It’s hard to believe, but yep, our vacation is nearing the end. Tomorrow when we wake up, it will be time to pack, load the car and head north to get home! It has been a great week here at the ocean, and today was no different!
Our plan today was to head into Newport for the aquarium and then the Lighthouses. I will fully admit, this was a day for me, and I truly appreciate Michelle indulging me. I am a science geek from way back, so I love the aquarium, and to me, there is just something special about going to a light house.
It was a sleep in morning, with healthy breakfasts in the room. We are both talking about how we will have to eat better when we get home, but for now, screw it, we are on vacation! After breakfast we were off to Newport!
The aquarium there is run by Oregon State University. It is not huge, but it is a research and science institution. This means that the animals are kept in habitats that match what they have in nature (easy since the ocean is about 100 feet away from the facility). I think good aquariums and zoos are the best things that could happen to kids, they get excited beyond belief when there are there. I often wonder how many kids become biology majors after visiting one or the other.
We walked all over the aquarium and the neighboring science center and this is just a bit of what we saw:
And a crab that I am SURE was female!
Afterwards it was lunch time. As I have said, there are plenty of places to eat on the coast, especially in Newport. However, if you want a beer with with your meal
There is really only one place to go Rogue Ales!
Folks, I have been drinking beer since the WSU days. There are many different types that I like. But I will tell you right now, given the choice of ANY beer, I would choose the Brutal Bitter from Rogue!
Combined with their bacon burger and fries, it was FABULOUS! I considered saying “Screw the rest of the day!” and indulging myself, but there was stuff to see! Michelle had the Rogue Farms 7 hops IPA, and I thought she was going to cry from the goodness (combined with the seafood cakes!)
I thought about taking the train home
But somehow I thought I’d get in trouble! Besides, Michelle and I applied to join the Rogue nation, and stealing their train would probably be a bad thing!
We left and headed for the light houses. We stopped just long enough for a picture of the Yaquina (ya KWIN a) Bay light house first. The first lighthouse built on the coast for ships,
My favorite though, is the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
It is also home to a large bird breeding area.
I saw something today I had never seen before. While we were looking at the birds, a young bald eagle swooped in and scattered them. He then circled back and grabbed a fledgling common murre. It was sad for the baby bird, but its a food chain thing. It was also amazing to see for this science geek blogger friend of yours.
The best part though is cobble beach. It’s a beach made up of round, smooth basaltic rock. These are separate rocks formed eons ago when the lava flow hit the ocean, and then worn smooth by the waves
Normally I get down there at low tide and check out the tide pools, this time it was high tide. There were seals playing in the surf and crashing waves on the rocks. It is hard to get a picture of the spray, but check out this one!
No way did I plan to get the bird in it, but WOW! I decided not to climb the lighthouse this time, done it many times, but it was a fun trip anyway! We even learned that a resident peregrine falcon had laid an egg. Yes boys and girls, the coast is the naturalists dream!
We left the lighthouse area, and stopped by the Flying Dutchman for a bottle of yummy red, and then headed back to the hotel. We are lucky, the pot smoking neighbors have left us, so we have the deck to ourselves.
We decided to go upstairs for a “snack” in the bar. We had one helluva view of the water
The snack turned out to be an oh my gawd good french dip sandwich.
Now, sipping wine, listening to the waves, it was a perfect last day at the beach.
Thanks for coming along with Plan C and our relaxing perfect week!