|We're continuing to volunteer our way south down the Oregon coast. Because we are making repeat visits to several of the parks that I've told you about before, I am going to make this brief and add just a few photos.
After three chilly, but fun, months at Thompsons Mills we headed to the north coast for a return visit at Fort Stevens. We love this place and couldn't wait to spend a couple of months in the museum at the military fort site. We decided not to do any outdoor campground duties for the last eight months of this trip so, except for the one day in March that we spent as beach captains for the Oregon State Parks semi-annual beach clean-up, we stayed indoors and chatted with folks about the history of the old fort. While at Fort Stevens we were asked if we would mind spending one weekend helping out in the State Park booth at the annual Astoria/Warrenton Wine, Crab, and Seafood Festival....another fun assignment.
Now we are at the end of our two months at Cape Meares Lighthouse west of Tillamook. It is another favorite spot that we keep returning to on a fairly regular basis. I enjoy working in the gift shop and Scotty loves sharing the history of the light with visitors from all over the world.
On Sunday, June 30th, we will head about 60 miles south to Beverly Beach State Park just north of Newport. For the next two months we will be based there while greeting and educating visitors at the Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center. We volunteered there a few years ago but at that time we were just trying to keep track of the number of whales passing by during the spring migration. There are a large number of gray whales that never go all the way north to Alaska, or south to Baja, and spend summer months feeding in the kelp beds right in front of the visitor center. So we are looking forward to seeing many more of them up close. The center has recently undergone a major renovation (in fact, it won't re-open until next week) so we are excited to see the changes that have taken place since the last time we were there.
Our last stop before returning to CA will be a return trip to the Coquille River Lighthouse at Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon for the months of September and October.
See you soon,
Kris & Scotty