On the road along the Oregon coast - 2008 . . .
during our travels in the Pacific Northwest
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Updated: 11/30/08

        Because we spent fifteen days along the Oregon coast,
        we have split our travels along the coast into four pages.

Use the links below to move around Page 4.

    Old Town (Newport) . . .     

    Cape Perpetua . . .     Winchester Bay - Salmon Harbor . . .     South Jetty - Bandon, OR . . .

    Cape Blanco State Park . . .       Cape Blanco Lighthouse . . .    Back at camp . . .

    Bullards Beach State Park . . .





Old Town (Newport) . . .    


A different look at the bridge we have driven on many times.

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d f0923or cst_433 harbor_1.JPG (46968 bytes)The docks of Newport were quiet as it was the end of the season for the ocean crab fisherman. Bay crab were still in season. The crab traps were stacked all over. Many were covered to protect them from the weather. We spoke with a gal from the Port Authority. She told us many factors will decide when the season opens - testing crabs for size, quality and abundance of stock. Generally the season runs December to August.


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As we walked down the sidewalk, the harbor seals could be heard from a block away.  


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The Coast Guard station overlooked the harbor. 





a a f0924 or newport_158 crab_1.JPG (69324 bytes)We had two purposes for going to Old Town. One was to see what the operating waterfront looked like. The other was to buy a Dungeness grab for dinner. 





Just as we were leaving Old Town, the rain got heavy.

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The next day was a little foggy as we headed south again.



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That did not mean we did not stop frequently at pull-offs to see what we could see. At least the fog was not so heavy as to block out all views.






The water against the rocks created a froth that added another color to the scene.






There were many examples of the three most important thing in real estate as we drove along the Oregon coast.










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Cape Perpetua . . .

a f0925or road_228 cp sign_1.jpg (36329 bytes)This visitor center didn't offer too much. The videos about the whale that was nursed back to health after ingesting plastic was good. The sand dune video was okay. We had seen the Mount St. Helens video. 

This area is more than 800 feet above the shoreline. The highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon Coast.




Devils Churn . . .



It looked like milk.








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Nice tree . . .


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This inlet was much more calm.







   This spouting hole in a rock turned out not to THE spouting rock.

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a f0925or road_283 cp spout diff_1.jpg (44817 bytes)The real spouting rock did not cooperate very well. It perform better at high tide or during a storm.






After waiting a long time for it to finally act like a spout, we missed most of it.       Oh well, back to the truck.




It isn't hard to find a nice place for lunch along the Oregon coast. Just head for one of the state's many waysides, open the refrigerator and enjoy.






This photograph is darkened to show the mist better.






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None of our lunch for this fellow . . .


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We wondered how the State of Oregon obtained so much prime land along the coast. The information plaque at this this wayside helped our understanding of one method.


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Down the road a little the mist was more evident.





This is another example of a wayside on prime costal land.





This was a very long tunnel.


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Heceta Head Lighthouse sits 205 feet above the ocean 12 miles north of Florence. It was built in 1893. The lightkeeper's house, Heceta House, is now a bed and breakfast.








a f0925or road_440 lh seals_1.JPG (50760 bytes)a f0925or road_453 sea lions_1.jpg (47500 bytes)We were considering a tour in a the largest sea lion cave until a guy standing looking at these sea lions said there were none in the cave. Apparently, all of the sea lions were out hunting and playing.  While we were in the gift shop, the owner told the ticket seller that there was ONE in the cave for the last tour.  Wow! We didn't take the tour.





Big footprints in the sand?






a f0925or road_489 yurt_1.jpg (79374 bytes)If you have been looking at our Campsites page, you may have noticed the similarities of the Oregon state parks. All have an asphalt pad, water, electric and many have sewer ($20-$22). Trees or bushes generally line three side. All parks have Yurts for about $8 more a night - seems better than a tent to us.

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We have been pleased with them and used them frequently on our Oregon coast travels. We arrived at the Bullard State Park late in the afternoon. Because it was a weekend, we had made reservations.



