As mentioned previously, our girls absolutely love lighthouses. We tried to get to Newport one afternoon to see the lighthouses nearby but when we stopped for a late lunch at Flashbacks but the service was soooo slow that it took 20 minutes to order and then 45 minutes to get our food. As I had a super exciting date with the other moms to do laundry in Florence that evening, we had to turn back and plan for another day out.
On our way to Yaquina Bay we saw a rather disturbing sight – at least for those of us who RV.
What a mess! And on the door of the house – a No Smoking sign. So onward we went to again encounter an unnerving sight.
Yup, someone managed to destroy the guard rail and drive off the side of the hill. It’s a heck of a long way down to the beach but we couldn’t tell how far off-road the vehicle went. Regardless, it’s a pretty freaky thing to see when you’re terrified of heights! The road to Newport reminds me of the Sea To Sky highway – loads of curves and way to steep for my comfort level.
Any who, onto the lighthouses. At Yaquina Bay they had a video running about the history behind the site and Heather was totally freaked out by a ghost story they told and wouldn’t leave my side until we left the building.
After a quick, windy picnic we made our way to the lighthouse at Yaquina Head. The interpretive centre was quite neat and the girls had fun playing old-fashioned games and colouring as well. Instead of hiking up to the lighthouse itself, we took the chance that there would be parking available. This next shot is the view from our parking spot.
This lighthouse is Oregon’s tallest but your have to be 42 inches tall to climb it. So I stayed behind with Katie who refused to stand properly against the measuring stick so she wasn’t allowed up.
Fortunately the weather was gorgeous that day so the view went on forever!
The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper;
I cannot quite make it out.