Friday, October 30, 2009

Lookout Pointe State Park to Newport

Thursday -Oct. 29th

Pictures of jelly fish, sand dollar, crab shell, clam shell, and molting seal found at Lookout Pointe State Park. To read more about molting seals go to . We left at 11:00 this morning. We back tracked to Tillamook to take US 101 on the advice of a couple camped next to us. They said the coast highway was very bad and narrow on the section ahead of us. Then we headed down to Lincoln City, Depoe Bay and Newport. We had world famous clam chowder at Mo's. It was delicious. We camped at Beverly Beach State Park just a few miles north of Newport in the dense, damp woods and went for a walk in the rain. Pictures taken at our campground of a tree stump that was buried in the sand in the ocean, broke loose and floated up the Spencer River into our campground. Also, a funny root frame around Tarra in front of a yurt (with bunks) that you can rent, and red mushrooms.


No rain today. We left camp at 9:30 and stopped at Depoe Bay (home of the world's smallest harbor) on our way back to Lincoln City. Depoe is where the escapees in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" chartered a boat for deep sea fishing.

One of the world's largest annual surf competitions just took place in Lincoln City about a week ago. Surfers all over the world wait to hear when the big waves will be here, so they can come. They get 48 hours notice of when they will peak to get here. There are several places in the world where they hold the competition each year, but Lincoln City is the only one in the U.S. We stopped for all-you-can-eat seafood buffet at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City.

Ben Jones Bay Bridge (father of the Oregon coast Highway system). He was responsible for legislation that got many bridges built in the early 1900s enabling a coast highway to be completed.

Camp Foulweather first founded by Capt. James Cook where 100 mph winds have been registered. Fog so thick, I could hardly find my way to the gift shop. John says it would have been a shame if I missed that.

I don't know what he's worried about. I haven't even stopped in the candy shops to buy fudge or taffy. And that's a challenge for me!

We went to the Vietnam Memorial in Newport for the men from Oregon who were killed there. It's called the Vietnam Commemorative Walk. It's a stone wall and walkway down to the beach with 24 benches along the way for each one of the men. There's also a wall with a picture of the US and Vietnam and a poem and a plaque with all of their names. It's pretty cool. It's on Nye Beach in the historic district.

Yaquina Bay Bridge and Marina in Newport.

It's about midnight and it's pouring rain. It's supposed to rain all day tomorrow, so we'll have to think of some indoor fun for tomorrow.

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