We left the HHII in camp and took a day trip farther down the coast.



Another decorative bridge by Conde McCullough over the Umpqua River.

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And one that rotates . . .



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Winchester Bay - Salmon Harbor . . .

b f0926or_117 salmon harbor sign_1.jpg (21694 bytes)This was an interesting stop. We  have learned a lot about the west coast lighthouses on our trip.



The William Tugman State Park offered a place for people to play on their ATVs. (If you don't know the toy lingo, "All-terrain Vehicles")



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b f0926or_119 triangle_1.jpg (49172 bytes)The triangle was originally built as a training exercise for the Coast Guard. A commercial oyster farm was inside the triangle.  These oysters have an unique taste because the triangle contains 80% salt water and 20% fresh water. The tour guide explained some of the labor intensive process of an oyster farm.


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The Umpqua Lighthouse tour was well done. An interesting fact - the county leases the lighthouse from the Coast Guard so they can give tours.

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b f0926or_170 lh curtains_1.JPG (34866 bytes)The curtains were used to protect the lens from the sun during the off-hours.



b f0926or_174 lh is uniform_1.jpg (36197 bytes)We heard more about the ridged cleanliness regulations imposed on the lighthouse keeper and his wife. The keeper had to be in uniform all the time. Each keeper  had a white cloak he put on over his uniform while he cleaned the building and the lenses of the light. 

The lighthouses were inspected several times a year. Each inspection was a surprise, often the inspector arrived in the middle of the night. So the residence and lighthouse had to be in clean and neat at all times.






Like many lighthouses, we could climb the stairs . . .


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. . . In this one we could also stick our heads in the lens.


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Very interesting . . .


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An operating bulb and a backup bulb waiting for its time to serve.


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b f0926or_234 lh demise_1.jpg (128432 bytes)The original lighthouse was damaged during floods in 1861 and 1863.


Its foundation was so weak, it fell into the river in 1864.








The old Coast Guard barracks is now a museum and gift shop. The three-man boat was used for sea rescues. It was a good vessel for ocean use because it could roll and right itself. Originally it was manned by two men, one in the front and one in the rear. However, they could not hear each other over the noise, so they added another man in the center of the boat to relay the messages.


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b f0926or_241 lh m oil cans_1.JPG (40983 bytes)b f0926or_242 lh m oil can_1.jpg (43809 bytes)One regulation the lighthouse keeper had to follow was to limit the amount of fuel in the lighthouse. For safety reasons, there could be no more than five gallons of fuel in the lighthouse.







b f0926or_154 jetty lookout_1.jpg (39739 bytes)When the red flag indicating a gale force winds is flying, the Coast Guard stations a man in this tower beside the Umpqua River. He writes down the number/name of any boat going out in these conditions. If that boat later requires rescue, the Coast Guard charges the owner for the rescue.






This is a Tsunami warning siren. The tour guide said the sensor is located 4,000 miles out in the ocean. 


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Continuing south, with the HHII in tow,  some of the sand dunes were close  to the road.


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Wood chips and the source of the wood chips - trees. The area made particle board and plywood sheets.   


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South Jetty - Bandon, OR . . .


We started our day's ride down the coastline at the South Jetty in Bandon.


Looking at the Coquille River Lighthouse across the  Coquille River.

   d f0927or blanco_103 sj_1.JPG (49782 bytes) The south jetty . . . 



The shore south of the south jetty was littered with a lot of big driftwood.





Most of the beaches have grass brought over from Europe in the early 1900's. It was imported to stop the sand and it did. It did it so well, the sand beaches continue to move toward the sea. There are programs to remove this grass, the roots are 25' long so it is a difficult project.












While Mary Lou figured out what she was looking at, Fred photographed a framework of some kind that washed ashore.







A little farther walk down beach, it was a beautiful shoreline.





Looking back at the lighthouse . . .





Here is another size comparison - a Coast Guard boat heading for the river, the dredger Yaquina, the Coast Guard boat in the river with the Coquille River Lighthouse and small pleasure boats.



