Cape Blanco Lighthouse

While camped at Edson Creek we take advantage of  having some time on our hands and head to Cape Blanco, across Hwy 101 from where we are.  The road is narrow, rough in places and sometimes it’s a tight fit to get by someone.

It’s partly cloudy with a light breeze. That is until we get to the lighthouse.  The wind is screaming in fits and starts out on the cape and it’s dang cold. The poor host has his winter gear on and it’s a good thing since he has to be out in this all day. I park, leaving The Chiweenie Brothers in the van,  and walk back to take lighthouse photos.

The host asks me where are the dogs, and that throws me for a minute …  He explains that he looks forward to petting and making over any dogs that come along and he noticed the boys in the van as we pulled up and asks what “brand” they are. I explain they are chiweenies, dachshund/chihuahua cross, and not inclined to be out in anything less than 60 degrees OR in a cold wind.  He nods his head in understanding, disappointment clearly showing in his eyes, but they light up when someone pulls up with a golden lab in the back seat.  He gets his dog fix after all!

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It’s cold but the view is magnificent. DSC_0048 (1)

As breathtaking as the scene is I don’t linger. I am soon back at the van and heading back down the narrow rutted road. Not a good idea to pull a trailer all the way up to the lighthouse.  There’s a campground a bit down the road, but I know nothing about it, other than they had the “full” sign on display.

I stop to take photos of Hughes House which is closing as I pull in, but I get some nice shots of the old house.  Read more about Hughes House HERE .

DSC_0070 (1)Huges House, Cape Blanco OR

We also park a bit farther down the road back toward Hwy 101 and take the short trail to the old pioneer cemetery.  It’s a mowed, short trail where at the end we find a few gravesites. An informational sign says all the remains have been removed, but fails to say why.

Cape Blanco Pioneer Cemetery, aka Hughes Family Cemetery, is located on the road into Cape Blanco State Park. The graveyard was built around the local church (Mary, Star of the Sea), and contained various members of the Hughes family and their mostly Irish immigrant neighbors.

Thanks for coming along!  Hugs, Shawna

 

Bandon-By-The-Sea . . .

Bandon. One of my favorite places in Oregon and where the best cream puffs I’ve ever tasted are made!  But, seeing how ol’ Murphy, of Murphy’s Law fame, is my cousin, the Bandon Bakery is closed.  Oh that’s right, it’s not Murphy at all. It’s Monday.  They aren’t open on Monday. Neither is the Bandon Market that’s on the wharf. Well, you picked fine time Lucille to stop in Bandon, didn’t you?

We head out to the jetty to get the Bandon lighthouse from the south side.

DSC_0027 (1)From here we head back north and capture some shots from the north side. The lighthouse is accessible from a road heading out to the ocean from Bullard’s Beach State Park. I love this squat little lighthouse.  The boys get in some drift wood exploration, too.

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My goodness, it’s a gorgeous day! No trip to Bandon is complete without driving Beach Loop Road and stopping at Face Rock. This viewpoint offers exceptional vistas of the  area to the left and right of Face Rock.

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I spend a bit of time just drinking in the view, but soon we are on the road just a bit south of Face Rock to stop and visit with good friends who have recently moved here.  I am served a scrumptious strawberry shortcake that rivals those cream puffs whose exquisite taste I was raving about.

Anxious to get on the road and closer to family I regretfully decline their generous offer of a place to park and access to laundry and a shower. Such awesome people! I linger,  but know I must move on. It’s been a year since I’ve seen my sons, my sister, and my grandchildren.  The closer I get the more urgent seeing them becomes.

We head south bathed in the warm sunshine of this beautiful day.  Thanks for coming along with us! Hugs, Shawna

 

 

Shore Acres and Cape Arago Lighthouse

Once we leave Sunset Bay we head south to Shore Acres State Park.  This park used to be the summer home of lumber Baron Louis J Simpson who built a magnificent home on the rocks of the shore overlooking the ocean with a gorgeous flower garden complete with a Japanese inspired pond.  The gardener’s quarters and the restored gardens are all that is left of this magnificent estate.

During the winter holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s metal sculptures depicting ocean-related themes and creatures and are brought in and festooned with over 300,000 lights. I’ve visited here before during this time and it is absolutely gorgeous. And very crowded, but worth it!

The Simpsons’ view from their cliff top home. Read more about this Oregon State Park and its benefactor’s HERE 

Cape Arago  lighthouse from afar.   Somehow, some way I missed the road to get to this lighthouse.  Dang! A good excuse to go back!!!  DSC_0045Read more about it HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs, Shawna

CURRENT READ:   The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy

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

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

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

Cape Meares

Sunday, July 29th.  Cape Meares is on my agenda for today. In a quest to photograph all the light houses on the Oregon Coast this is the first on the list. Our first attempt to get to the park meets with this . . .

DSC_0001 (3)Cape Meares Road closure signI turn the big green machine around and find this, that I obviously missed on the way in, and read about a town that didn’t make it around here.

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Backtracking and taking Hwy 131 we finally get to our destination.

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It’s a wicked winding road to get to this park … sounds familiar doesn’t it?  Once in the park proper The Chiweenie Brothers and I take a hike. It’s a steep trail leading to lighthouse.  Down, down, down.  Lots of informational signs regarding the birds and wildlife of the area dot the paved path.

The lighthouse is gorgeous!  I shoot several angles. Climbing back up to the parking lot I am totally out of breath by the time we get to the van. I upload the photos to my laptop only to find blurry pictures! Dang it!  I will be so glad to have my camera looked at once back in Cali when we go for a visit with family and friends. I leave the boys in the van for a second hike down to the lighthouse.

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Huffing and puffing my way back up the trail to the parking lot I get a light-through-the-trees-and-fog opportunity.

On the opposite side of the parking lot is a trail leading to the “Octopus Tree” which I want to see. Two hikes down and back up from the lighthouse has taxed my energy, and I leave the boys in the van. I can’t deal with the rambunctious Chiweenie Brothers right now.  They don’t like this, but, it is what it is!  Sorry guys.

I am thrilled to find these foxglove with an industrious bumble bee!

It’s been a delightful day, and I am pooped! I find a small wayside on Hwy 131 once we leave the park, and we spend the night here.  Thanks for coming along on our adventures. Hugs, Shawna