Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Oregon Coast and End of Trip

This one is out of order, but it is the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse as I was walking up the path to it.
When we drove to the coast, we got there in the evening and our first stop was dinner. Mom and Dad have been eating at a restaurant for over 30 years in Lincoln City called Dory Cove. It actually burnt to the ground a few years ago, but we were all thankful to find that the chef and some of the staff are still cooking on the opposite end of town making the same great fish and chowder. JoAnn is quizzing us with trivia from the menu.
Mom remembers eating at Dory Cove when she was pregnant with me.

Chowder, french fries, a Captain's plate and some extremely yummy fried halibut.

Clams and shrimp. :)!!

Carrying tired Cecily down to our cabin that we stayed at.

Mom cooking breakfast for everyone in her cabin.

Watching Looney Tunes that Grammy rented for them.

These are the folks who are ready to eat!

Our first good glimpse of the ocean. It rained and rained for the first 24 hours we were there. It was hard to get a good view of the surf from our cabins in the overcast weather.

We stopped at this lookout near Boiler Bay on our way to Newport.

Once in Newport, we visited some tide pools below the cliffs at Yaquina Head where the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is.


Touching a starfish. :)

Sam is showing a hermit crab on the tips of his fingers.

A small crab.

Truly, the weather was amazing. It was raining steadily, but the worst was the wind. It blew the rain straight at you and we were all soaked. At the bottom of the cliffs, in the tide pools, it wasn't as bad...

...but once we climbed to the top again, it was amazing!

The wind was almost blowing us off this path as we walked to the lighthouse.

We didn't get to go inside the lighthouse because a group of students was there and we would have had to wait an hour. Neat to see outside though.

The view down the cliffs from the lighthouse.

After some lunch, we drove further down the coast to see the Yaquina Bay lighthouse. This one we did get to tour and it was NEAT! This one was built before Yaquina Head. It was only used briefly before they realized they needed one out at the head instead of here at the bay.

The restored house has lovely architectural details.

All of my pictures of the living space inside turned out dark. I included this one so you could at least get an idea. This is looking out a parlor window. The rooms were very simple, but there was a lovely parlor with a fireplace and piano. I think the living quarters were used in the 1940's.

Staircase to the light tower.

We went to a dock on the old Bay Front to see some sea lions.

The kids loved them.

He loves animals. A happy day, even in the rain.

There were lots of people setting crab traps from the dock, so we got to see some of what they had caught.

We were all amazed that the weather completely cleared off and we actually got a SUNSET that night. This is the view from the cabin. :)

Morning wrestling.

A snow globe of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.

In the trunk of the Cadillac that was loaned to us by Doris. We took this picture for her. :)

Spending some time on the beach below our cabin before leaving.

It was low tide. The rocks were all pretty exposed. The birds have their favorite spot.

A snail clinging to one of the exposed rocks.

Sam and Will enjoy exploring the exposed tide pools and searching for shells and agates.

Walking back up.

Ice cream cones at the Tillamook Cheese Factory on the way.

We stopped briefly and saw an old friend from high school. She lives on the way between the coast and my sister Joy's house where we ended our travel for the day. It was great to see Tami and her mother and two kids. I didn't get any pictures at Joy's house as it was really late and crazy when we got there and we got up and headed to the airport in the morning.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love your pictures of your Oregon trip! It looks so relaxing and a lot like Ireland. Hope you were refreshed.

Thinking of you,