My Oregon Coast Experience

Posted by Lynn / August 24, 2008

Heceta Head LighthouseHaceta Head Lighthouse

I cannot recall exactly when I became besotted with lighthouses, but it must have been at a very early age. After a childhood in Penzance, England, home to a majestic lighthouse, I finally visited the Oregon Coast on vacation many years later. It was in the Astoria Visitor Center that I told a staff person, Barbara Roberts, about my desire to visit the lighthouses along the beautiful Oregon coastline. Without hesitation she brought me all the appropriate information I would need, and gave me a brief synopsis of the best route to take.

Our vacation turned out to be a wonderful experience. We visited most of the accessible lighthouses on the Oregon Coast: Cape Meares with its sea lion inhabitants and Yaquina Head with its 93 foot tower. We went on to Yaquina Bay, Heceta Head, and Oregon’s first, the Umpqua River. Then down to the Coquille and finally, my personal favorite, Cape Blanco.

With my soul nourished and my childhood memories re-kindled we slowly made our way back home.

Today I recommend this road trip to all I meet, and also to anyone who may read these words. If anyone does act upon my recommendation please visit the Astoria Visitor Center to start your trip.

Lynn Yuma, AZ

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