South to North Bend

September 14, 2018. Leaving the lovely town of Florence it looks like we are in for a bit of fog. Perhaps it will lift as the day goes on. We stop in Gardiner, a tiny, weathered town along Highway 101, to get a shot of this statue and I notice the dreary, lowered sky is already lifting. Yeah!!DSC_0001 (2)Statue in Gardiner OR along 101

Next up is the Umpqua River Lighthouse, but first the boys get some time in at the dog park in Reedsport. It was hard to find and nothing outstanding about it, but the Boys enjoyed and that’s all that matters.
I have to be totally honest about this; Umpqua was not my favorite lighthouse. Pretty much looks the same as most of them do, but to make it even less inviting is the fact it is smack dab in the middle of coast guard housing. Tough to get a decent photo, but it is what it is.

A quick shot of the view of Winchester Bay,

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and we continue south to North Bend where the rest of the day is taken up with all the usual things. Buying ice, and supplies, walking the dogs, planning what we will take in tomorrow. We settle in for the night at The Mill Casino.

Tomorrow becomes today and with beautiful azure skies we head west to Charleston, a tiny fishing town known for being an oyster bed—so to speak. Huge piles of white shells can be found on the east side of the bridge that takes you into the town, testament to the fact they catch a lot of oysters here.

Our goal this morning, though, is Sunset Bay a beautiful small bay where the parking lot is snugged right up to the beach and walks  and kayaking are at your fingertips if that’s your thing.  We are here early and there are not too many people about.

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These are the only shells I’ve found on this trip.

DSC_0015  Next up is shore acres, a not-to-be-missed Oregon State Park.

Thanks for coming along!  Hugs, Shawna

 

Florence, Oregon, The Place to Be Now

FLORENCE, Oregon.  I chose Florence as the place to hangout and spend some time idling in order to keep out of the inland heat. I am really missing family, and now that the Boys and I are so close it’s hard not to just make a dash south and east into Cali; only about five hours away!!! But the heat. And another fire near Redding, this one north of the city, makes me listen to reason and just kick back for a time.

Not a ton of things to do here, but there is beach access in a couple of places.  Great sea food at Mo’s. Pretty Oregon scenery all around. But one of my favorite places is the marina in the Old Town section of Florence. Watching this cormorant dive for his dinner was fun . . .

These super petunias lining the boardwalk are so pretty…

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DSC_0005 (2)Boats in marina. Old Town Florence OR

And it’s beginning to look a lot like autumn

DSC_0002Turning Leaves, Florence Oregon

A ride on Hwy 36 along a fork of the Siuslaw near Swisshome shows just how parched the Oregon Coast is. This river is so low! I find the flat rocks showing in the riverbed interesting.  I know, I’m a rock freak.  LOL

20180903_123723Flat Rock on a fork of the Siuslaw River

Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs! Hugs, Shawna

 

 

Heceta Head Lighthouse

August 16 — After spending almost a couple of weeks in and around Waldport, OR we once again travel south. My quest to photograph the lighthouses of the Oregon coast will be one lighthouse closer to accomplishment after our stop at Heceta Head.

It’s a gorgeous day, mostly sunny with no wind, and the Chiweenie Brothers and I enjoy the short hike it takes to get to the lighthouse.  The lightkeeper’s big house for him and his family is down the hill from the lighthouse A grand house it is, beautifully restored and kept up.

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I encourage you to Google information on this lighthouse as it has some interesting history.

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In addition to the big house down the hill, there are living quarters attached to Heceta Head Lighthouse also.  Space was tight and made it impossible to get everything in the photo.

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Building attached to the lighthouse

DSC_0025 (3)Chiweenie Brothers at Haceta LighthouseA trail up the hill leads to a nice view of the top of the lighthouse.

Anyone care to guess what this is?

Concrete mounting blocks at Haceta Head Lighthouse

A view of the beach below the lighthouse at the parking area.  DSC_0033 (2)

Thanks for stopping by!  The Boys and I love having you along for the ride!  Hugs, Shawna

Waldport, Gov. Patterson State Park and Cooks Chasm

Waldport, Oregon—about the halfway point along Hwy 101 in Oregon. The intention for a couple day’s stay turns into almost two weeks.  The boys and I get in a lot of beach time.  We find one beach, Neptune, that if we go early enough we are the only ones there and the rocky cliffs on both sides are steep enough and reach out toward the sea far enough to keep two wild wiener dogs contained.  I let them off leash to run their little hearts out.

DSC_0043 (1)Fries, Bridge, Beach

August 11th. The sky lowers and a light but steady rain falls.  The boys, ever adaptable to what is placed before us, are content to curl up and nap.  I read and nap.

By early afternoon the sun makes an appearance and we have a glorious rest of the day in which to enjoy this beautiful area.  I find a patch of blackberries and pick a few for my breakfast cereal tomorrow morning.  Charlie picks salal berries, but none make it into the berry container!

DSC_0015 (2)Blackberries picked at Neptune

DSC_0010 (2)  DSC_0014 (1)Charlie Picking Berries

We spend our nights bouncing back and forth between Governor Patterson State Park near Yachats (pronounced yaw hots), Cooks Chasm, and a parking area beside Highway 34 in Waldport. Our days are spent on our favorite beach at Neptune State Park, and other beaches farther south.

