Winchester Bay to Stub Stewart State Park is a 4 to 5 hour trip, depending on which route you take, Hwy 101 or I-5. We never get anywhere in the time the GPS tells us it will take… In this case, our trip to Stub was 3 days, north on Hwy. 101.
We started with a stop at our first hosting assignment and a place we absolutely love, Heceta Head Lighthouse. She’s been fully renovated and will be opening to the public again soon, we can’t wait to see the inside.
Heceta Head Lighthouse (background), where we started our hosting career a little over 3 years ago.
The fencing is still up. The lighthouse is set to open sometime this summer. We hope to be there opening day. I’m so excited to see what’s been done inside.
She look soooo much better!
A photo display inside the open oil house. There is also a slideshow of the restoration running for visitors to watch.
Heceta Head Lighthouse and the Keeper’s House and in the foreground is the secret beach…and we know where the secret trail is (no public access) 🙂
We had a Museum delivery to make in Newport so we spent the first night at South Beach State Park, someplace we’ve stayed many times and still enjoy. We made our delivery to the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center (under development in a beautifully renovated, old, waterfront house) and tooled around Newport for awhile.
Girl Like Guns, yes we do! This is a store on Hwy 101 in Newport. Painted pink on the outside but not at all “girly” on the inside. Nice selection of guns for girls and guys.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Maybe these two were chasing it?
The Newport Belle Bed and Breakfast. It’s a sternwheel riverboat, built in 1993, designed from the start to be a B&B. Haven’t seen the inside yet, maybe next time we’re in Newport.
A sandy trail through the Dune grass. Before the jetties were built this would have been the beach.
Debris from the Japanese Tsunami is still washing ashore on the Oregon Coast. We’ve been finding lots of pieces like this, a common site along the whole coast. Some places (like here) mark or tag each piece, some don’t. I’d like to know what the pieces belonged to.
Dizzy has become a water dog. He used to be afraid of it, now he loves it. And like a good, experienced beach goer, he never turns his back on the ocean! One sneaker wave was enough for the three of us…
Random pine-cone, I couldn’t find a tree this could have possibly come from. It made for some cool shots.
A very photogenic pine cone on the beach at sunset.
A perfect beach sunset scene.
Dizzy at sunset at South Beach State Park.
On our way through Newport the next morning we stopped and saw the Field on Honor put up by the Veterans of Oregon Traveling Memorial. It was an amazing and moving sight even though they only had space for half of the flags.
The Veterans of Oregon Field of Honor Traveling Memorial. Incredible to see.
The trailer carries over 1,000 flags. Each flag has been flown over the Nation’s Capitol.
Most of the flag poles had names of Oregon Veterans who died at war. Some had up to four names on them.
Flags for Vets.
Half of the field.
They only had 1/2 of the flags out due to the size of the lot. I would love to see the entire display.
We had actually planned on a night at South Beach being the only stop but as we drove further north the next day we came upon a State Park we hadn’t stayed at yet and pulled in for the night, even though it was only noon and we’d only been driving (and stopping a lot) for 2 hours…
Our first stay at Cape Lookout State Park was interesting but very enjoyable. We found the longest spot we could, unhooked the trailer, maneuvered it all around the site to where it would take up the least space, backed the rig in at an angle as close to the trailer as we could to be off the road and then we were settled. We had to get a separate site for my car. Meanwhile, we watched a couple with a 5th wheel try to get into a few different sites before admitting defeat and leaving, after doing quite a bit of damage to his truck’s paint job and the bushes.
We did a real quick set up, ate a quick lunch and took off on a hike on the actual Cape Lookout. Awesome hike! After that we jumped on our bikes to “cruise around the campground”, it’s never that simple…We ended up down a service road which became a small trail through old dunes which took us out to the wetlands which was actually pretty neat. We watched a Bald Eagle fish while we chatted with a Canadian couple who ended up down the same trail. We continued down the trail until it faded into the dune grass, but instead of turning around and retracing our steps we continued West, toward the sound of the ocean, until suddenly we stood on top of a cliff of sand looking down at the beach about 50 feet below us. So, once again, instead of turning around and going back the way we came, we pushed on…down the cliff… Good day exploring the park.
We barely made it into a site at Camp Lookout State Park. A nice campground, great location, but like a lot of campgrounds on the Oregon Coast it’s an old design and not built for 40+ foot rigs although there are a few sites that will accommodate. We had to unhitch the trailer and turn it sideways as much as we could and then back the rig up as close to it as possible. We are about 50 feet long + my car, we took up two sites, a full-hook up and a tent site. We enjoyed our stay though.
Looking back the way we came… The Cape Lookout Trail is part of the Oregon Coast Trail. We’ve hiked a few sections of the Coast Trail but someday I want to hike it in it’s entirety, all 382 miles of it.
The trail passes under a living tree. He had to climb it, of course… Dave is trying to convince Dizzy to join him, he eventually did.
Why? Because it’s there…
Dave makes me so nervous sometimes, and he takes Dizzy to the edge with him. The drop from here is about 300 feet…it’s a long way straight down. This is not a trail for the faint of heart or anyone afraid of edges, there are no rails. It makes for a great quiet trail 🙂
Making me nervous again…
Looking back at the beach, not even at the end of Cape Lookout yet.
Artwork on the trail.
That is a cluster of Common Murres…it took us a little while to figure it out.
Caught this Eagle flying by below us. The Murres in the water were flapping around and making a ruckus and the seagulls were harassing the Eagle as it flew by. The Eagles raid the nests in the cliffs, so the Murres have been hanging out in the water waiting until the Eagles move on so they can lay their eggs safely. The Bald Eagle is still beautiful to see though.
The Eagle has landed….it’s waiting for the seagulls and Murres to calm down so it can check the nests in the cliffs again.
Lowering the bikes to Dave so he can carry them down the cliff. Well, maybe it’s not quite a cliff, just a sandy hillside with an 85 degree slope….
Going down this was actually easier than going back the way we came.
Sunset behind the swing.
Beach goers are creative. We came across this about a mile down the beach from Cape Lookout State Park.
A normal Oregon beach, no one around, until you get to the campground entrance, that’s where everyone tends to hang out. Or course, it was windy and cold… Great views from here though. Not much further is the entrance to Netarts Bay. The group of rocks in the distance is Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge.
The next morning we decided to make another side trip out to Cape Meares State Park. We’ve only been there once, shortly after the Lighthouse was damaged (by two drunk guys with a rifle) so the lens and windows were boarded up, a sad sight. It’s looking good now though! You can still see bullet holes in the 120 year old irreplaceable First Order Fresnel Lens but they’ve done a great job fixing it up and making it less obvious… We got there too early for tours, but, we did watch a Bald Eagle soar over the top of the Lighthouse while we were standing eye level with the lens, it was a breath-taking sight. Too bad I couldn’t get to my camera in time…
Impressive view. Shortly after I took this (and put my camera down) a Bald Eagle cruised right over the top and right in front of us…I couldn’t get my camera back up fast enough to get a shot… It was an amazing sight though.
At 38 feet tall Cape Meares in the shortest lighthouse in Oregon.
The Octopus Tree at Cape Meares State Park, the largest Sitka Spruce in the state of Oregon.
We finally made it to Stub Stewart just in time to meet up with our “boss” before he headed home for the weekend. It was a great mini vacation.
By the way, if you click on the pictures it will take you to the full image….