Wednesday, September 16, 2020

At last........

 8:02 am - Wednesday - September 16th - Seal Rock, OR - 59° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM.....heavy cloud cover with a little fog today with a forecast high of 67° F.....a chance of rain a little later today.  On this day in 2014 we were living at Cape Blanco, and on this particular day beach combing........↴


It was lightly misting when we awoke Tuesday morning, and by 10 am it was raining.....not what we wanted, but we had not planned to leave Chinook until 11 am for that very reason.  By 10:40 am the rain squall had passed, and it was time to turn over the big Detroit Diesel.  Once she as aired up we moved over to where the trailer was parked and within a few minutes had dropped it back on the Newell hitch.  Once that was done all that remained was to begin the 4+ mile crossing of the Astoria-Megler Bridge over the Columbia River and into Oregon.....


......the bridge is one lane each direction, and quite narrow.  On a windy day (typical) there is a strong cross wind making it difficult to stay in one's lane.  We have crossed this bridge in the Newell three times previously, and the wind was a booger, but on this day there was NO wind whatsoever.....sweet!  Just set the cruise control and get across.  Within minutes we were descending off the bridge into downtown Astoria, and then across another bridge into Warrenton, then Seaside, Cannon Beach, and then the iconic Nehalem Bay overlook.....


.....one of the most beautiful views along the Oregon Coast, bar none.......


Taking a break at the Nehalem Bay overlook

........this was our fourth, or fifth time at this overlook, and we never pass it by without stopping whether in the Newell, or in our car.  Our next rest stop was at the Winema Wayfinding Point where the we saw our shadows for the first time in 6 days......


....we kind of wandered around the vista point soaking in the ultraviolet rays, which have been in short supply the past week......






.....at last we came to Lincoln City and it was time to top off our 180 gallon diesel tank for our 6 month winter stay at Seal Rocks RV Cove.  Why, you might ask?  Well, it is better to park your RV with a full tank of diesel as it helps prevent condensation inside the tank, and therefore, water from collecting.  It is especially important if you will be parking in a humid environment. Most of the prices we had seen down the coast were in the $2.69 - $2.89/gallon range, but in Lincoln City we came across prices in the $2.21 - $2.26/gallon range. We took on 120 gallons of Bio Diesel at $2.21/gallon......


......from there is was under 38 miles to our destination........

The Yaquina Head Lighthouse can be seen in the distance

Newport at last....only 11 more miles

Getting ready to cross the Yaquina Bay Bridge

.....once we crossed the bridge it was just 9 more miles to Seal Rocks RV Cove.....

Yelp photo of the entrance....our site is just up the hill to the right

.......we arrived at our winter destination around 3:30 pm, and met, for the first time, some of our co-workers......Marcia, Greg, Michele and Terry.  We parked in front of the office so we could walk up to site A3 (our assigned site) to check it out and figure out how we would fit the Newell and trailer into the site.  Within minutes we had decided we would detach the trailer and drive the Newell up to the site and back it in.  After that was done Greg, using his Chevy P.U., hauled the trailer up to our site and backed it in so that it sits in front of the Newell......

                             

.....and the following pictures are taken from the vicinity of our site.......




....it is rare when expectations meet reality, and there is no difference between the two, however, this is exactly what I expected our view to look like.  Our site is up the hill in back of the park office, which you can see in the above picture.....the office is the building on the left.

By the time we finished hooking up our utilities and putting away a few things it was 5 pm, and time for happy hour, after which we walked down to the beach.......




.....or I should say I walked down the steep trail while TLE looked on......😊


.....we are so looking forward to walking this beach every day for the next 6 months!

So, that's it....we have arrived.  I have driven the Newell for the last time for the next 6 months, and now we settle down to enjoy the Central Oregon Coastline.  It does not get much better than this, does it?!

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2 comments:

  1. Nice view from your campsite!

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  2. Great park!! We were at that park in 2018 but only for a couple days. Loved the views and the beach. Enjoy your time there and I look forward to lots of pictures.

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