Checking Out More Oregon Lighthouses

Since my last post I moved to Carl Washburne Memorial State Park. Where I will be staying as I do my June host job at Heceta Head Lighthouse. The park is located just 2 miles north of the lighthouse, on the east side of Highway 101. It’s a very nice first come first serve state park with 58 RV sites. All of them having electric and water and about two thirds having full hookups. There’s also seven walk-in tent sites and two Yurt’s for rent. And there is also a section set aside for bike-in and hike-in people to set up tents. A number of the sites are used by lighthouse hosts also they have a couple of the sites used for campground hosts. Right across the highway is a large day-use area with access to very nice large sandy beach. Maxine tries to get me to take her down to the beach every day. Here’s a couple photos of her enjoying the water in the waves.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe campground has beautiful wild rhododendrons scattered throughout the park and growing along the road heading into the Campground.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe only downside to this is the flowers only last for a few weeks and then they’re just a big green bush the rest of the summer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you come from the South you get this beautiful view of the lighthouse from a pull off right on Highway 101.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a photo from the lookout zoomed in on the lighthouse.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe parking area is down by the beach level. And you have to hike a half-mile with about 150 foot ascent, to get to the lighthouse. But when you get there you get to see this beautiful 56 foot high lighthouse.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere’s a trail you can hike up to get up above the lighthouse to get beautiful views right into the lens.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s one as the light beam flashes in my direction.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a view of the lighthouse with the work room attached to the left from the hillside.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the present time you can only access the work room attached to the base of the lighthouse. And the first floor of tower, where you can look up from below at the spiral staircase. But they’re hoping to do some more renovations and maybe open up to the lens. Also on the grounds by the lighthouse are the two original kerosene oil buildings use to store up a six month supply of kerosene in either one of them. One of these buildings is being used is a little Museum with artifacts and more information about living at the lighthouse in the early days. Another neat thing at this park is the assistant lighthouse keepers (home that used to be a duplex for the first and second assistant) is now a bed-and-breakfast run by the U.S. Forest Service. Here’s a picture of the bed-and-breakfast from the trail leading down from the lighthouse, with the bridge you cross over on Highway 101 in the background.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo complete my goal to visit all nine of the old lighthouses on your Oregon Coast this summer. I took a short day trip towards the town of Newport to take in a couple lighthouses located there. But first I made a quick stop at Cape Perpetua, in the Siuslaw National Forest.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou exit the highway and will work your way up the hill about 500 feet above the ocean. To get some beautiful views of the coastline. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlso along the way I made a quick stop at Seal Rock State Park to check out some of the tide pools. This location used to actually be a little town back in the late 1800s, and got its name from the seals that used to hang out along this big rock on the shore.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt low tide like this photo you can get down by the rocky shore and find cool things in the tide pools.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a couple photos of some of the Sea Anemones I found.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd in this photo attached to the bottom the rocks are some Starfish (reddish color right in the center of the photo).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then it was a stop at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. This is the second oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon Coast and is located right off Highway 101 in the town of Newport.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you can see from the above photo is a non-typical lighthouse with the light actually attached right to the residents. This particular lighthouse was only used for three years from 1871 the 1874. It was found in practical and was replaced by the much larger Yaquina Head Lighthouse that you can see in this photo often the distance out on the headwaters, as taken from the backyard of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Yaquina Bay Lighthouse sat empty for many years. But luckily was saved and renovated with furnishings of the time. Here are some photos of several of the rooms from the inside of the lighthouse. Beautiful wood-burning stove the use for heat and cooking.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA couple more of the kitchen area with the little hand water pump and storage cabinets.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the sitting room area.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA picture of one of the several bedrooms, with a rope bed. Where the old saying came from “sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite”. You would have to adjust the ropes as they stretched so you wouldn’t sag too much.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a picture of the master bedroom.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd another small bedroom.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn another one of the small bedrooms with its little fireplace.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a fifth order lens on display. It was used as a harbor light and salvaged and on display here.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is looking down the staircase from the second floor and this is all beautiful original woodwork from the late 1800s.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a photo from the front porch of the lighthouse looking out over Yaquina Bay.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd here’s a photo as you look up River towards the town of Newport with the highway bridge crossing the bay.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom there I headed a short trip up the coast to the headwaters 3 miles north of Newport. To visit the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located in the “Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area” which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. There is an entrance fee, but which National Parks seniors, or annual pass you can get in for free. It is the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast standing at 93 feet.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt sits 163 feet above sea level and shines its light out to sea 21 miles. The lighthouse was not open for the season yet, but you could visit the beautiful grounds.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd enjoy the gorgeous views of the coastline.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll have to come back again when this lighthouse is open for tours, and do more exploring of the beautiful community of Newport. Well that’s it for this trip, lots more the come as I settle in to my long stay here on the Central Coast of Oregon. Thanks for coming along for the ride, Rick

 

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