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Monday June 13- Seal Rock, Waldport, Yachts, Cape Perpetua

We woke up to clouds and then misty rain most of the day. My conference call was cancelled, again, as they are still having problems with their data. We moved it to Friday morning. So we took our time getting moving and went south today. We stopped at most of the scenic viewpoints on our way south. The most interesting viewpoint was at Seal Rock.

We did not see any seals, but the rocks and the ocean hitting them was
spectacular.

Our first major stop was at the Visitor Center in Waldport, just on the south side of the New Alsea Bay Bridge.

 

 

We were able to pick up quite a few brochures that we did not have. Waldport was founded in the early 1800’s as a shipping port for upstream commodities. Sawmills were built quickly as timber became the base industry in the area. Canneries were built, but commercial fishing never really developed in the area due to the fact there was not a natural harbor. The river comes into the ocean here, but there are large sandbars. I had noted this when we drove over the bridge on Sunday with the motor home. There is an obviously dredged channel on the north side, but if the water were not so cold, you could walk at least halfway across the river in the shallow water at low tide.

We continued south to Yachats (pronounced Ya-hots) ), a small coastal community located approximately 30 miles south of Newport on Oregon’s central coast. This is a fishing and tourist community. We stopped at the Log Cabin Church.

The church was built in  1930’s from scrap logs and serves as Yachat’s historical museum. Refurbished to its original log-cabin appearance, the Little Log Church Museum features exhibits of early coastal life and is often used for weddings and community events. The church was closed, but we were able to look in the windows. It was a very nice little place, with only about 6 pews.

We continued south to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Viewpoint, that Yachats in the distance.

Cape Perpetua, located two miles south of Yachats, is the highest location on the Oregon Coast. The park’s overlook provides sweeping vistas of Oregon’s central coast and is the
starting point for numerous coastal and wooded trails. Interpretive programs
are available during its open season, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor
Day.

We then turned around the headed back north again to Yachts. We took a side trip out to the beach at Yachts, just to look at the ocean waves. The Smelt Sands State Recreation Site includes The Yachats Smelt Trail (otherwise known as the 804 Trail) traces the footsteps of early settlers who lived off of these abundant little fish.

We stopped in Yachts at Le Roy’s Blue Whale restaurant for lunch. This is a handpainted mural on the wall in the restaurant.

An cxcellent choice for lunch! Bob had a portabella-burger, which he had trouble getting in his mouth it was so high with burger, cheese and mushroom. It came with an excellent potato salad. I had the 1-2-1 (1 egg –scrambled, 2 slices bacon or sausage, and 1 pancake.). It also was excellent.

We continued back north, driving past the RV park to the Fred Meyer in Newport for groceries. We found out that Fred Meyer is in the Kroger family, so we can use our Kroger card, which will give us gas  and other discounts. When we went back south to the RV park, as we crossed the Yaquina Bay Bridge, south of Newport, the sun was shining on the south side of the bridge, all the way back to the motor home! Rain on one end of the bridge and sun on the other end. Interesting weather around here! We took a short nap, then grilled some pork chops for dinner.

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