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State Parks and Lighthouses, Day 36

2011.05.12
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Umpqua River Lighthouse, 6 miles south of Reedsport, Oregon above the entrance to Winchester Bay and adjacent to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. The light in the tower is a First Order Fresnel...the biggest light made and we got to poke our heads inside of it while in operation!
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South Jetty on the left and North Jetty on the right used to assist the entry of ships into the Umpqua River and Winchester Bay. My view point is right in front of the lighthouse about 165' above sea level.
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Docks for fishing and pleasure boats on Winchester Bay.
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The restaurant where we celebrated Tara's birthday with a great seafood meal. We began with Merlot. Tara had Calamari followed by swordfish. I began with a pound of clams followed by the Captain's Platter...had about everything on the menu:)
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Our camping space in Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. Just behind us and down a steep embankment is Lake Maria, cutoff from the ocean by huge sand dunes...which we will explore tomorrow.
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The lighthouse at night. As mentioned above, it has a First Order Fresnel lens...the biggest made! The signal for the Umpqua light is alternating white and red flashes. Sorry folks, but this is a very inadequate image...in person, with the naked eye, you can see all the circulating white and red beams as they shine out to sea as well as the beams shinning on the trees behind the lighthouse.
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A view of a wee bit of the 47 miles worth of dunes that we plan to explore tomorrow.
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Day 36, Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

We departed Bullards Beach State Park this morning and drove 44 miles north to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.

Total trip mileage is now 3084.

You will see as you follow us up the coast of Oregon that we are keying on the numerous lighthouses accessable to us as we travel north on Route 101. We have a brochure from the Oregon State Parks Department that shows nine lighthouses from south to north. We've been to the Cape Blanco, Coquille River and now Umpqua River Lighthouses. We skipped Cape Arago Lighthouse because it is not open to the public. There are five more to go...will we visit them all? Time will tell:)

Today was Tara's birthday. She had the day off yesterday (but still did the navigation and helped unhook the car in the rain when we got to Umpqua River State Park). We celebrated her birthday with dinner at Griff's...one very fine seafood restaurant in the small neighboring town of Winchester.

Everything continues to go very, very well. As you can tell, we even have a solid 3G internet connection here in the state park...something we did not expect at all.

Thanks for stopping by,
Cheers,
Bill
2 Comments
junge1 Happy Birthday Tara. That sea food sounds delicious. Thats one thing I miss here in AZ - good sea food. weather looks soso!
junge1 · 2011-05-14: 18:00
neiwil Tara had Calamari followed by swordfish.....what! a whole one..sounds like a grand day.When I first saw Griffs I thought of that place in San Fransisco....don't know why, maybe because it's the only one I know...Love the reflection shot on the bay.The campsite shot fooled me, I thought you'd downsized and were now towing the RV behind the car.The night image of the lighthouse is great with the treeline just visible.Another excellent days travels.....take care.
neiwil · 2011-05-14: 18:12
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