One of the things we always did on our summer family visits to Oregon was head to the coast for a couple nights. This gave Mom and DAd a little break from us and all the commotion for a couple days and we got to enjoy one of Oregon's treasures. We usually ended up around Lincoln City---about 45 minutes away from our base of Dallas, Oregon, where my family lived.
This year we stayed at Ocean Terrace Condos. They aren't fancy, but the views are pretty spectacular.
We always enjoyed wandering around the beach there, too.
Some star fish around the tide pools.
More of the beautiful Oregon coast by Ocean Terrace Condos.
After dining, the "kids" wanted to try crabbing. There are piers behind Rogue and also on the other side of Newport Bay. We were able to rent crab traps and buy bait from a nearby store.
On the way back north, we like to stop at Boiler Bay. It's a great place to watch for whales.
Boiler Bay was named after the vessel J. Marhoffer which ran aground in the small bay—then known as Brigg's Landing—on May 18, 1910. The remains of the vessel were left in the bay, including her engine boiler. Today, the boiler can still be seen at extreme low tides.
Wild Foxglove growing in the park.
Riding back through the Willamette Valley.
We usually rent a row boat and spend a couple hours on the lake.
With water so clear, you can see all the way to the bottom of the lake in many areas.
They regularly stock the lake with trout so fishing can be pretty profitable.
A short distance from Clear Lake is Sahalie Falls. It's only a 100 yard walk from the parking lot to the railed viewpoint of the falls.
This area also has one of the many scenic drives of Oregon. The highway is part of the McKenzie-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway. Along the highway is Dee Wright Observatory. It is an observation structure at the summit of McKenzie Pass, about 5,325' high. The structure is an open shelter constructed with lava stone, located in the midst of a large lava flow, and offers an exceptional view of numerous Cascade peaks. The viewing windows are cut to specifically highlight the neighboring mountains. The observatory was built during the Great Depression by a Civilian Conservation Corps crew at Camp Belknap near Clear Lake. It was completed in 1935, and named for the construction crew’s foreman.
This wheel points the the many mountains seen from the observatory.
Even got to watch my old 2 room grade school being moved to a nearby church.
For 25 years we always went to Oregon for our big vacation. This ended up being the last of our regular 2 week vacations to Oregon in the summer. It was hard living so far away from my Mom and Dad, especially since they weren't able to travel out to see us. Even though these were mostly vacations to visit family, I loved every trip and look forward to going again.