After leaving Astoria, we traveled down highway 101 to Newport, another beautiful town on the Oregon coast.
We stayed at Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort for a week, which allowed us to explore the surrounding area.
Pacific Shores has a great location on a bluff over looking Starfish Cove and the picturesque Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Several lots have direct views of the lighthouse and ocean.
While our site did not overlook the ocean, it was sheltered from the wind….
and only a short walk to the beach, which we did several times a day.
The beach and the lighthouse in the distance make for a beautiful shoreline!
We noticed how is changed dramatically during different times of the day.
We visited the lighthouse by parking at the entrance and walking the mile or so to it. We thought it was amusing that it’s not just a Natural Area, but an OUTSTANDING Natural Area. But they are right!
The coast here is beautiful.
Along the trail I thought I saw a whale spout, so we hung out a bit whale watching. A local said there are a couple whales that take up residence here, and only leave to calve in Baja.
It was hard to get a good photo, but you can see the spout here. 🙂
The lighthouse was great, and the views from the point were just as good.
You can see the RV Park on the other side of the point.
Our next excursion was to the town of Newport.
Newport is probably most famous for its bridge that crosses the Yaquina River.
The harbor and wharf areas have several good places to eat.
We stopped by for lunch and enjoyed watching the sea lions, who have taken over a wharf.
Every Saturday there is a farmers market. We picked up fresh fruits and vegetables, and some bread.
We also found a delicious Marionberry pie at the Chalet Restaurant and Bakery. Seriously, you have to try this pie!
Nearby is Nye Beach, a great place visit while in Newport.
Another day we visited South Beach State Park for a walk to the jetty.
Here is the view from the jetty. Is it just me, or does every picture have either the bridge or lighthouse in it?
On the way back, we noticed a mom and daughter picking some kind of berries. She said they were huckleberries, and they were picking them to make a pie.
Well, all good things must come to an end, and it was finally time to head home from our 6-week, 2500 mile tour of the Washington Cascade Loop and Oregon Beaches.
We had a great time visiting family, marveling at the beauty of nature, and enjoying local foods. Due to the virus, we also enjoyed more outdoor activities than usual, and fit in more hikes, cycling, and kayaking.
However, we also love where we live and looked forward to catching up on things back at the ranch, so to speak.
However, with a short break, we were off to California beaches for an RV trip with blood orange skies and smoky air. It was a very different RV trip for us! We will share about that adventure in our next post.
Al & Deb