Jun 082011

Yesterday was a day for spouting horns and lighthouses.

We had a UPS shipment that was scheduled for delivery to the South Jetty NACO campground yesterday, and since we had cancelled our stay there, we wanted to stop by and ask them to hold it for us, if it hadn’t already arrived. It hadn’t, and the lady on duty at the ranger station said she’d be sure to hold it there for us.

Since we were out, we decided what the heck, we’d drive to Newport to check out a couple of options there for our next stop. It is about 50 miles from Florence to Newport, and it’s a very scenic drive, with lots of beautiful vistas of Pacific waves crashing onto unspoiled beaches. 

Unspoiled beach

Along the way, Terry got a couple of pictures of the historic Haceta Head Lighthouse, a few miles north of Florence. We love lighthouses, and the Oregon coast has a lot of them to delight any photographer.

Haceta Head lighthouse 2

I made a mental note not to get too close to the side when when we come through here in the motorhome.

Highway 101 tunnel

Whalers Rest is a Leisure Time Resort near Newport, and also a Resorts of Distinction campground. We stopped to check it out, and decided that yes, it would be okay for a week’s stay. Since there were Thousand Trails signs all over the place, and the rangers were wearing Thousand Trails uniforms, I asked if we could come in under our regular Thousand Trails membership, and they said yes, just go online and make a reservation. Cool! 

We also stopped to check out the Elks lodge in Newport, just in case. It has back-in RV sites with water and electric, and is only a couple of blocks from the historic waterfront. That would work okay too.

Our friend Laurie Brown had also suggested the campground that the Lincoln City Elks operates, and since it was only another 21 miles further north, we figured, why not? The campground is located a couple of miles up a two lane road off Highway 101, and as it turns out, recent construction has left the roadway very rough and uneven. The campground was okay, but we decided that we like Newport a lot better.

Lincoln City elks

Driving back, we had to stop in several places so Terry could take more pictures. When you combine the spectacular natural beauty all along the coast with Terry’s excellent eye, and her new Panasonic Lumix FZ40 digital camera, that’s one heck of a winning combination. The only problem is that she takes hundreds of pictures on every outing, and I spend hours deciding which ones to use, because they’re all so good.

Depot Bay coastline 5

Depot Bay coastline 3

Depoe Bay is famous for its spouting horns, rock formations that have holes eroded into them by eons of wave action, and when the surf crashes into them, they send up amazing waterspouts that look like a whale spouting. After an eruption of water and spray, the water foams and washes over the rocks, and then it’s time for the next wave to hit, and the process repeats itself all over again. I could spend hours watching the waterspouts. They’re just amazing to see.

Depoe Bay waterspout

Depoe Bay foaming rocks

Depoe Bay waterspout 4

Years ago, on a trip to the area, we stopped to watch the spouting horns, and got a bonus when somebody pointed out two gray whales playing just offshore. There were no whales yesterday, so we had to settle for this seagull instead.


As we approached Newport on the return trip, Terry took this picture of another historic lighthouse, this one at Yaquina Head. She took the picture from about two miles away, using the camera’s zoom lens, and without a tripod. Though it’s a little grainy from the magnification, it still looks neat.

Yaquina Head lighthouse

The clouds and sunlight were creating amazing patterns on the sky and water, and Terry shot several pictures that capture the beauty of it all. This is my favorite.

Sun on water

The secretary at the Florence Elks lodge had recommended a Chinese restaurant called Chen’s Family Dish, so we stopped for dinner when we got back to town. If you’ve read the blog for any length of time, you know that I love Chinese restaurants, and I can say without a doubt that it was absolutely THE BEST we have ever had anywhere! I had the crab fried rice, and it was light and delicious. The serving was huge, with big chunks of crab meat. I wasn’t sure I could finish all of it, but it was way too good to leave any on the plate! Terry had a seafood stir fry that included fish, shrimp, clams, scallops, mussels, and lots of veggies, over glass noodles. Again, a huge serving, and she said it was beyond delicious. The servers were very friendly, the restaurant is very clean and new looking, and the prices are reasonable. We’ll probably only be in Florence one more night, but you can guess where we’ll be going back for dinner!

Back at the Elks lodge, I logged onto the Thousand Trails website and tried to make a reservation at Whalers Rest, only to discover that since it is actually a Leisure Time Resort (LTR), which is one of many camping chains in the Equity Lifestyle family, of which Thousand Trails is one, and since we don’t have LTR as part of our membership, I couldn’t make a reservation. So then I logged onto the Resorts of Distinction website to try and make a reservation through them, only to find that since Whalers Rest is a sister park to Thousand Trails, I couldn’t do that either. Can you say confusing? No problem, I’ll call the reservation number today, and see what I can come up with. Or, we’ll stay at the Elks, which is fine with me. We really like Newport and want to spend a few days there before we move even further north.

Thought For The Day – I was put on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now, I am so far behind, I will live forever.

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  9 Responses to “Spouting Horns And Lighthouses”

  1. Awesome photos!

  2. Maybe if you turned down the sharpness level on your Panasonic your photos would look even better. The amount of sharpness boost is extreme and makes many of the pictures look like they are reproduced on newsprint. Being from a newspaper background perhaps that is the way you like them. If the camera is set properly then you are over boosting the sharpness level in the photo program you using.

    The content and framing of your scenes and subjects is good in my IMHO and I enjoy seeing them.

  3. We spent 3 weeks at Whaler’s rest last year and it made a great homebase to explore the entire OR coast.

  4. We love the Oregon, Washington coast. Wish we were there with you. Have a wonderful time. Check out Mo’s for clam chowder

  5. Cool that you got to see a spouting horn! Mo’s has great chowder – a friend said that the nearby Chowder Bowl is even better. We ran out of time and didn’t get to compare it but if it is, it must be pretty darn good.

    Miss Terry needs to teach a class on how to get good pictures shooting thru a windshield while you’re moving – my attempts are pitiful. 😉

    Enjoy the area. We’re at Chimacum right now – everyone you talk to has a suggestion of something else neat to see in the area – way more to see here than we have time for – gotta come back!

  6. Yes, you have been seeing some beautiful places — and thanks for sharing the photos. However, I agree with Martin’s comment about “sharpening” being a bit overused. I was going to comment about it earlier — but thought perhaps my eye was a bit over-critical. I have seen that easily happen when working in my photo editing programs, both Picasa and Adobe Photoshop Elements. Terry definitely knows how to use good composition!

  7. One question on the zoom shots — does Terry use both the digital zoom and the optical zoom? We try to avoid the digital, as the same effect can be achieved with appropriate cropping.

  8. Oh my gosh, we were back in Newport and Depoe Bay yesterday with our grandkids. Wonder if we were there at the same time! Out of the four of us, I was the only one that saw the whale spout 2x.
    Hmmm, we are TT members and we could make reservations at Whalers Rest..If you go there, better to go to the upper section. Got satellite and verizon aircard connection there..

  9. A good restaurant in Newport is Szabo’s; in Depoe Bay Sea Hag

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