The dredge had been working deepening the river mouth since we arrived yesterday. And, was still working when we left the area. All of the sand vacuumed out of the river mouth is taken out into the ocean to a designated spot and dumped.  





d f0927or blanco_146 jetties_1.JPG (41818 bytes)Next, we drove the Beach Loop Drive south of Bandon. It included several state  waysides/parks very close together. 







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      This gal must be a gymnast.





View, view, view . . .    












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    Mary Lou wandered off to the left
    as Fred walked to the waters edge.








d f0927or blanco_220 dk sheels_1.JPG (68700 bytes)Some of our beachcombing treasures came out of this pile of clams Fred found.







Mary Lou had Fred come over to look at the lava rock and campfire locations. She also had some collectables for the plastic bag.


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We showed you a motorcoach resort. This is a RV lot ownership park.






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Port Orford is the western most town in the continental United States. That was our reason for going there. As we headed south on US 101, the route curved left in town. Painted on the street in front of us was an invitation to go up the road in front of us to their ocean view.






In the middle of town was a sign pointing to Port Orford Heads Wayside. It wasn't much but this quick view on the way there was nice.







Turning off US 101 toward the Cape Blanco State Park sheep were grazing throughout the area.


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Cape Blanco State Park . . .



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     Mary Lou and the lighthouse . . .


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Cape Blanco Lighthouse . . .


Cape Blanco Lighthouse is in Cape Blanco State Park just north of Port Orford and 5 miles west of Highway 101.  The lighthouse is on land that is the most western part of the United States. The lighthouse had closed at 3:00pm.


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At the beach . . .


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This is another cranberry producing area. These bogs seemed to be in better shape that the previous ones we saw. 


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Back at camp . . .


Turning into the state park we stopped to photograph three blacktail deer. We didn't dawdle too much because we wanted to see the sunset.


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The beach is almost three miles from the campground. We made it just in time before the sun was lower than the horizon. Still time for a few photographs - even a quick one up the river. 









On our way back to the HHII, we saw three different blacktail deer. They would have been quite a distance from the state park entrance to be the same three we saw earlier.


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Bullards Beach State Park . . .


The next day we stayed close to home - we didn't leave Bullards Beach State Park. 


Our first stop was at the Coquille River Lighthouse.

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The view from the 'lantern room'. (We just learned what the space where the light is located is called.)


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The information board was well done.

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It was an unbelievable late September day. The temperature was about 70 and a very low wind speed. We carry the chairs in the truck just this type of opportunity.

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Some people couldn't stay out of the water.

The water was not as cold as in Fort Stevens. However, it was cold enough - like getting into Higgins Lake. However, instead of getting warmer the longer you are in it, the water gets colder.

We were not the only ones enjoying the nice weather. This young boy had fun walking toward the water an running away from it as it chased him.

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Fred decided to walk over to the river to get a better look at the dredge.


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e f0928or bbsp_221 nj_1.JPG (43552 bytes)While there, he decide to walk out on the north jetty. It required climbing over a couple natural obstructions - big driftwood.


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The north jetty was dry until close to the end where some waves had splashed.


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The end of the north jetty has a couple large cracks. The part at the very end may be tipping into the Pacific.


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Wave action on rocks . . .


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Fred used his cell phone to call Mary Lou to tell her where he was.


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She made photographs of Fred.





Behind the waves - most of the time waves we see are coming at us.


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Campers are provided a corral for their horses.

 Only a hitching rail is provided for day use visitors.      





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The green drawbridge over the Coquille River changed colors with approaching sunset.


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This is the last sunset we will see over the Pacific Ocean from the Oregon Coast . We leave the area in the morning.  


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We hope you enjoyed hearing about our tour of the Oregon coast. It is a beautiful area that is worth several days of your travel time. 


Other Oregon coast pages:

On the road along the Oregon coast (Page 1 of 4) - 2008

On the road along the Oregon coast (Page 2 of 4) - 2008

 On the road along the Oregon coast (Page 3 of 4) - 2008



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