The mossies were out in force again when we woke up this morning, so we showered again with bug spray and packed up the tent. On our way out of the park we stopped by the Rim Village, just to check out the shops and grab some coffee for the drive. We were able to stop in a couple more stops along the rim for a few more great photos before heading out of the park and back on the highway. This time we were heading straight west, right for the Oregon Coast!
We were about 50kms from the coast when the car did a little jump and then the 'malfunction indicator' light flashed on the dashboard. Not a good sign. We pulled over, checked the fluids once again (and again had troubles reading the weird oil dip stick), and read the trusty Honda manual
. Ok, could mean a number of things, and we were hoping it was just a light malfunction and it would turn off soon. We decided to take it slow and make it to the coast, stopping in Reedsport and pouring a can of oil into the car (we hadn’t yet this trip, figured it was about time! It was reading ok, or so it seemed...). We then grabbed some groceries and made it to our campground, at the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, just a couple miles south of Reedsport on the 101, and set up our tent. Wanting to check out the area (but not drive very far), we went to check out the actual Umpqua Lighthouse and then to nearby Winchester Bay along the ocean. The car seemed to be running fine now, although we were already thinking of possibilities that we may have to consider if the light stays on (simply because the Honda manual said that if the light continued to stay on, even though the car seems to be running fine, to not drive it fast and basically get it to the Honda dealer right away – quite something to consider since we were a few miles from our Port Moody dealership). Alas, we thought we’d give it a good night’s rest and re-evaluate in the morning, so back at camp Cam cooked up an excellent tea of fire-grilled steak and we had a lovely night by the fire (and no mossies... yay!).