Beautiful Oregon Coast

Trip Start Jan 27, 2010
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

On Friday we drove back to the Oregon Coast to Lincoln City. It was another scenic drive through some more forest and farm land. The weather was good too. We stopped for some breakfast (most of the hotels have breakfast but the one in Portland didn't) and then drove down the Pacific Coast Highway 101. We’d driven on the same highway between Santa Monica and San Francisco earlier on in our trip. It was just a 2 lane road and quite a bit of it was right on the ocean so we got some really nice views. We stopped for petrol and we had someone serve us, in Oregon all service stations are required to pump the petrol for their customers!

We had only 26 miles to drive to Newport where we had accommodation booked for the night but there were lots of things to see between Lincoln City and Newport. The Oregon Coast is really rugged and from talking to some of the locals it sounds like they get some huge winter storms. We could see lots of driftwood that had been washed up onto the beaches, even whole trees. We stopped at some scenic viewpoints and at Depoe Bay, a small but pretty town and harbor. We went for a walk along the street (and feeling pretty sore, we were both paying for the hike we did the day before to the top of the waterfalls!) and had a look at the shops that were open. Some of them had on the door open at 12ish!

We drove on and stopped at Cape Foulweather (Captain Cook named it in 1778 on a day of really bad weather). The view was great and it had a really great gift shop right on the cliffs edge. We got to Newport and went to the historic bay front where the commercial fishing fleet is located along with some nice shops and galleries. There were also some really noisy sea lions, all trying to be the top sea lion! We went for a walk along the beach, which was really nice, there was quite a lot of driftwood high up on the sand. From the beach we could see the Yaquina Bay lighthouse, one of the historic lighthouses dotted along the coast. It was first lit in 1871 and is the only wooden lighthouse on the Oregon Coast.

Our hotel was really good. We’ve paid an average of $50 a night for our hotel and some have been better than others! It had a Chinese restaurant attached and it was great. We got a combo platter for $10 which had prawns, sweet and sour chicken, beef with vegetables and rice and between us both we couldn’t eat it all.

Today we had just over 200 miles to drive to Crescent City which is just over the border in California. We had another really scenic drive, through some forests and small towns and past some really nice coastal areas. We saw some of the Oregon dunes which stretches south for 40 miles and passed a lot of cars towing off road buggies heading to the dunes. We saw more of the coasts historic lighthouses and bridges. We turned off the highway for a couple of miles and went to the Dean Creek elk viewing area. There were quite a few Elks but they were a fair way from the road. There was a volunteer there who was really interesting to talk to and he gave us some binoculars so we could have a better look. We stopped in Bandon for some lunch and to have a look around the old town shops. We crossed into California and drove through some of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and saw some of the 1000 year old redwoods. Some of them were really huge. Our hotel in Crescent City is across from the harbor, we went for a walk out on the wharf and there were heaps of noisy sea lions. We are heading inland tomorrow and going to some of the Californian gold towns. Bye for now Dianne and Alan
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