Our trip from Florence to Lincoln City, OR was a pleasant 76 mile drive, though little of it was on the coast. We are staying at Devils Lake RV Park on the north side of Lincoln City. It is a nice place and we have a 50 amp, full hookup, pull-through with free WiFi which works pretty well most of the time but not always. We have strong Verizon with slow 4G for the MiFi and a clear satellite lock. The sites are a little unlevel side to side and, if we were staying longer, we have used blocks, etc. to do a better job of leveling but we can handle it for a week just slightly unlevel. This is another park that might work for a longer stay in the future. At least we are protected from the strong winds here, unlike Florence.
Monday we went on our first day trip which was 120 miles long and took several hours. Our first stop was the Munson Creek Fall State Park where we hiked a short but steep trail to the Munson Creek Falls
. The falls itself was less than spectacular but you could see where it would be impressive when you had a full creek due to its height of over 300 feet. The park service has also done a less than spectacular job of giving you access to it. You have to view it from at least a quarter-mile away since the trail has been closed and they have not cleared the many logs and other debris.
Next we went to the Tillamook Air Museum
where we didn't actually go inside (due to the high admission prices to look at planes I had seen before) but saw it from the outside. It is supposed to be the largest wooden building in the world and it is HUGE! It is one of the two blimp hangars used in WWII when the Naval Air Station was open in Tillamook.
Next was the Tillamook Cheese Factory
where they have really done a nice job of letting you see the factory operations from a walk above the factory floor. They also have a few kiosks where you can watch videos of the different aspects of making their cheese and ice cream. They have the factory store there as well so you can purchase their cheese and other items. This store was probably the most efficiently run one we have seen on this trip. When I first got in a very long line, I was dreading the wait but it moved very fast and I was out of there in less than five minutes!
From there, we headed to the coast and the small community of Garibaldi where we saw the Three Graces
and I broke my camera while hiking a little bit to get a better shot. We also had lunch at Pirate's Cove
which is a small restaurant with good food and fantastic coastal views. After a late lunch we headed for the Three Capes Scenic Drive
which drives the coast around Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda.
It was a great drive and we got to hike down (and back up) to Cape Meares Lighthouse
as well as another short hike to the Octopus Tree
Tuesday we had reservations for a whale watching cruise but we got the call just as we were leaving that the weather was too bad and they cancelled. We were going to go ahead and tour Newport and the coastline but as soon as we got on US 101 we could see that the fog was too bad for touring so we watched movies instead!
Wednesday we had reservations for a whale watching cruise but we called them and the weather was still too bad and they cancelled. The fog was even worse than Tuesday so we got a couple more movies and watched them. It was supposed to be better by Friday.
Thursday, we got to see Gerry and Patty, a Navy buddy and his wife. We went out to eat at Kyllo's
here in Lincoln City which was very nice and we had a great time visiting with old friends.
Friday was another wash-out of the whale trip but we did go ahead and take our second day trip: this one south to Newport and Yaquina Bay. We got to visit both the Yaquina Head Lighthouse
and the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
as well as just enjoy the ride around the coast.
Saturday, we finally got smoother seas and made the whale watching tour. We did get to see two Gray Whales and one of them extensively. On the way home we viewed the Lincoln City beach and made a short detour to see the Drift Creek Covered Bridge
Tomorrow, we head for a four-night stay at Fort Steven State Park in the northwest tip of Oregon. That will be our last stop on the coast of Oregon before heading into Washington state.