Monday, September 24, 2012

Lincoln City to Newport

After we spent the night in Lincoln City, we spent some time on the beach again in the morning.  We found a cute little hermit crab and watched him crawl around for a little while and looked at lots of sea lions and driftwood.  Then we went to look at Devil’s Lake, which was really pretty!  After that, we went down to Boiler Bay.  We enjoyed looking at the nice views from there.  Then we went to Depoe Bay.  We decided to stop to go look at some beautiful views and see the “World’s Smallest Harbor” there.  On our way from the car to a viewpoint area, we walked by a shop called Channel Bookstore and Taylor saw some cats in the windows!  So we went inside to see the cats and then spent a long time looking around at the store!  It was so full of awesome books!!  And there were lots of cute little cats all over the place!  I found the coolest book ever there!  So I bought it.  It’s an 1875 edition of a book of poetry called “Yesterday, To-day, and Forever” by Edward Henry Bickersteth (it was first published in 1867).  I love it!  After that, we went down to Cape Foulweather and Yaquina Head.  We toured Yaquina Head Lighthouse too.  It’s Oregon’s tallest lighthouse at 93 ft and is supposedly haunted.  We went to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and had fun looking around at all of their cool exhibits there and then went to Agate Beach.  We went and looked at the Japanese dock that floated over from there and washed up in June after their big tsunami last year.  It was really cloudy and windy in Newport that evening and there were lots of cool drifts of sand on the beach!

cute little hermit crab
Taylor at Devil's Lake in Lincoln City
Boiler Bay
Yesterday, To-Day, & Forever
World's Smallest Harbor in Depoe Bay
beautiful view from Depoe Bay
beautiful view
fresnel lens in Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Japanese dock on Agate Beach in Newport
Agate Beach
cool sand formations on Agate Beach
view of Yaquina Head

So we stayed in Newport that night.  Then the next day, we went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, another lighthouse, hiked Mary’s Peak, went to Ona State Park, and ended up in Florence.  I’ll write about it later!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

And the Next Day on the Coast…

We stayed in Tillamook one night and then the next morning, we went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory!  We got to see how they make their cheese and then we sampled a bunch of cheeses and ate lunch there.  I also ate a sampler of a bunch of flavors of ice cream.  Then, we went on to drive along the Three Capes Loop.  First, we hiked down some trail that I don’t remember the name of near Cape Meares and then we stopped at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint and saw Three Arch Rocks and toured Cape Meares Lighthouse.  We also stopped at Netarts Bay.  After that, we went to Lincoln City and enjoyed the rest of the evening walking around on the beach there.

Oregon Coastgreen leavesOregon CoastOregon coast trailView from Cape MearesView of Three Arch Rocks from Cape MearesView from Cape MearesLincoln City OregonLincoln City OregonLincoln City OregonSunset in Lincoln City Oregon

And that was day 2 of 6!  It was nice, fun, and relaxing.