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Thursday, February 17, 2011

DAY 34 - SOUTH OF YACHATS, OREGON

HECETA LIGHTHOUSE...SOUTH OF YACHATS, OREGON


BEACH IN FRONT OF SPIA AT CAMPGROUND NORTH OF YACHATS, OREGON


ANOTHER VIEW OF BEACH IN FRONT OF SPIA



DEVILS CHASM, NEXT TO SPIA'S FIRST PARKING PLACE OF THE DAY




VIEW SOUTH NEAR CAPE PERPETUA, OREGON, SOUTH OF YACHATS


ROAT AT CAPE PERPETUA, OREGON, SOUTH OF YACHATS


SEA VIEW FROM CAPE PERPETUA, OREGON



BOILING SURF BELOW CAPE PERPETUA

FROM CAPE PERPETUA LOOKING NORTH INTO YACHATS BAY...WE SAW THESE HOMES YESTERDAY UP CLOSE


LOOKING STRAIGHT DOWN FROM CAPE PERPETUA AT THE SURF


A PRIVATE HOME BELOW CAPE PERPETUA


NEARING YACHATS, OREGON ON US 101 WALKING DOWN FROM CAPE PERPETUA

ANOTHER PRIVATE HOME NESTLED UNDER THE CAPE OF PERPETUA


YES, WE KNOW HOW THESE TREES GOT THIS SHAPE, DON'T WE


A "BLOW HOLE" SHOOTING SPRAY STRAIGHT UP ...JUST A BIT SOUTH OF CAPE PERPETUA


A BRIDGE OVER A CHASM...CHEWING AWAY THE CLIFF FACE


HECETA LIGHTHOUSE, NEAR THE SEA LION CAVES, OREGON


ONE OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED LIGHT HOUSES IN THE USA...I MIGHT ARGUE THAT POINT...I KNOW OF ONE IN SOUTH CAROLINA...NEAR WHERE LEIUTENANT MAYNARD CAPTURED AND CUT OFF THE HEAD OF THE PIRATE BLACKBEARD...


A REALLY NICE ANGLE OF HECETA LIGHTHOUSE


FROM HECETA LIGHTHOUSE...THAT BUILDING ON THE NEXT CAPE JUST HAPPENS TO BE THE SEA LIONS CAVES...I WILL VISIT TOMORROW


THE VIEW THE LIGHT KEEPER HAS FROM HIS HOME...LOOKING AT HECETA LIGHTHOUSE.


THE LIGHT KEEPERS HOUSE...STILL USED...NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


LETTUSE, CARROTS, CABBAGE, ETC ETC ETC BEHIND THE LIGHT KEEPERS HOME



THE TUNNEL ABOVE HECETA BEACH...NO WALKING POSSIBLE IN THERE


INSIDE THE TUNNEL


DAY 34 – SOUTH OF YACHATS, OREGON

At 7 am, left the Campground North of Yachats. Stopped at a Grocery Store in Yachats for a loaf of Bread and some Peanut Butter. Cashier said SNOW was forecast for Yachats today…the hillsides were covered to about 500 feet above Sea Level.
Drove SPIA to Cape Perpetua Day-Use Parking Area.

Started walking North on US 101 up and over the Cape and down into Yachats…then turned around and walked BACK up the Cape, down the South side, and another 4 miles to the South above the Surf crashing against continuous cliffs. Turned around and walked BACK to SPIA.

The Sun actually came out between towering thunderheads. A long line of black clouds from horizon to horizon about 2 miles offshore were moving towards me.

Moved SPIA on US 101 to the South side of a major cliff area and parked. Walked North another hour (4 miles) and back to SPIA…kept going South past many homes, RV Parks (Private Members-Only), and a motel or two…when the cliffs started again, walked back to SPIA.

This is beginning to sound a bit boring to me. Took plenty of photographs, but just how many pics of crashing surf is interesting…In any event, that is what walking in this part of the Oregon Coast is like.

Moved SPIA a couple miles into the cliff area and parked by a Bridge…started walking when a State Truck with a SNOW PLOW on the front, cautioned me not to get too far away from my Motor Home because that line of black clouds was moving inland bringing SNOW AND HAIL.

I kept within a couple miles of SPIA and sure enough, the wind picked up and rain started. I rushed – ran mostly – back to SPIA just as SNOW starting to fall. A State Camp Ground was back North a mile or so; turned SPIA around and headed for it. By the time I pulled into the Camp Ground, the SNOW had turned to HAIL, which completely covered the ground.

It was 11:30 am.

Had walked some rather challenging mountains this morning and was quite cold, so decided to take a parking spot…# A-2 and stay for the night.

Made some lunch – Pork & Beans with two frankfurters sliced into it – and ate the whole thing, together with a glass of Cabernet and now sipping a cup of hot tea.

The Sun is back out…now 12: 00 Noon …but is still quite cold. After finishing my tea, will put on my rain gear and go put in another five miles or so.

It is about 12 miles to FLORENCE, OREGON from here….from Florence, it is 21 miles to REEDSPORT, OREGON. Should pass through Florence in the morning and be near Reedsport by tomorrow evening.

There is NO Verizon Signal at this Camp Ground, so no Blog update today.

Now 4:30 pm…getting dark out because of heavy overcast and rain.

Started walking South again at 12:30 pm and returned at 4:00 pm in another downpour.
Walked South to the Heceta Head Lighthouse…said to be the most photographed Lighthouse in the entire USA. It is 4 miles one way. Parking is at Sea Level…the Lighthouse is ½ mile on a very nice trail UP the side of Heceta Head.

After visiting the Lighthouse, walked back next to the Light Keeper’s Home…the Lighthouse is in operation and apparently still tended by a Light Keeper.

Then walked South on US 101 across the Bridge and to the Tunnel. There is NO place to walk inside that Tunnel…so, turned around and walked the 4 miles back to SPIA…in a downpour.

DAILY REPORT: Walked Round Trip from Yachats to the Tunnel, a total of 16 miles one way; plus another mile to see the Lighthouse; i.e., walked 32 miles today…mostly mountain hills…count 16 miles

SEE YOUR IMPACT.ORG: Credit 16 miles @ $0.02 per mile = $0.32 for the day.

In the morning, will move SPIA South past that Tunnel…find a place to park, and walk back North to the Tunnel…then South into Florence, Oregon, about 8 miles South of the Tunnel…

Then, we shall see.

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