We visited the incredible little town of Yachats today. We enjoyed a picnic with awesome ocean views, right at the area where the Yachats River and the Pacific Ocean meet. Yachats (pronounced Ya-hots), is a small coastal community located approximately 30 miles south of Newport. Named one of the top ten “Coolest Small Towns of the U.S.A.” by Budget Travel and “U.S. up-and-coming vacation destinations” by VirtualTourist, as well as one of Arthur Frommer’s (of Frommer’s Travel Guides) ten favorite destinations in the world, Yachats is a must-see for everyone.
After the picnic, we drove to the mountains on a beautiful drive off the beaten path to the North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge. The covered bridge was built in 1938. It was the last covered bridge constructed by veteran bridge builder, Otis Hamer. The Yachats Covered Bridge is one of the shortest in Oregon, measuring only 42 feet in length. It was rebuilt and rededicated in December of 1989. The drive to the bridge took us through a forest of green with winding roads and incredible views of the Yachats River.
We also spotted some unusual cows that looked like they were wearing saddles. :-) I found them on Google, they are Belted Galloways. The Belted Galloway is a heritage breed of beef cattle originating from Galloway on the west side of southern Scotland. Belted Galloways are primarily raised for their quality marbled beef, although they are sometimes milked and purchased to adorn pastures due to their striking appearance. I am not sure if this farm raises them for beef or for viewing, they certainly got our attention. ;-) I am adding a lot of pictures and will let them tell the rest of the story, I hope you enjoy and check back later for more.