Yesterday was a day for bad roads and big waves. Lots of both.
We left the Seaside RV Resort about 10:30, stopped for fuel, and then started south on U.S. Highway 101. It was 118 miles to the Elks lodge in Newport, but it was a slow 118 miles.
Part of the way was along the coast, which was stormy all the way.
Then the route went inland and passed through logging country. Most of the way it was narrow and the road was challenging, with lots of dips and bumps. There were also sections that had been repaired, but were rough as a cob. I just poked along and pulled over to let traffic get past me whenever possible.
The bad weather didn’t stop the salmon fishermen from being out on one sheltered bay.
It rained on us most of the way. Sometimes it was a sprinkle and other times it came down hard. We passed through several sleepy small towns, and eventually came to Lincoln City, which was much bigger and busier. Lincoln City is a kite flying mecca and there is a festival there in a couple of weeks, but we’ll be down the road by then.
We arrived at the Elks lodge in Newport just in time to snag the last RV site they had available. It took some finessing to get our 40 foot diesel pusher into our site, but we managed it.
Once we were parked and hooked up, we jumped in the Explorer and drove a few miles south to the Whaler’s Rest Leisure Time RV Resort, which is part of our Thousand Trails membership. Some people had told us the Verizon signal was terrible there and others have said it was okay in the northern section of the campground and we wanted to check for ourselves. We drove through the whole campground and were able to get a very weak one or two bar signal in a couple of spots, but it would disappear even without us moving. Between that and the fact that it is heavily treed and gloomy was enough to scratch that one off the list.
Next we drove back in the other direction to Depoe Bay, north of Newport. This small town is the home of the famous spouting horns. These are lava tubes that have been eroded by wave action and when the big waves hit them, they shoot geysers of water high into the air. We saw a few folks get wet when particularly big waves crashed ashore.
Not me, though. I had on my Frogg Toggs Toad Rage Jacket and was toasty warm! I love this jacket. It’s incredibly lightweight and I can roll it up in a ball and stash it in a corner in the back of the Explorer until needed, then drag it out and it still looks good. It’s waterproof and the sleeves and waist are adjustable to keep out drafts. This isn’t your grandpa’s windbreaker, baby!
We spent a couple of hours watching the waves crashing in and being in awe of Mother Nature’s power.
The folks in these condos had a heck of a view of the storm!
Finally the rain and cold wind got to us and we called it a day and drove back to Newport. We’ll stay here a few days and then decide where to go next, either south along the coast or inland and hopefully into sunshine and warmer temperatures.
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Thought For The Day – In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. – John Adams