Fun at tidepools at Yaquina Head in Newport, OR

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The guys woke up a little early this morning after sleeping in the new tent. The lows were in the mid 40s and Chris came in first about 5:45am to get warm and the boys followed soon after. Today we headed out for our fieldtrip to the tidepools!

The boys and I arrived at the Yaquina Head "Outstanding Natural Area" at about 10:30am, an hour before low tide. We saw tons of purple sea urchins, anemones, hermit crabs, pink, orange, and brown sea stars, rocks covered with mussels, and Collin found a small creature's bone and a dead crab. After exploring the natural tide pools, we walked up to see the largest lighthouse on the coast of Oregon...the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse!

On a rock sitting just off the headland is Colony Rock covered with seagulls, puffins, and cormorants. After checking out all the birds, we headed back to South Beach SP for lunch and to get Chris. We decided to go to the historic bayfront to see how they process shrimp right off the boats at the Fish Peddler. It was amazing to look through the window and see all the steps from steaming to removing the shells and then on to packaging for shipping.

We walked around the bayfront for a short time and then went back over to the Yaquina Head area to vistit the Interpretive Center.There we learned a little more about the important job of the lightkeeper, the powerful bulbs, and the history and purpose of the lighthouses.    

Chris spent some time with the boys while went back to the RV to rest my neck. Tonight was game 2 of the Jazz-Spurs Western Finals NBA games, so we found a great hole in the wall restauant, Szabo's, to watch the game, since we have no cable at the state park. It's chilly tonight so the guys will be sleeping inside.

We're off to the northwest corner of Oregon tomorrow to explore where Lewis and Clark finally made it to the Pacific Ocean. On our way, we'll stop in Tillamook to tour the cheese factory. -Kelly
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