We had walked to the sand dunes above South Beach, the night before, to take a few "sunset" photos. The next morning we returned to see South Beach in the morning light. The fishing boats were just heading out of the harbor as we walked along the beach.
Monday 5 October 2009
We arrived in Newport Oregon, Monday evening in time to secure a good camping spot at the Oregon State Park South Beach campground (hot showers and right on the beach). We organized our camp which didn’t take long since our bed was already made up in the back of our 1994 Toyota 4 X 4 pickup truck with a cab high canopy (screen windows & reading lights).
Then we grabbed the cameras and hiked to the beach to take a few photos as the sun dropped below the horizon over the Pacific Ocean.
Tuesday 6 October 2009
We broke camp and drove to the Oregon’s tallest lighthouse at Yaquina Head, north of Newport. We rated this visit as one of the highlights of our entire road trip. The lighthouse was built in 1873 and was interesting to visit. The staff there gave a nice tour and provided us with interesting facts and stories about the lighthouse. We arrived early and the beach just south of the lighthouse was not crowded and had a large gathering of harbor seals, pelicans, cormorants and other sea birds. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit.