lens in the top of the LH.
On the north side is this great rock outcropping that has a tunnel worn through it, do you see it?
As we headed out we pulled off and I got this shot of the LH and ocean beyond. :-)
We then drove through the historic Nye Beach area of Newport and on to our lunch destination - Georgie's Grill. It's a very good restaurant that is right on the ocean. We all had a delicious lunch and just chatted away and had the best time. After lunch we took everyone to see Newport's 2nd LH - Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.
This is the view from the lighthouse parking area.
Looking to the left, you see the picturesque Yaquina Bay Bridge. We have sailed our boat under this bridge several times out into the Pacific Ocean while we had our sailboat moored at Embarcadero Marina for one summer years ago.
We then drove over that bridge and South to visit a glass blowing shop. After that, Shirley, John & Denise bid us adieu and headed back to Portland. Dayle and I visited one other glass blowing shop where I snapped this photo of some colorful glass floats they'd made.
I was very very tempted to get one of these pumpkins for my Fall decor collection, but alas, did not.
Dayle and I then drove down into the Historic Bay Front and I snapped this shot of the Coast Guard Station from our moving car.. love my Lumix!
We *always* drive down to the commercial fishing yard and snap this photo - I never get tired of it, I hope you won't either. :-)
We then drove down to the Embarcadero Hotel and Dayle hopped out of the truck to snap this photo of the marina we spent a whole summer in, we were at the end of that 2nd dock and Dayle would catch crabs off the dock by our boat and cook them for me in the boat galley. I'll never forget the breakfast he made me one time - he buttered and grilled an onion bagel then spread it with cream cheese and covered that with a thick layer of fresh cooked Dungeness crab. :-D
Some of the sea lions that hang out in the bay front.
Here is our collection of agates from this trip. They are tiny, but pretty. Dayle found these on the beach right here in front of our caravan.
I will leave you with a shot of Buddy. We are beginning to pack up to head home. Dayle does the outside stowing and I do the inside.I hope you've enjoyed visiting the Oregon Coast with us! See you on the flip side! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)