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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

North America » United States » Oregon September 11th 2013

FORT STEVENS STATE PARK The Fort Stevens Military Reservation guarded the mouth of the Columbia River from the Civil War through World War 2. The park has more than five miles of hiking trails and seven miles of paved bike paths. Here you will find every level of camping from tent sites, full hook-up RV sites, Yurts, and deluxe cabins (added just three years ago) and there is much to see and do. Astoria is historically important as the first permanent American settlement west of the Mississippi. Much of the history of the area is recorded in the local Museums and Forts. Coffenbury Lake, a fresh water lake, provides visitors with fresh water trout fishing, boating and a safe swimming area. Miles of beach can be explored or viewed from observation towers. There is something for ... read more
 Fort Stevens State Park
 Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens State Park

North America » United States » Washington September 10th 2013

Ilwaco, WA North Head Lighthouse, north of the mouth to Columbia River was first activated in 1898. Now the brick principal keeper’s house and half of the duplex assistant keeper’s house are available for overnight rental or special events such as weddings; the other half of the assistant keeper’s house is a ranger residence. Ownership of the light station was transferred to Washington State Parks in November 2012. The state and a preservation group are working to repair and restore the lighthouse located on a rocky headland at the mouth of the Columbia River. Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was first commissioned in 1856. It is painted with horizontal black and white bands, lantern black. This lighthouse... read more
View of beach Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco, WA
Sign along the trail,  Ilwaco, WA
 North Head Light, Ilwaco, WA

North America » United States » Washington September 9th 2013

The historic Grays Harbor Lighthouse was first commissioned on June 30, 1898. The original turning mechanism, set in a drum of mercury, was cranked by hand each day to rotate the oil fueled lamp. Now a new, smaller lamp with a very powerful light guides mariners with the same alternating red and white flashes. The tower windows are 1/4 inch thick, making its reflections a fire-starting hazard to the nearby trees so curtains are drawn across them on sunny days. The Fresnel lens from the Destruction Island Lighthouse is now displayed in the Maritime Museum in Westport. Westport harbor is filled with fishing vessels of all shapes and sizes. While wondering around the harbor area we saw them unloading Tuna and Shrimp from the boats into large boxes which were then loaded onto trucks to be ... read more
 Westport, WA
 Westport, WA
 Westport, WA

North America » United States » Washington September 8th 2013

Our drive today took us through parts of the Olympic National Forest, a rain forest with massive trees and lush vegetation. Highway 101 follows the south side of picturesque Lake Crescent, mountain streams and the Pacific Coast. What a joy is was for me to see the open ocean with waves crashing onto the beach. We had several sightings of Destruction Island Lighthouse on Destruction Island, about 3 miles off the coast. Stopped for lunch at a place called Beach 4. Plenty of space for parking and a couple of trails down to the beach. It was here that I could capture my picture of Destruction Island. After a nice lunch break we drove on down to Westport and got settled in our spot at a very nice RV part with pine trees, lots of space ... read more
Beach 4
Beach 4
Beach 4

North America » United States » Washington » Sequim September 6th 2013

Woke up this morning to no thunder, no lightening, no rain, only thick F-O-G! Not the ideal situation for taking pictures, however this is our last full day in Sequim so we wanted to see more of the interesting places in the area. We headed back east on Hwy 101 to Sequim Bay and the S'klallam Band Headquarters. They have several interesting buildings surrounded by beautifully kept gardens and native art. Even with the fog I was able to capture several interesting pictures. From there we drove on the west side of the Bay up to the John Wayne Marina. Apparently John Wayne used to own the marina and it is now run by his family. Millions of dollars worth of yachts sitting in that harbor. At least the seas were calm and there was no ... read more
 Sequim, WA Longhouse Market & Deli 04
 Sequim, WA S'klallam Band Headquarters 02
Sequim, WA S'klallam Band Headquarters 01

North America » United States » Washington September 5th 2013

We left home the morning of Sept. 4 heading south across the Sumas border crossing. No long line ups here now all the kids are back in school and most people back to work. time for the seniors to "hit the road". Our first stop was at the lovely Farmhouse Restaurant in O'Connor, WA. Not only do they have good food, but there is also a lovely little gift shop with unique and delightful gift for the grand-daughters. So grandma has started her Christmas shopping!! By the time we reached Whidbey Island the fog was quite thick so no point trying to get pictures. Took the ferry across to Port Towsend - still in the fog for half of the trip. Got a brief glimpse of a whale off the starboard side of the ferry. Drove ... read more
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