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Aug 31, 2018 - Newport OR – Whaler’s Rest RV Park

We were here for a week, so it’s a good thing the campground had lots of activities. We arrived on Saturday and just missed the BBQ lunch, but went to the ice cream social in the south clubhouse later in the afternoon. The ice cream was from The Tillimook (Oregon) Creamery and was very good. Sunday came and we went to breakfast in the north clubhouse and to a beer tasting (Rogue Brewery) in the late afternoon. I’m not a beer drinker, but didn’t mind the fruit cider, so took what was left of that bottle back to the camper. Roger found a beer...

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Retired at Last!

Jul 26, 2018 - Fog, sand, rocky coast

July 24 - a short drive/tow to Tillamook OR to setup for one night at HarvestHosts (Blue Heron Cheese Co.). Toured an aircraft museum housed in WW2 blimp hanger (1072' X 296', 192' high) having enough floor space to hold six football fields, but containing only 26 aircraft and related exhibits. The model exhibit room must have held thousands of pieces of men, vehicles, ships and planes. July 25 - another short drive day to South Beach State park in Newport OR, toured historic lighthouse area (in dense fog), shopped, walked on beach (Zena...

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Jul 15, 2018 - Sea Lion Caves

Newport, OR. Sea Lion Caves are a connected system of sea caves and caverns open to the Pacific. The formation of the cavern began about 25 million years ago. It is now the height of a 12-story building and stretches the length of a football field. It is the natural home to a colony of sea lions. Hundreds of sea lions winter here. There are considerably fewer this time of year as many of them migrate. To get to the cave, one must take an elevator. The elevator has a capacity of 23 passengers, a decent of 208’, and a travel rate of 250 feet...

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Jul 14, 2018 - Whale watching

Newport, OR. We were delighted to find the Newport Saturday Farmers Market in full swing. The produce was wonderful! This area is known for cherries, blueberries and raspberries. Naturally we felt obligated to help out the local economy. While at the Market we chatted with a guy about Depoe Bay, “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast". There is a resident pod of gray whales which makes its home off Depoe Bay from March through December. Visitors from everywhere come to whale watch. So, we went, too. We were lucky to score a relatively...

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Jul 13, 2018 - Yaquina Head

Newport, OR. Yaquina Head Natural Area had 3 points of interest for us. The lighthouse there is very picturesque. Built in 1873, at 93’ it is Oregon’s tallest. During WWII, 17 servicemen were stationed at Yaquina Head to keep a lookout for enemy ships. Although tours are available, we admired it from the outside only. We were too fascinated by the birds. We looked out at the rocks and could not believe our eyes. The rocks were covered with thousands of birds. The area is home to about 65,000 common murres, cormorants, pigeon guillemots, and...

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Jul 12, 2018 - Cape Meares and the Octopus Tree

Newport, OR U.S. Route 101 is a north–south mostly 2-lane, winding highway that runs through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington on the West Coast of the US. It is nearly 1,550-miles long and is seldom out of sight of the Pacific Ocean. Because US 101 forms the main street of almost all of the coastal towns in Oregon, traffic is often congested and slow. That is part of why it took us 9 hours to move 69 miles down the road. Naturally we took some time to do some exploring as well. We walked along the beach at Hug Point. The...

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Jan 12, 2018 - Newport Oregon

We launched from Scio with plans to head south. We headed to the coast to turn left and see what happens. Our first stop out was Newport Oregon. Newport is a fishing and tourist town. We have been here many times. We stayed at the Marina RV Park which is right under the big Newport Bridge. It is nice to see the boats, have a walking tail nearby and be able to hear the sea lions barking. I took a little walk around the estuary trail and the long fishing dock, birdwatching. We went to the sea lion dock in Old Newport and to Mo’s for a bowl of...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Sam Caught the Big One

Jerry and Sam were up early this morning, they had to be in Newport, Oregon at 7 AM for their fishing trip. They went out deep sea fishing with the “Reel Deep Sea Fishing Company” of Newport for a five-hour trip. The cost was about ninety dollars each, including the license. They had a great trip, the weather was perfect. They caught about 30 pounds of fish total, after filleting. We are cooking Sam’s Ling Cod for dinner tonight, we also have a freezer full of fresh fish for the future. It doesn't get any better than that. :-) They were...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Oregon Coast

When Dave departed Likely Place, the 180 mile drive to Eugene was relatively easy. Dave parked the motorhome at the usual place, Shamrock RV which is down by the river. However, this visit will probably be our last to this park, as they have had to change their park. Instead of about 50 overnight spaces with plenty of room, now they have 6 or 7 spaces. Those remaining spaces have plenty of room right on the river front, BUT they are like parallel parking spaces. Even though the price is right, $28/nite or $14/nite with Passport America,...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Yaquina Head

I visited Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area late Friday afternoon after the weather cleared for a few hours. Yaquina Head is a narrow, coastal headland formed by volcanoes some 14 million years ago. It was used by coastal Indians for nearly 4,000 years to hunt marine mammals, collect mussels, and worship. It was used by sailors as a navigational aid for nearly 300 years before the US Lighthouse Service built a light station in the early 1870's. It was operated by a lighthouse keeper until 1966 when it was automated. It's the tallest...

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Jun 8, 2017 - By the Bridge

On Wednesday we moved 25 miles down the coast to Newport, OR. We're staying at the Port of Oregon RV Park & Marina located right on Yaquina Bay. We'll be here until Sunday. The weather has turned Pacific Northwest - cloudy, cool, and rain. Lot's of photographic subjects in the area if it stops raining long enough. We'll probably do some inside stuff as we are right next to the Oregon Coastal Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. We're also right across the bay from the Newport Historic Port District that I'm sure will interest...

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Jun 5, 2017 - Mo's & More

We were in the mood for some fresh seafood, so we headed to Mo’s. Mo’s has been a Pacific Northwest landmark for the past 70 years. They are not only known for their awesome chowder and seafood, they are all located with spectacular vistas, most right on the water. We enjoyed our blackened fish and shrimp with their special cabbage salad with garlic dressing topped off with tiny bay shrimp. The view from our table was awesome, we could see people unloading their crab traps and washing down the boats while listening to a group of sea lions...

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