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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Day of 3 Lighthouses

Aloha Everyone,

Our first lighthouse was Heceta Head, located 12 miles north of Florence. It sits on the 1,000 foot high Heceta Head.

The drive through the winding cliff side road reminded us of the route we took from Monterrey to Big Sur in California.

Highway 101 from Florence to Lincoln took us through charming ocean-side towns, tunnels, bridges, bays and forested national and state parks. Distance was about 100 miles.

Stopped at the Driftwood Beach to stretch and do some exercises.

In the neighborhood of Yaquina Bay, there are two light houses and J.J. and I were able to visit both. Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is located in Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site on U.S. 101 at the north end of the Yakima Bay bridge in Newport. It is the second-oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon Coast.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse with a 93-foot high tower. The location is a cliff 162-foot above sea level. It is a very picturesque location and one of the more accessible and photogenic among the 7 lighthouses we have seen so far.

Our lunch stop was a small local eatery called, Newport Diner.

We could not have gotten a more cheerful, accommodating waitress than Kim. She was greeting everyone who walked in by their first name.

In the town of Yachats, I saw two interesting sites. First one was Yachats Memorial Park but it was actually a cemetery on a hilly open field located adjacent to 101.

Two lots away, there was an a fishing boat parked in a field of wild flowers. That could have been a subject for Monet's painting.

We have checked in at Chinook Bend RV Park. It is a beautiful river frontage site. However, we cannot get a phone signal. I am trying to finish today's blog sitting in Honu parked at the Tangier Outlet Mall in Lincoln City before we return to our RV park. A little inconvenience, but that is all part of our adventure.

Aloha -- Cathi