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North America » United States » Oregon » Dundee September 30th 2013

Lest any of you sitting in your nice warm homes or out in the 78-degree sunshine are worrying about us, we are OK. We were in Oak Harbor Friday night listening to the wind buffet our RV. Restless, we got up at 4:30 AM and tried to figure out how best to escape the big storm that was approaching. We left at 7:30 and drove 300 miles down I-5 in wind and rain. The rain wasn’t heavy, thankfully, but the wind made driving harder. Now we are here in Willamette Valley, Oregon and it’s still raining. Lindsay just opened our RV door to snap a picture and the door nearly got away from him. An hour ago the power went out in the RV camp. But the good news is, thanks to all our redundant systems, ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon September 24th 2013

What an amazing adventure we had today as we traveled into the Rogue River wilderness on Jerry's Rogue Jet Boat. Gold Beach which is named for the gold found near here in the mid-1800s, sits where the Rogue River meets the sea. All kinds of year round activities are available here - fishing and boating on the river, or beaches and ocean to please the entire family. Jet boat trips run up the wild and scenic Rogue River of 64, 80, and 104 mile round trips. The longer the trip the wilder the ride, so we chose the 104 mile all-day outing from 9:00am to 4:00 pm. The excursion included stunning scenery, wildlife viewing and white-water rapids!! Yes, we did get wet! On the way up river the boat made a stop at one of the ... read more
Bridge over Rogue River at Gold Beach
2013-09-24 Scarlet Crested Cormorant
2013-09-24 ROGUE RIVER JET BOAT - Agness Bridge over Rogue river

North America » United States » Oregon September 22nd 2013

Sunday was a cloudy and somewhat drippy day but there were still a few things I wanted pictures of before we left Bullard's Beach. As part of the State Park they have a Horse Camp circle so people can bring their horses down and camp by the beach. The horse camp has corrals for your horses with your camping spot. Pit toilets are close by, but you have to go into the main camping area for flush toilets and hot showers. We drove back north to Coos Bay to try and get a shot of the bridge over the Bay. Also saw them loading a ship with timber for export in North Bend. Found a Sizzler for lunch which made my husband happy!! He loves their salad bar. Said I should have taken a picture of ... read more
 Horse Camp, Bullard's Beach State Park
 North Bend Bridge
 North Bend

North America » United States » Oregon September 21st 2013

CAPE BLANCO Again the weather was favorable with blue skies and sunshine so we decided to drive further on down the coast to a little town called Sixes and then west 5 miles off the highway to Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The lighthouse towers 245ft. above the ocean at the westernmost point in Oregon. It is also the oldest continuously operating light in Oregon and the last on our “Tour of Lighthouses”. Two of Cape Blanco’s most distinguished keepers were James Langlois who served for 42 years, and James Hughes who served for 38 years. Those are amazing records in any time, but when they were there the lighthouse was quite isolated. It wasn’t until Highway 101 was built in 1930s that a decent road was made int... read more
 Waves crashing on sea wall

North America » United States » Oregon » Bend September 20th 2013

Yesterday we drove the 33 mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake. The road is aptly named, as we did indeed travel on the edge of the rim of the crater. Many of the pullouts were perched on steep cliffs, offering panoramic views - - as well as causing a bit of vertigo. The lake rests inside a caldera formed about 7700 years ago when Mt. Mazama erupted and its summit collapsed. The lake is fed by rain and snowmelt, and at 1900 feet deep, is the deepest lake in the U.S. The depth accounts for its intensely blue color. The lake is also considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world. There is an island in the lake, Wizard Island, named for its resemblance to a sorcerer’s hat. It is a cinder ... read more
Phantom Ship
Wizard Island


North America » United States » Oregon September 19th 2013

BEACHSIDE S.P., YACHATS to BULLARDS BEACH S.P., BANDON Last night there was a full moon. Have you ever walked on the beach in the light of a clear, bright full moon? If not, I would strongly recommend it. That is what I was doing in the very early hours of the morning, looking for a picture of the moon reflecting on the water, of course!! We had reservations at Bullards Beach State Park for the week-end but not for Thursday night, so we needed to get there early to get our spot for four nights (you cannot reserve for the night you call). It is interesting to see how much the Logging industry has increased all down the coastal range. We have not seen so many log trucks for a long time. ... read more
Umpqua River Lighthouse, Reedsport
Umpqua River Lighthouse, Reedsport
 Coquille River Lighthouse, Bandon

North America » United States » Oregon September 18th 2013

BEACHSIDE STATE PARK Today was a PERFECT day on the Oregon Coast – clear blue skies; warm sunshine and no wind!! We decided to make the most of it and carried our chairs out onto the warm sandy beach and sat there watching the waves (it was high tide) and sea creatures and reading our books. Later in the afternoon we drove around Yachats and discovered the Yachats River Covered Bridge built long ago when the road followed the river. While there we met a couple on motor cycles from Alberta and a guy on a pushbike from Washington State. It is interesting how many other Canadians we have met along the way. Of course, the first thing you notice is the license plate, and that is enough to start ... read more
 Looking up into the tree
Yachats River Covered Bridge

North America » United States » Oregon September 17th 2013

SALEM TO WALDPORT Our drive today took us down 99W through Monmouth and Corvallis, university towns – then west out to Newport where we joined Hwy 101 again and followed the coast. What a beautiful day it was to be driving down the Oregon coast. There are so many places to pull off the road and enjoy breath taking views. One pullout had enough space for our rig so we stopped right above the beach, took out our chairs and ate lunch on the edge of the cliff overlooking the ocean. We decided to stop at Beachside State Park and take our chances at getting a camping spot. This is one of the older State Parks but it is right on the beach. We were fortunate to get the last space big ... read more
 Great place for lunch
 Cormorants resting on a sunny rock
 Pelican Rock

North America » United States » Oregon September 14th 2013

These next three lighthouses we will bypass this trip since we visited them just three months ago and have the pictures to post. This weekend we are in Salem OR in the Premier Resort RV court so we can catch up on our family here as well as other important things like football, internet access, laundry, shopping etc.!!! CAPE MEARES LIGHTHOUSE. Located west of Tillamook this lighthouse stands 217 ft. above the ocean, yet its tower is the shortest on the Oregon coast, just 39 ft. First commissioned in 1890, it is no longer in service. The lighthouse still contains the original Fresnel lens. YAQUINA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE Just 3 miles north of Newport, OR, this lighthouse stands 162 ft. above sea level. Its 93-foot-tower is the tallest on the Oregon Coast. First commissioned in 1873, today ... read more
 Cape Meares Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
 Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

North America » United States » Oregon » Cannon Beach September 12th 2013

This morning we woke to a covering of sea mist which usually means not a good day for pictures. However, by the time we reached Ecola State Park the mist had cleared enough to add interesting effects to the pictures. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, located 1.2 miles seaward off Tillamook Head, can be viewed from Ecola State Park. The rock has a 62 ft. high tower and stands 133 ft. above sea level. Its exposure to fierce storm waves gave it the nickname “Terrible Tilly”. Originally commissioned in 1881 to guide vessels into the Columbia River, it has now been replaced by a whistle buoy. It is the only privately owned lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. There is no public access to Tillamook Rock. Views from Ecola State Park over the beach to Haystack Rock are always ... read more
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach from Ecola lookout

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