Escape the Heat and Fire
The worst fire season in California history sent thousands like me fleeing to see relatives and friends in Oregon looking for clean air and cooler temperatures. Disappointment drifted around our plane as we flew into Portland International Airport. The air quality in Portland looked nearly as smoky as it did at home near the Sequoia National Park.
Visit the Oregon Coast
Temperatures reaching nearly one hundred degrees in the Pacific Northwest dried grasses along the freeway and turned the surrounding hillsides brown. Traffic thinned by the time we passed Salem, Oregon and we continued south to the Corvallis exit.
A turn to the west took us onto the direct road to Newport, Oregon. As we continued west, grass and trees greened and by the time we reached our destination, we breathed in the fog instead of smoke or dust. We threw open the door and leaned over the patio to enjoy the bay view.
We stayed close to our hotel, The Embarcadero Resort because we could walk to everything we needed in the Historic Bayfront District.
The unit came with a separate bedroom, one bath, living area, dining area and a full kitchen for $120 per night. The bedroom comes with a king sized bed and the living room has a queen size pullout bed, which is less comfortable. The view makes up for it.
My brother grabbed the binoculars every time a ship motored by the window.
This morning we awoke to more fog. Donning our coats we walked into Historic Bayfront for breakfast across from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Breakfast was more than I could eat, but I couldn’t help sampling it before I took a picture. I give it five stars, but don’t ask me the name today. I’ll tell you in another post, so come back again.
Quaint shops line the road on both sides along with a fish processing plant and several restaurants. We ate at Moe’s for dinner two nights in a row to enjoy a beautiful view and delicious, reasonable meals. – two dinners including salmon came to only $23.00.
Lincoln City, OR
We drove to Lincoln City and walked along the shore for a short time. On a gray morning, few people joined us. Not even boats ventured out in the choppy waves. Tomorrow we are going on an ocean cruise to hunt for whales. They feed here from July to October.
Historic Bayfront, Newport, OR
It was too early for lunch after eating the huge breakfast, so we headed back to Newport and visited the three tourist attractions, Ripley’s, the Wax Museum, and the Undersea Gardens.
The Undersea Gardens was actually a once-working ship. A diver spent about fifteen minutes displaying the Garden residents, a Dungeness Crab (pictured in front of Eddy’s face), anemone, starfish, and everyone’s favorite, a blue shark, were among the many species named.
From there we crossed the street to the Wax Museum and cavorted with several stars. Some of them would pose up close and personal with you.
Others appeared too deadly to approach.
None of them scared us, even the guy who popped out of the wall. One old wax guy sat in his room and watched you on television watching him. Randy caught him red-handed.
We left these jokers and went over to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
At that point, I spent more time reading and watching videos than I did taking pictures. In fact, I didn’t take one picture so you will have to go and take your own and link them to this article.
Tomorrow more explorations. Stay tuned. Where have you been this summer? Link your articles in the comment section. I look forward to hearing from you.