DSC_0004 (1)Neptune Beach
The Left Side of Neptune Beach

Our nights at Cooks Chasm are a mix of soothing and intense sounds.  The surf pounds the lava rock and sounds like booming thunder as the sea works its way between narrow channels, lava rock overhangs, and shallow caves.  It pushes its way up into a hole in the rock to shoot spray up in the air as the force of the water pushes toward the rocky shore; The Spout. As the tide drags the sea back I am soothed and lulled into a sense of peace until the thundering crashes begin again.DSC_0053

COOKS CHASM BLOW HOLE

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Thors Well is a bit farther out at Cooks Chasm, and the sea boils into it from below— up, and over the rim of the large round hole in the lava then gets pulled back out as the tide makes its backward pull.  The well becomes devoid of water, and the fascinating scene repeats over and over in the ancient rhythm of the sea.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs, Shawna and the Boys

CURRENT READ: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

 

 

Smelt State Park

A breezy, but gorgeous day calls for some beach time.  I turn into Smelt Sands State Park, teeny tiny as it is, only because I like the name.  Yeah, I’ve smelt (smelled) sand before, and it smells like the ocean … Hahahahahah.

The tide is out and the rocks with their shallow depressions trap starfish, anemones and other sea creatures in the pools left by the receding ocean.

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The boys and I explore, and I am a kid in the candy store. Check out these sea treasures.

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DSC_0077Charlilel in the Kelp Bed at Low Tide, Smelt Sands
Charlie B checks out the kelp bed

A timeless reminder about the pull and power of the sea. Click on the photo to enlarge.
DSC_0088At Smelt Sands State Park Central Oregon

Just a few days ago a Chinese couple,  recent immigrants to the US and living in Lake Oswego, OR, lost their lives in front of their 10 year old daughter when they climbed out onto a rock near Rock Creek Park south of Depoe Bay during the incoming high tide and were swept off into the ocean by a wave.   A helicopter rescue team was sent out and got them, but they both died in hospital shortly after being taken there. What a senseless tragedy.

Thanks for stopping by 2DogsTravel.  Hugs, Shawna and the Chiweenie Boys.

 

The Devil’s Punchbowl and the Yaquina Lighthouses

Between Depoe Bay and Newport lies the Devil’s Punchbowl, a beautiful bridge/cave rock formation where the sea ebbs and flows through it.  I am thoroughly intrigued.

Yaquina Lighthouse is a bit further south.  DSC_0005 (1)Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Common Murres, in from nine months on the sea, make this rock their home for the three months it takes to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. Then it’s back out to sea.

From here, the next stop is Yaquina Head and another beautiful lighthouse,

DSC_0018 (1)Yaquina Bay Lighthouse  and the bridge over the bay. Such a gorgeous area.

DSC_0024 (1)Yaquina Bay Bridge

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We head on to Newport where the boys get in some dog park time, then I make a stop at Walmart for supplies. Not having refrigeration and depending on an ice chest to keep some of our food cold, re-supplying happens about once a week. Ice will last in my cheapie Igloo Island Breeze for a minimum of five days due to the heavy insulation I use in and on it, so that’s not too bad, but it’s small and the block of ice takes up half the room. 🙂 Fortunately I am fine with having very few items that need refrigeration.

Thanks for coming along on our adventures!  Hugs, Shawna

Boiler Bay. Depoe Bay. Rocky Creek Viewpoint

August 4, 2018 . We leave Lincoln City behind and continue south. Destination: Boiler Bay.  It’s a beautiful day with a bit of a breeze and the sun playing hide and seek. I thoroughly enjoy the ride even though traffic is heavy; It’s summer and this is Highway 101 …

We pull into the wayside at Boiler Bay and Sandy is right behind us.  I snap the leashes onto the boys’ harnesses and saunter over to the fence at the edge of the parking lot gazing out over the bay, eyes casting about for whales. Nothing.

Sandy shows me the inside of her new Mercedes cargo van. She shares that she came over from an appointment in Portland where she had the inside outfitted to truly make it a home on wheels.  It’s beautiful!!!

We go back to the overlook and chat as we keep an eye on the water so we don’t miss a whale sighting.  Sandy got her master’s degree in age and aging at the age of 60! She is retired now, but likes to keep busy volunteering to help in disaster type situations around the country.  She’s originally from  the east coast, but currently from Austin, Texas where she took care of her mother until her passing.

Someone shouts that they  have spotted a whale, and sure enough a young gray is seen in the water.

After seeing this young whale surface again and again over the course of about a half hour, Sandy leaves for her camp at KOA in preparation for her trip to Lake Tahoe in the morning. I drive back north to Lincoln City for another night at the Chinook Winds Casino.

The next morning the boys and I take in Depoe Bay on our way to Newport.

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This young lady is tracking radio-tagged marbled murrelets for the University of Oregon.

DSC_0047Young Lady working for University of Oregon Tracking Marbled Murrlets  A plaque here on the rock wall honors two men who lost their lives trying to save others.

As our coastal meander continues we take a side road to Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint.  I love this rock house perched on the cliff overlooking the ocean,  and the old bridge over the Creek.

Our day continues . . .