~South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon~

From our coach to the beach is only a short .25 mile walk. Every morning and evening we had our pick of  trails to hike. Some would take us to the beach, some to South Jetty, and some through the heavily wooded forest.

A short sandy trail to the ocean once you leave the paved trail.

A short sandy trail to the ocean once you leave the paved trail.

South Jetty in the distance

South Jetty in the distance

South Beach (entry from South Jetty).

South Beach (entry from South Jetty). Lots of horseback riders use this trail to ride on the beach.

The forest is filled with Sitka Pines, Huckleberry and Twin Berry bushes and numerous other species of plants. We enjoyed hiking all the many trails, but the heavily forested ones, following the ridge line high above the ocean and the campground, were our favorite. We didn’t bring our bikes on this trip and have been wishing we would have, because the park offers miles of paved biking trails.

Beautiful old growth trees!

Beautiful old growth trees!

The ocean never seems to tire of sending its cool breeze inland and with it cool temperatures. It has rarely been above 70 during the day, dipping down into the 50’s at night. With gorgeous sunny days, except for occasional clouds that seem to float in and out, we have enjoyed our visit in Newport, Oregon.

Fog rolling in this morning

Fog rolling in this morning

South Beach State Park is probably the largest state park we have ever stayed in with 225 electrical and water sites, 60 tent sites and 27 Yurts. For us it is a tad too big. If you plan a visit to South Beach State Park book your reservations early, because it is a very popular park and full most of the time.

At least it was colorful!

Sharing a trail. At least it was colorful!

Watching the waves!

Watching the waves!

 

A different view of the Yaquinta Bay Bridge

A different view of the Yaquinta Bay Bridge

South Beach is a beautiful state park, extremely well taken care of, as are all Oregon state parks, with lots to do in the surrounding area.

A visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center with my science guy!

A visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center with my science guy!

 

A fun place to visit!

A fun place to visit!

 

My Science Guy

My Science Guy

In the morning we say goodbye to South Beach State Park and head north on Hwy 101.

 

 

~Yaquina Bay – Newport, Oregon~

Yaquina Bay and Bayfront

 Newport, Oregon

 

Yaquinta Bay Bridge (famous arch bridge just south of Newport, OR)

Yaquinta Bay Bridge (famous arch bridge just south of Newport, OR)

Fishing Vessel followed by Coast Guard boat

Fishing vessel followed by Coast Guard boat coming into the Bay from the ocean

Yaquinta Bay

Yaquinta Bay

Bayfront, Newport, Oregon

Colorful boats docked at the Bayfront

Bayfront, Newport, Oregon

The historic Bayfront. Largest commercial frishing port in Oregon.

Bayfront, Newport, Oregon

Bayfront, Newport, Oregon

On the Bay in Newport, Oregon

Fishing Boats docked at the historic Bayfront. Largest commercial frishing port in Oregon.

 

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Howard and Sheila with Yaquina Bay Bridge in the background

Howard and Sheila with Yaquina Bay Bridge in the background

Fish (Cod) Tacos, Howard had fried Shrimp (he asked if they would fry them!

I had Fish (Halibut) Tacos, Howard had fried Shrimp (he asked if they would fry them! ) Thank goodness these fishing boats go out everyday!

 

 

 

~First there was one, then there were 64,000~

Yaquina Head Natural Area

 

During the summer 65,000, of the birds listed below, claim Yaquina Head Natural Area as home. They spend the spring and summer breeding, nesting and raising their chicks on these bluffs.

`Common Murre

`Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants

`Pigeon Guillemots

`Western and Glaucous-winged Gulls

I have never seen so many Murres before our visit to Yaquina Head Natural Area. My photo of the single Common Murre was taken at the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay while on a hike from South Beach State Park.

First there was one.....

First there was one…..

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Then there were thousands….

One of the Islands

One of the Islands covered with nesting birds

Common Murre Kites

Common Murre Kites

"Make room"

“Make room”

Sees me taking her photo

Sees me taking a photo

Decides to show off a little

Decides to show off a little

Goes all out for the visiting lady from Colorado

Goes all out for the visiting lady from Colorado

Brandt's Cormorant

Brandt’s Cormorant

Feeding Babies

Feeding Babies

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I think this gull wants to be feed

Love

Love

 

~Today’s Photos – July 26, 2014~

`Newport, Oregon

`South Beach State Park

`Arrived July 23, 2014

 

Today we visited…. 

Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Natural Area

Yaquina Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Offshore Islands at Yaquina

Offshore Islands at Yaquina Head Natural Area

Yaquina Head Natural Area

Yaquina Head Natural Area

Copple Beach

Copple Beach

Having a ball!

Having a ball!

Howard at Yaquina Lighthouse

Howard at Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Natural Area

Colors of Summer

Seal Rock (in the distance)

Seal Rock (in the distance)

"Tomorrow she will show you some of Yaquina Head Natural Area!"

“Tomorrow she will show you some of my friends here at Yaquina Head Natural Area!”

~A face of stone smiles from within~

 

A face of stone smiles from within,

just off shore for everyone to gaze upon,

when looking out to sea in this harsh climate,

her warmth reaches out in a loving caress.

 

She greets the rising sun and accepts her daily task,

to protect the creatures that seek refuge within her embrace,

she kisses the moon as the tides swell around her,

and wishes upon the stars that peace will come again tomorrow.

 

Face Rock

Face Rock – Bandon, Oregon

Face Rock

Face Rock

Tides, the Rhythm of Life

Tides, the Rhythm of Life

 

Playing in the surf

Playing in the surf

 

Ocean Hillside

Ocean Hillside

 

Shoreline by Coquille Lighthouse

Shoreline by Coquille Lighthouse

 

Bandon, Oregon

Bandon, Oregon

 

We enjoyed our nine days at Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon, Oregon (July 7-15)! We walked the mile and a quarter from our RV to the ocean everyday. We enjoyed searching for and eating at some of the local eateries, especially the Face Rock Creamery. Their cheese and curds are delicious and the ice cream they serve, from a local dairy, is wonderful! The best Fish and Chips can be had at the Bandon Fish Market.

Day trips in and around Bandon and birding in the area topped off our visit. I added five new birds to my life list. A visit from friends, traveling in their RV, spent a few days with us, which was truly a highlight of our time at – Bandon by the Sea!

 

Until next time…….

~Shooting Macro – Photos from the Oregon Coast~

 

Sharing with Macro Monday 2

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Banana Slug

Banana Slug

Photo taken this morning while hiking in William M. Tugman State Park

 

Barnacles on a Log

Barnacles on a Log

Photo was taken while walking on the beach at Bullards Beach State Park

 

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I have seen these blooming shrubs at Bullards and Tugman.

 

Stellar Feather

Stellar Feather

Photo taken this morning while hiking in William M. Tugman State Park.

I looked down and saw this feather; I think it is a Stellar Jay Feather

 

Beetles? The wind was blowing!!

Beetles? The wind was blowing!!

Photo taken at the Dean’s Creek, Roosevelt Elk viewing area near Reedsport, Oregon

 

A Dining Ant

A Dining Ant

 

Photo taken yesterday, while hiking around Hall Lake across 101 from Tugman State Park