Oregon Coast from Lincoln City to Toledo
When I returned from church, Barb and I went to Mo’s Restaurant for lunch. We had to wait in line for about twenty minutes but the food was worth the wait. The RV park manager had recommended it as one of the best places to eat.
After lunch we took a drive south as far as Newport. It was mostly foggy and windy again, but we enjoyed the trip anyway. The highlights of the day included Boiler Bay, Rocky Creek, Otter Crest Loop, Cape Foulweather, Otter Rock – Devil’s Punchbowl, Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint is named for the boiler of the freighter, “J. Marhoffer” which sank here in 1910. Its boiler is still mired in a sandbar and can be seen at low tide.
Depoe Bay was named for a Siletz man named Charlie Depot. His name was derived from his employment at a U. S. Army depot. His family later changed the spelling to Depoe. The town claims to have the world's smallest harbor.
Otter Crest Loop is a one-way scenic drive with spectacular views from several viewpoints. This drive used to be part of US 101.
Cape Foulweather offers outstanding panoramic views. This promontory was named by Captain James Cook on a day of particularly inclement weather. The gift shop, which is 500 feet above the sea on the cliff, is named The Lookout Observatory. Otter Rock – Devil’s Punchbowl is at the foot of Cape Foulweather.
One of my favorite stops was the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Lighthouse. The 93-foot-tall lighthouse was built in 1873 and is Oregon’s tallest. Its original lens still provides light. At the interpretive center I saw photos entered into a Yaquina Lighthouse photography contest. Some of the photos were outstanding.
At Toledo, we saw the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and the Yaquina Bay Bridge. This lighthouse is the only wooden lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, the only one with living quarters attached and the only one that is now a museum. It was lit from 1871 until 1874. Then, in 1996, it became a working lighthouse again. The steel arch of the Yaquina Bay Bridge is high enough for most boats to pass under. At each end of the bridge are pedestrian plazas.
It seemed to be getting foggier here so we decided to return home.