Gulliver's Travels travel blog

All packed up!

It was a dreary day on the beach when we left

Foggy Coastline

Closeup on Simpson Reef--Stellar Sea Lions

Dark and brooding shoreline

A brighter day at Simpson Reef

Sunny day

Sunset Beach

Cape Arago Lighthouse in background

Oregon is a great state. It is very RV friendly. Every beach is public. There are breath taking views around every corner and they pump the gas for you. Some of our Navy friends will remember when Coos Bay, Oregon had a small Naval Facility. I was never stationed there, but heard it was a great place.

We decided to follow the coastal highway 101 through Oregon. Our first stop was Oceanside RV park in Charleston. It is just a few miles from the town of Coos Bay. Our campsite was just a few hundred feet from the beach, behind the dunes.

We explored the waterfront of Charleston. Everything in Oregon is about Oysters, Dungeness Crabs, Clams and Salmon. The seafood market would also can anything you brought in. I hoped to go clamming, but the license was pretty expensive. I bought "chowder clams" for a very reasonable price and skimmed the internet for chowder recipes. I spared no calories. It had cream, real butter and bacon. Everything is good with bacon. It was the best clam chowder I have ever eaten. The rainy weather made it even more tasty.

In our exploring we found the old Naval Facility base just up the road from us. It was fenced off and a developer had signs up. The buildings were looking a bit ragged, but I think the base shut down more than 20 years ago. We couldn't see where the "T-building" was.

We drove south along the Cape Arago highway and saw amazing views of the ocean crashing into the cliffs. It tended to be overcast most of the time, so my pictures don't do it justice.

One place we visited was the Simpson Reef Overlook. I was marveling at the rocks and crashing waves when we heard the barking of sea lions. Those funny looking rocks were several different species of sea lions and seals. They kept themselves somewhat segregated.

We took several small trails to the ocean. Many of the beaches were closed due to pupping season of the sea lions. We did get some great coastal shots. We look forward to more coastal views as we head up the coast

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