Thursday, July 9, 2015
Chapter 23 - South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon
Joan's plan for us today is to drive south down the coastal highway around 35 miles and visit two very scenic areas, the first stop being Cape Perpetua, and the second the Heceta Head Lighthouse. According to Joan the views from both of these high points along the Oregon coast are just incredible although she also warned us that we would be hiking some uphill trails to reach the high points "so be prepared."
Cape Perpetua has an interesting history as it was named by Captain James Cook back in 1778 when he sighted the 800 foot high steep bluff rising above the Pacific Ocean during his search for the Northwest Passage. He apparently observed the cape on St. Perpetua's Day hence its name.
After completing a long hike especially by my much younger sister Joan who agreed to walk back (uphill) to get the car and then come back and pick us up along Hwy 101, we continued heading south to reach our second objective, The Heceta Head Lighthouse.
The Heceta Head Lighthouse is about 15 miles south of Cape Perpetua along Hwy 101 and as everyone knows who has driven this highway, there are intermittent views of the crashing waves on the wide sandy and sometimes rocky beaches, there are many single and multi family residents overlooking the ocean from viewpoints far above the sand and water, there are numerous villages with tourist oriented businesses lining the highway, and fortunately there are many pull off areas where drivers can park their car to view the scenery. All of these varying views makes for an interesting drive down this winding mostly two lane highway. This is the life but I have now realize as I type this blog that our WiFi service in this public park is so poor that I can no longer download and add photos to this blog. Consequently, until we get a better internet connection we are going to have to delay publishing this blog possibly for up to one week. We will start again as soon as possible. We are headed tomorrow to a wilderness area in the Oregon mountains where at our campsite we will have no hookups for electric, water, and sewer, and most likely no WiFi service. A primitive life for sure, but, really primative without any an Internet connection to the outside world. Like the early pioneer settlers. So until the future and beyond the wilderness . . . .