Thursday, August 1, 2013

Winchester Bay

Our next stop was Salmon Harbor Marina in Winchester Bay. Nina and Paul of the Wheeling It blog had been there earlier this summer noting it was a secret find. They were very few people there. However, when we arrived, there were a lot of rv's there and some spaces marked off even though it is a first come first serve. What the.... Well, turn outs Dune Fest starts the next day and through the weekend and so a lot of people with atv's are here. We do get a spot on the water and so all is well. Not a bad view in spite of being basically in a parking lot. We ran across John and Linda again and talked to them for awhile.


There was a restaurant in the Harbor area and we got take out fish and chips which were pretty good. We also went over to a fish market while there and got some smoked albacore which was very tasty. We both like smoked albacore better than smoked salmon but it is hard to find in So Cal.

One day while there, we took a drive around and stopped at the Umpqua River Lighthouse.


We went into the visitor center there which was interesting.


You could see some of the camping areas in the Dunes for people attending the Festival.



Here is one of the bridges in Oregon. These old bridges are more interesting architecturally than modern day bridges.


We liked the sign as we drove into North Bend in the Coos Bay Area. We had to go there as I had to go to Urgent Care again for more antibiotics for my little problem.

We made a few stops on the Cape Arago Highway in the Coos Bay Area. This looks like a great place for some kayaking.



Shore Acres State Park is a beautiful area set up on the rugged sandstone cliffs.



I was able to zoom in on a group of seals just laying around out on the rocks.

Cape Arago State Park was our next stop. Another absolutely beautiful place.





"The current Cape Arago Lighthouse was built in 1934 after replacing two previous lighthouses which were eroded. The lighthouse stands on a 44 foot tower and is located just south of Coos Bay, Oregon. It is 100 feet above sea level and has a fourth order Fresnel lens which is fully automated. The lighthouse is situated on a tiny inland and the only access to the lighthouse is a footbridge. It can easily be viewed from a trail off the Sunset Beach State Park."

We continue to be awed by the beauty of the Oregon Coast as we spend another day exploring it.

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