Traveling along the curvy roads on the coast reveals one beautiful scene after another. The motor coach does just fine on the small roads but so many quick changes in directions keeps Jim turning and concentrating. Of course, part of the pleasure of moving our home around with us is having the refrigerator close and a bathroom (at least for me) whenever we need them.
On this trip we had been driving for some time and Jim was ready for a bathroom stop. Of course, there is no place to pull something as big as we have to the side of the two-lane road. As we came around a curve a beautiful scene exploded beside us complete with lighthouse and crashing waves. There were also cars stopped in front of us. Jim braked and waited a few minutes. No one was moving so he decided to take a chance and go to the bathroom. I sat there on guard in case traffic started moving. Instead everyone was getting out of their cars for a photo moment of the beautiful view. Jim came back, put on his seat belt, I took my turn in the bathroom and then traffic started to move. We felt we were truly Traveling Blessed.
These two summer retreat areas on the Pacific shores are great places to relax and enjoy fishing, crabbing, and clamming. Whale watching and beachcombing for clams, fossils, agates, and even Japanese glass floats are pastimes too. They say colorful jasper can be found when the winter tides uncover beds of gravel. The lighter weight stones surface to the top.
What an awesome place for sightseeing. We took a drive and the view from the cliff tops was again different than anything we had seen. As we strolled around the path at Otter Rock the top was probably an acre plateau but the scenes changed every few steps. The first view was of turquoise colored water against green-black seaweed and dark brown rocks. Devil’s Punch Bowl actually looked like a giant bowl where the waters had worn the sandstone walls away.
On down the coast we took the road to Yaquina Head lighthouse. This area turned out to be so much more than expected. Thirteen different types of seabirds congregate on the rocks. You can hear them squawking long before they’re visible. Seals with their cubs frolicked and sunbathed in the waters below us. There was a wedding taking place inside the lighthouse. Further along a guide was teaching a group about all the things that were living on the rocks, or had washed up with the waves for them to see.
Our RV Park was by a river where people fish for large salmon. A man caught a 32 pound salmon there last week. We heard a great fish story. One of the men was reeling in his giant salmon, and it must have looked very tasty. Just as he got it near the dock a seal came up and stole his fish. Another man in a boat found his lure floating downstream. Guess the thief spit it out after enjoying his dinner.
Traveling Blessed USA.