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HWY 101 – June 17

Posted on: June 27, 2015

After completing a 11K hike in Eugene with the AVA Walking Convention we headed west to Florence to pick up Hwy 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) to drive to our next walking event.

Our first stop was at the overlook for Heceta Head.  My camera doesn’t do justice to the views!

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We next stopped at Siuslaw Beach.  This is a day use area which provides nice access to the beach.  A short, paved walkway from the parking lot to a set of concrete stairs, leads to the beach. 

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Our next stop was at Cook’s Chasm.  It was a disappointment because the tide was out.  Not much action.  See the sign board picture to see what it could have looked like if the tide had been in.

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We stopped in Waldport to take a picture of the bridge.  This bridge was built in 1991, replacing an original Conde McCullough-designed span dating to 1936.  It crosses Alsea Bay.

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Soon after we passed a carving work shop in Seal Rock.  I did a separate post for it.  But here is the sign that caught our attention. Carvers Work Shop

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Our next stop was for the bridge (built in 1936) as you enter Newport.

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Our next stop was at Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  It was reported to be open on the internet but it was closed by the time we got there.  This is the tallest (93 feet) lighthouse on the Oregon coast.  It is still in use today but it is automated so there is no “keeper”.  The light can be seen 22 miles out at sea.  I was amazed at the birds covering the nearby rocks. 

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Those are not sea gulls.

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We went back into Newport to check out the smaller (and older) Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.  It was built in 1871 and  the larger one was built in 1873.  There was another view of the Newport bridge from here.

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We headed back to the old bay front district to check out the shops and saw lots of neat murals.

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We spent the night in Newport and headed over to Lincoln City for our next Convention Volksmarching Event.  On the way we stopped at the Devil’s Punchbowl.  Once again the tide was out.  No punch, just a sandy bottomed bowl.

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We next stopped at Otter’s Crest.  It is no longer on the official Hwy 101.  You have to get off and go west to visit it.  The visitor’s center wasn’t open.  Nice views.  Note the men in the boat out in the ocean.

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We next stopped at Rocky Creek to view the bridge that was completed in 1927.  This bridge is dedicated to Ben Jones, who introduced legislation in 1919 calling for the construction of the Oregon Coast Highway.  He died before this bridge was completed.

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One last stop before doing the Lincoln City Volksmarch was at Depoe Bay.  There isn’t a good view of the harbor from Hwy 101.  This is where the “fishing boat” action from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed.

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As we were leaving we spotted this whale and stopped to take its picture.  While I was taking a picture of ocean Carol noticed the whale spouted water so we waited to catch a shot of that.

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After the walk we looked around Lincoln City.  Here is what we found.

Soccer eating head.

Soccer eating head.

Abe Lincoln riding a horse.

Abe Lincoln riding a horse.

Taft historical district.

Taft historical district.

A dragon.

A dragon.

A pretty Church

A pretty Church

Joe the Sealion

Joe the Sea Lion

And Lil Sambo's Restaurant where we stopped to eat lunch before heading into Salem.

And Lil Sambo’s Restaurant where we stopped to eat lunch before heading into Salem.

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