Friday, February 27, 2015

Oregon Coast Adventuring

Hello my friends, are you ready to do some sightseeing with us?  OK!  Let's start with the view from my hotel room at Newport - Sally and I each had our own room and this was the view from both.  It was so neat to see the tides come in and out.  

I saw all these birds on a dry spot of sand so I zoomed in to have a look.

This is my room.. I should have opened the curtain but the view was behind it.  I had a fire going, too.  Beyond the half wall was a love seat, 2 barrel chairs and a table.  Very comfy.

Wednesday was our big day for adventuring.  I snapped this photo from my balcony!  It's Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  I really zoomed in as this is quite a ways from our hotel.

We headed off from the hotel and I took Sally to see the wonderful little lighthouse called Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.  If you've been a longtime reader of my blog, you'll recognize this.  

We drove up the coast to Lincoln City to a restaurant where Sally could get breakfast and I lunch.  Afterwards we got in the car so I could show her some of my favorite places.  We drove to Taft and I showed her all the seals that hang out on the sand spit there on Siletz Bay - a favorite place to take our grandchildren as the beach is protected from the open ocean, but you can still see the ocean and the waves.  

See their cute little faces?

I just love these 3 rocks in Siletz Bay with little gnarly trees growing on the tops.

I just think this is a quintessential image of coastal Oregon.

We drove up the Siletz River and I showed Sally the house that was built for the movie "Sometimes a Great Notion" by Ken Kesey, an Oregon author.  It's a GREAT book and a FABULOUS movie.  Have you heard of it?  They built this for the movie and were going to burn it down after filming, but the authorities would not give permission for the burn as it was a dry summer.  SO, they sold it to someone who finished it off and it's been lived in ever since.  I love the look of this house.

I would *LOVE* to live here.

I spied this log in the water on our way to see the house and stopped to snap a few images of it.  I love how a whole little ecosystem has sprouted from this old log.  I wonder what the future of these trees holds?

Sally said.. do you see the Canada goose?  Oh.. look at that!  *Snap*  

What a pretty goose!  I wonder if she was making a nest here?

Then I took Sally to Sea and Sand RV Resort where we camp in our trailer/caravan for a week each April and October for Dayle's and my birthday.  This is how close we are to the ocean when we camp there.

Heading south on Hwy 101 I swung off to show Sally another favorite "hidden" spot - it's at the north end of the Otter Crest Loop.  It's a beautiful stone house overlooking this cove.

Another house where I'd love to live and never will.  :-)

I parked in a little viewpoint park where Sally enjoyed the view, I walked out onto the bridge and turned to get this image of the house, the bay and the gorgeous waterfall that goes under the bridge.  Pretty, pretty.

I wish someone would go move that log off there.  :-D

Next up was to take Sally down through the Historic Bay Front at Newport on Yaquina Bay and show her the working fishing village activities.  I showed her the fish packing plants, the galleries, diners, salt water taffy shops, the Undersea Gardens and Wax Museum.  :-)  Then on to show her the fishing boats at the docks and admire the Newport Bay Bridge.

The barking sea lions.

Back under the bridge to snap a shot from the other side.

Then back to the hotel to rest up before heading to dinner at Georgies Grill right next door.  We had halibut fish and chips.  Why not?  :-)  We both enjoyed resting up from the day in our rooms - Sally came through the adjoining door to say goodnight.. and the door locked behind her.. we had to call the front desk for help and he had to break into her door which was locked securely - and even cut off the security lock with a bolt cutter!  LOL!  All this at 11:30 pm.  The next morning we had our coffee and breakfast in our rooms, packed up and were loaded up to head home at 11 am.  Our last big visit was for me to take Sally to see the Yaquna Head Lighthouse - it was blowing a gale with rain but she gamely went out to pose for me.  

I do think this is the most beautiful lighthouse.

I braved the elements - and it was blowing very stiffly - to take a photo of all these birds on top of a huge rock formation by the lighthouse - they looked like little penguins, don't they?  I found out that they are Common Murres - a diving bird that breeds in colonies such as this.  

Our last stop was for lunch at the tiny Otis Cafe - what a treat, they make all their own bread, biscuits, burger buns and pies.  We both had breakfast - mine was called "Redneck Eggs Benedict".  It was a biscuit with a sausage patty, then an egg omelet, topped with sausage gravy.  Yes, I took a photo but to be honest, it didn't look that "pretty".. but it did taste good!  I brought half of it home for Dayle.

