This our last day staying in Newport, we take a car trip down to Florence, our favorite coastal city. This is an especially scenic portion of the coast, including Cape Perpetua, the Heceta Head Light House, and the historic part of Florence.
Our first stop is at Cape Perpetua, where several years ago we met friends Mark & Debbie Ford, who volunteer for the U.S. Park Service each year. We met them at the visitor center here at Cape Perpetua and they were so helpful and friendly, that we meet up once each year. They are full time RVers, so we have fun seeing where they go each year. Cape Perpetua brings back fond memories.
The photos above are part of what you see walking down the trail. Awesome scenery, even on a very hazy day.
It is exceptionally windy this week, and with much sand and dust in the air, taking distant photography is challenging at best.
Our next stop is the most famous light house on the Oregon Coast, Heceta Head. There are always people here, and not wishing to fight all the traffic, we opt for a distant photo, but with only one utility lens on the new Digital SLR, it isn't a great shot. The house next to the lighthouse was the keepers house, now turned into a B&B.
Next stop is Florence. Here are some photos of the historic part which lies on the banks of the Siuslaw River.
First things first, however. Lunch is on our mind, and the Bridgewater does the job well. Located in a charming old building, the food is good & the interior interesting.
Next we walk across the street to the town park and view the Siuslaw River and famous Florence Bridge, currently under repair.
Now we walk towards the city marina, book a place at the RV park for next year and start our drive back; but after a stop for some ice cream.
The coast line south and including Florence is famous for the sand dunes. We stop and take another look.
A few miles up the road is the Darlingtonia Wayside, a beautiful display of these carnivorous and un-photogenic flowers! The wayside, however, is fun and beautiful.
Back closer to the Cape Perpetua area, we come to the camping facility at Cape Perpetua, featuring Giant Spruce. This facility is way too small for a coach the size of Popeye, but is fun to walk through.
And finally, we return to Newport. Tomorrow we leave for McMinnville and look forward to July 4th.
For further information: Cape Perpetua
For further information: Heceta Head Lighthouse
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