Our last day driving along the coast we visited Yaquina Head lighthouse before turning left and heading inland toward the Columbia River Gorge.
It was a beautiful lighthouse with lots of scenic views along the way. A perfect last glimpse of the beautiful Pacific! If you’ve gotten bored with the ocean views you’ll be happy to know that the next few posts will be inland. With lots of waterfalls!
After leaving the sand dunes we went a bit further north up the Pacific Coast, visited a lighthouse and then ate our picnic lunch with this friendly bluejay.
I’ve got to say, I’ve never seen jays as blue as the ones out there! We arrived at our campground, right beside the ocean, set up the tent and campsite and had time to go talk a nice walk on the beach at low tide.
We even went back again at sunset and enjoyed that too!
It was delightful to sleep so close to the ocean that you could hear the waves roll onto the beach. This was our last night by the ocean, the next day we would tour a little further north along the coast and then head back inland to the Columbia River Gorge.
From our tide pool walk earlier in the morning we continued our journey north along the Pacific coast of Oregon. We passed by the historical railway but it was closed.
I managed to capture a few pictures through the fence for my nephew who is quite a train buff.
After crossing this amazing bridge the next treat we came to were the immense sand dunes! They stretched for miles and miles.
It was really hard to capture the scale and height of these dunes, some were over 500 feet tall! We decided to treat ourselves to an hour-long tour in a two-seater RZR and had quite the adventure going up & down the hills of sand.
I’m sure my screams could be heard for many miles! We took turns driving but I don’t think I ever got Mark to scream, only to laugh as I screamed and drove at the same time straight up and over the mounds of sand.
After recovering from that fun we headed north again, look for the conclusion of our day in the next road trip post!
Our seventh day on the road was started with a tide pool walk.
Not at all how I had mentally pictured it, walking on sandy beaches peering into puddles full of interesting sea creatures! No, it involved clambering over kelp covered, slippery rocks, practically standing on your head to peer into the cracks & crevasses, reaching under slimy rocks in hopes that when you flipped them over there would be an interesting creature or two.
All that while keeping your balance and trying your best not to step on anything living. I failed at the last two several times, including one thudding fall onto a jagged rock. Ouch! But in between the challenges it was so awesome to view all these interesting creatures in their habitat.
We were lucky to be there on a day of extremely low tides so there was lots to discover!
In addition to the critters we could see up close the sea lions were off shore just a bit, playing and making quite a racket! It was great to take this walk with one of the park rangers, she was great at helping us discover things and explaining how the different animals lived in this rocky place.
This was probably one of our favorite days of vacation! We saw & did so many things I’m breaking the day into three blog posts just to get it all in! Next post we’ll move from the rocky shore to the sand dunes, stay tuned!