2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Lincoln City, OR - Devils Lake RV Park - site 24

Lincoln City, OR - Devils Lake RV Park - site 24, another...

Lincoln City, OR - Devils Lake RV Park - site 24, and...

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 0 - our route - 76 miles

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 1

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 2 - coming into Newport

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 3 - crossing Yaquina Bay

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 4 - boats in the Newport Harbor

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 5

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 6 - the hustle and bustle in...

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 7

Florence to Lincoln City, OR 8

1st Trip 0 - our route - 122 miles

1st Trip 1

1st Trip 2 - Pleasant Valley

1st Trip 3

1st Trip 4 - the ever-present logging trucks

1st Trip 5 - the gravel road to Munson Creek Falls State...

1st Trip 6 - the trail to the falls

1st Trip 7 - the Munson Creek Falls - very high but...

1st Trip 8 - the old blimp hangar - the largest wooden...

1st Trip 9 - the high school stadium at Tillamook - that...

1st Trip 10 - a good many buildings have the quilt sqares...

1st Trip 11 - they make a lot of cheese at the...

1st Trip 12 - these about 40 pound pound blocks coming down...

1st Trip 13

1st Trip 14 - the one line splits them into four 10...

1st Trip 15 - the other line's blocks are made into what...

1st Trip 16 - they are randomly weighed

1st Trip 17 - and packaged

1st Trip 18 - some of the larger blocks are also packed...

1st Trip 19 - coming around Tillamook Bay toward Garibaldi, OR

1st Trip 20 - the G is for Garibaldi

1st Trip 21 - the Three Graces just north of Garibaldi, -...

1st Trip 22 - more construction and a smokestack just on the...

1st Trip 23 Guernsey cows at a dairy, lots of dairies in...

1st Trip 24 - the start of the pictures from the Three...

1st Trip 25

1st Trip 26

1st Trip 27

1st Trip 28

1st Trip 29 - the Cape Meares Lighthouse

1st Trip 30 - the OctopusTree on Cape Meares

1st Trip 31

1st Trip 32

1st Trip 33 - the signature rock for Pacific City, OR

1st Trip 34 - one of the sand dunes at Pacific City

1st Trip 35

2nd Trip 1 - the bay near Otter Rock - the first...

2nd Trip 2 - Otter Rock

2nd Trip 3 - the bay shoreline with the Yaquina Head Lighthouse...

2nd Trip 4 - Yaquina Head Lighthouse, north of Newport, OR -...

2nd Trip 5 - Common Murres on a rock at Yaquina Head...

2nd Trip 6 - a couple of Cormorants mixed in with the...

2nd Trip 7

2nd Trip 8 - coming into Newport, OR from the north

2nd Trip 9 - one of the many shops in Newport

2nd Trip 10 - a view of the bridge going over Yaquina...

2nd Trip 11

2nd Trip 12 - a different view of the bridge

2nd Trip 13 - a shot of the harbor and RV park...

2nd Trip 14 - the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse south of Newport, OR

2nd Trip 15 - a few of the shops in Depoe Bay...

Whaling 1 - our boat for the whale watching tour

Whaling 2 - the Coast Guard Station is next door and one...

Whaling 3 - this California Sea Otter has a life almost as...

Whaling 4 - one of the Kodiaks they also use for whale...

Whaling 5 - looks like a shark but actually is a Gray...

Whaling 6 - it's a little farther out of the water now

Whaling 7 - that's its back

Whaling 8 - she came out of the water a good bit...

Whaling 9

Whaling 10 - you can see some of the barnacles on her...

Whaling 11 - we dropped back by the Drift Creek Covered Bridge...

Whaling 12

Whaling 13 - one of the kites flying on the beach in...

Whaling 14 - this three story is built to view the ocean...


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.

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