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Oregon Coastline - rugged & wild

We headed to the coast & stayed at Lincoln City. Over the next couple of days we travelled down through lovely coastal towns & stayed at Gold Beach in the south.

I was surprised to discover the coast had Tsunami warning signs & the direction to run/drive if the sirens went off. A little disconcerting when we stayed in a beachfront motel that already had huge wild surf!!

The weather was rainy & cold & the beaches & surf wild & untamed. Massive logs covered the beaches & there were signs warning against the dangers of swimming & being hit by a log & killed!!! Due to the large number of seals it also meant sharks were a problem. You had to be a dedicated surfer here to brave the cold & face the logs & sharks!!!

The scenery was rugged & wild & we visited several lighthouses as we went down the coast through the towns of Newport. Coos Bay & Bandon. Bandon had a beautiful old historic town centre.

Near Newport we visited the Sea Lions Cave. We caught an elevator 200 feet underground to a football sized chamber filled with hundreds of roaring sea lions. They are massive animals & look so awkward on land. This was near Cape Foulweather named by Captain Cook in 1778. It was foul weather while we were there too & often has winds up to 100 mph.

In Newport City they were in the river in the town centre & would jump on & off these jetties. We watched them for ages as they were so funny – fighting, playing & jumping on & off the jetty.

We also visited nearby Yaquina Bay Lighthouse that was built in 1871. We explored the massive headland it was on & went through the lighthouse & hearing about how the light house keepers used to live.

I had read that Oregon still had some covered bridges as most are on the east coast. We did a small inland loop to visit Drift Creek Covered Bridge & is the oldest remaining covered bridge near Lincoln City.

We couldn't believe the size of the giant seagulls who in every town took a dislike to Nathan & would follow our car for miles as he did pretend shooting with his plastic gun. One time he hopped out of the car to give some pizza scraps to the seagulls & there were hundreds swarming him & Brad had locked him out of the car. It was very funny!

Most days were big days of driving but the scenery was magnificent!!!

King Size seagulls

King Size seagulls


Coastal town

Coastal town


Coastline

Coastline


Houses perched on the edge

Houses perched on the edge


Nath

Nath


Brad & Nath

Brad & Nath


Cape Foulweather

Cape Foulweather


Lighthouse

Lighthouse


Starfish in rockpools

Starfish in rockpools


Yaquina Lighthouse

Yaquina Lighthouse


Newport

Newport


Seals in Newport

Seals in Newport


Big fatties!

Big fatties!


Brad & Nath in Newport

Brad & Nath in Newport


Brad & Nath watching the seals

Brad & Nath watching the seals


I would say he is freezing!!!

I would say he is freezing!!!


Just a few logs on the beach!

Just a few logs on the beach!


Wild & cold

Wild & cold


Lots of seals on a beach

Lots of seals on a beach


Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge


Moss covered branches of a tree

Moss covered branches of a tree


Massive log on a beach

Massive log on a beach


Above the Sea Lions Cave

Above the Sea Lions Cave


Diagram of the cave

Diagram of the cave


Bandon Old Town

Bandon Old Town


Moe logs on beaches

Moe logs on beaches


Nath being pursued by seagulls

Nath being pursued by seagulls


Flower covered headland

Flower covered headland


Nath in front of the hundreds of small island rock

Nath in front of the hundreds of small island rock


Rugged headland

Rugged headland


Another town with more seals we heard

Another town with more seals we heard


Sea Lions

Sea Lions


Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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