On the coast @ Newport OR 10/6 - 10/9

We left Tillamook in a drizzle, driving south to Newport and South Beach C/G. Not exactly the best or easiest drive, tho it was a short one. We picked a quiet site, which wasn't hard to do this time of year in a large C/G like South Beach (227 sites). Though Discovery Season rates are in effect as of Oct 1st, prices still seem high: $22/nite for W/E... but we are on the beach and that counts for a lot. We love listening to the surf - a sound that can lull you to sleep at nite. The sky had cleared somewhat, and after setting up, we made our way to the beach for a walk along the shore. As we topped the last dune, a 30 mph wind greeted us, blowing sand in our eyes, shoes, and so on. I took off my visor lest it blow all the way to Tillamook! It was a chilly wind, too, so we walked maybe half a mile and turned around... much better with the wind at our backs.

The next day dawned relatively clear: Aquarium and Hatfield Science Center day! And then a delicious fish lunch at Buy Local... a long walk on the Historic Bayfront lined with canneries and fishing boats in Yaquina Bay and loud barking and belching sea lions. What a nice day we had.

Jimmy gazing out to sea. Next photo taken @ the Aquarium: All this junk was collected at South Beach in only two hours!

Jellies performing a graceful water ballet. Next photo of Jimmy's arm in a great white shark's jaw at Hatfield Science Ctr. (BIG teeth!)

Fishing boats lined up in picturesque Yaquina Bay. Two "buddies" resting quietly (for the moment) on a pier.

We enjoyed being outside today, tho we wore jackets all the time against a coolness, but rain is back in the forecast for tomorrow. So, we plan a short jaunt across the coastal range to Corvallis. We've never been there before, and the time is right!

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