It was a fun trip and Sally was so happy to see the ocean once again - and I showed her many places she'd never seen.  She regaled me with stories of her family visits to the coast when she was younger and then of times there with her husband.  Well, I better pack my swim bag and head to the pool to swim with Gracie.  I hope you enjoyed going along with us on our adventure.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. I did enjoy reading about and seeing some of what you saw on your adventure, Teresa! [sorry about the locked door part!] Thanks for I am off to meet you at the pool :-) xx

  2. Oh my Teresa. It was a fun trip wasn't it? All of my favorite places. Mandy and Brad ate at the Otis cafe on their honeymoon! She is so homesick for Oregon. I love both of those houses too. Maybe when Dennis retires the four of us could buy one and we could live at our beloved Oregon coast. :-). Tajik you for the trip. I sure hope to visit again before too long passes. (I loved the locked door story. That is surely something I would do!)
    Blessings always,

  3. What a super trip you enjoyed Teresa, I loved the photos especially the log with the trees extraordinary. Enjoy your weekend x

  4. What an amazing trip, such beautiful places. The trees on rocks or wood over the water are wonderful, so picturesque. I'm glad you both had such a wonderful time. CJ xx

  5. Wow, I can clearly see where DH and I will be going for our first trip to the coast.
    Do share the name of hotel where you two stayed.

    I especially loved the photo's of the treed log and the three rocks sprouting tree's. What fun you two must have had. Good times!

  6. Wow such amazing photos, I especially like the ones of the seals sunbathing!

  7. You ladies certainly had a wonderful trip. I have thoroughly enjoyed your photos and your commentary. That dead log that was bursting with live, was my favorite.
    Thank you,
    Connie :)

  8. The Oregon coast is just beautiful... lucky you! :)

  9. Thank you for that amazing trip, wonderful photos! Suzy x

  10. What a stunning place Teresa. The Oregon coast looks beautiful, even without the sun.
    I love all your photos. Thank you for sharing this wonderful trip.
    Jacquie x

  11. Sounds like you two had a great time. I enjoyed the trip too. All the ocean/water pics are gorgeous and I especially liked seeing those seals. We have a bridge here in Oz that isn't unlike yours - I guess you've seen the Sydney Harbour Bridge ?? What a view you'd get from that lovely stone house perched up there on that cliff. Wow. xox

  12. Oh my goodness! I miss a couple of days, and look what you have been up to!!!! You have a fabulous life my dear friend! So rich in family, friends, and adventure! I love when you take us along to your visits in beautiful Oregon and her rich history! I adored my morning read here. All of the past few posts, so entertaining, and beautifully photographed!!!!! And that yarn, oh my!!!!
    Love ya!!!

  13. I was just at the coast south of Newport last week.... and didn't take many pictures then (which is totally UNUSUAL for me!)... so immensely enjoyed your photo journal of t his trip. My parents used to have a little place just north of the Sand and Sea RV resort and we would walk a trail over to it now and then. My friends have stayed there too and they love backing in and having their back window look out at that gorgeous view! You do have such fun adventures and I thoroughly enjoy them. My fave photo was of the house that was built for Sometimes a Great Notion (saw that movie and it was awesome, and makes me want to see it again!)... and the log with the trees growing on it. Makes me want to start a section on my blog of my "photo journeys"!!! Marilyn

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. I always love reading your blog. It's like getting a hug from you! Always fun, and always filled with lovely photos. ((hugs)) to you sweet friend. :)

  15. Fabulous view Teresa and wonderful pictures again ☺Great seeing those seals and I love that house too and would live there very happily indeed. Your rv camp area is fantastic can we drive over to join you with out little rv across water lol xo Good seeing Sally too and boy it sure can be windy around lighthouses but then again they are protecting ships from the rugged coasts ☺☺

  16. If I can get all my trip preparations done tomorrow, I'd like to go visit the ocean next Sunday.
    So invigorating.
    I want the nurse log in my yard. Minus the canadian goose.

  17. Looks like you gave your friend quite the tour!! Love the photo of the Canadian Goose and, of course, the Siletz Bay rock formations. I agree with you about them--they are beautiful and a perfect representation of the coast :)
    Blessings, Aimee

  18. That looks a fantastic trip. The Oregan coastline looks so lovely and I enjoyed seeing all the wildlife and those lovely houses too. Sarah x

  19. What an amazing trip, so many beautiful places to see, thank you for sharing them with us.


  20. What a wonderful trip you two had. I love seeing all of these places since I've never been there. I especially love the wildlife photos, you got some really good ones. Thank you for sharing your trip. I'm glad you had such a nice time with a good friend, seeing interesting sights.

  21. Oh my gosh Teresa, the houses are unimaginably beautiful and right on the water!
    Things look so pretty and green by you. Keep those pictures coming...I'm still in the snow!

  22. Great post. And those rocks are awesome ... they may seem quintessential to you but I had never seen them before and think they are amazing!

  23. Oh, Teresa, I know I've said it before, but you sure do live in a beautiful area! Oh, how I wish I could see all of that in person, but since I can't, your pics are the next best thing. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for taking them and sharing with us! :D :D :D

  24. I enjoy Yaquina Head Lighthouse and have been there quite a few times. Even been up in it....3 or four times. The wind does blow alot there. We've seen a whale there as well. I'm glad you had a good time and enjoyed your time with your friend! Thanks for sharing your trip in photos! :0} xxx

  25. More beautiful photos! Thanks for taking us on a tour with you. Love how the sea lions are right up close!

  26. Such an incredible adventure! I would love to live in that house too. Thank you fro taking us along on your trip.


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