Early last fall we we took a road trip to the Oregon coast. We like to visit at least a couple of times a year, during the off season because the highway gets so congested in the summer. It takes a little over two hours to reach Depoe Bay and Newport and lucky for us it was a sunny day, although rather chilly since it was late September. We always seem to be on a budget lately, especially at vacation time so we really enjoy our trips along the coast when we can take them.
Here are a few pics of the coast on Depoe Bay. It is quite small with a population of around 1400, but it has some beautiful rugged coastline and a vistors center, where if you're lucky, you might spot some whales during their annual migration. There are some rustic little shops along the highway as well for tourists.
This is actually a fine mist from the ocean that is spraying up over the sea wall .
Here's a map that shows the coastal region of Oregon. We live north of Portland, just across the Columbia river in SW Washington. We live in a great location because of our proximity to the coast in Oregon and we can easily visit the cities that we enjoy in Washington as well. Depoe Bay is about 10 miles north of Newport. The map on the left is linked to a great website called Travel Oregon. I'm not promoting tourism for the state of Oregon I just came across this website recently and wanted to share in case others are interested.
More pics of Depoe Bay's rugged coastline.
I love the crashing waves hitting the rocks. I always seemed to miss the bigger waves!
Depoe Bay has one of the smallest navigable harbors in Oregon. The original bridge was completed in 1927.
I wanted to share these pics of the power pole lines with the wires on the rugged coastline. I thought it was so interesting how they were embedded in the rocks and it makes a very picturesque looking image!
We moved on to Newport and stopped in Yaquina Bay State Park. This is the Yaquina Bay lighthouse that was originally built in 1871 and restored in the 1970's. I believe it was only used a few years until the Yaquina Head lighthouse was built.
It is a charming building and tours are given during the summer months.
We never seem to tire of visiting the Yaquina Bay Bridge. It has such charming arches and it was such a beautiful day to take pictures.
These are the first pics that I have of the bridge with my digital camera, so of course I took several!
It is beautiful at sunset and I wish we had been there later in the day to take some pics!
We also visited the Historic Bayfront District to see the harbor and sea lions.
I have to admit, to me the sea lions are not the most gorgeous creatures. Especially when they are molting. Their coats look quite bad now. These are the males and they bellow so loud when they are awake it can be deafening! They look quite sweet when they are resting though, with their noses raised towards the sun. I guess they are trying to capture some warmth from the sun to make them sleepy. They also have an unpleasant smell so we didn't stay too long. It doesn't help that a fish processing plant is nearby and the smell is so bad I had to cross the street. It didn't seem to bother my hubby though I don't know how. Ugh!
I felt bad for them because their old dock is collapsing and needs to be replaced. I read that they are building a new dock for the sea lions this summer. I really liked the pic of this one resting alone and it's shiny coat.
A visit to one of Newport's beaches. It was practically deserted since the temps were likely in the 50's. Still nice enough for a walk on the beach.
A little peek of the beach between the trees. We were able to visit several places on our vacation last year, so I'll be sharing more in the months ahead.
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