We've stayed at this park before (Sept. 2014) and this time around enjoyed lovely perimeter site D5. Though the park was full every night and the roads are packed with an almost continuous stream of vehicles and people walking and biking, having a quiet area facing a forested sand dune right behind our rig gave us a bit of a reprieve from the masses surrounding us.
Forested dunes separate the campground from the ocean, so it's just a short walk from camp to the beach. With several miles of trails in the park, both paved and natural, plus a very long lightly used beach, it's easy to spend time in nature without having to drive at all. Bonus: the mosquito's our friends ran into in June were pretty much gone by the time we arrived in August!
|Rosie watches squirrel TV from the RV.|
|Rosie staring down a squirrel behind the RV.|
|Gull working on a difficult meal.|
|Kite surfer taking advantage of breezy evening conditions at South Beach State Park.|
We did do a couple of hikes outside the park, the first being a nice little combination forest and neighborhood hike along Big Creek at the north end of town.
|Pretty Big Creek trail.|
The second being a few miles at the Beaver Creek section of Brian Booth State Park just south of town.
|Beaver Creek has both hiking and paddling trails.|
Ona Beach State Park turned out to be an interesting beach walk when I found shell fossils.
|More shell castings.|
Lincoln City, like the rest of the country along the path of totality, had been preparing for massive eclipse crowds for over a year. We were scheduled to leave Lincoln City on the day of the eclipse but when we got an email from the Oregon State Park system asking us to cancel our reservation on August 21st and to stay off the roads if possible we elected to spend an extra night at Wapiti.
The best hike we did in Lincoln City was Hart's Cove. It's a 5.5 mile out and back that starts out going down, down, down through typical lush coastal forest to a wonderful view from Cascade Head. Of course, what goes down must come back up...so it was a terrific workout with some fantastic coastal views.
|We started the hike all bundled up in a stiff breeze.|
|Some massive old growth trees along Hart's Cove trail!|
|After 2.5 miles of forest we break out onto the headland.|
|We expected to come out onto a meadow...but found ourselves wading through waist high and taller grasses.|
|Our distant view included a couple of arches.|
|Pretty Hart's Cove...|
|even has a small waterfall.|
|Beautiful example of a tree growing on a nurse log.|
|Sometimes when hiking an out-and-back trail I see things on the return that I missed the first time through,|
these bright orange fungus were impossible to miss as we made our way back through the forest.
|Another log was covered in shocking orange shrooms!|
|Walking among giants.|
We had gorgeous sunny days leading up to the eclipse, but the morning of dawned foggy. We anxiously awaited the 9:05am start...and the skies cleared up just in time! Excitement built as everyone in the park watched the show overhead and all around us as the skies darkened and the temperature dropped dramatically. The temperature drop made the fog approach once again...but fortunately not enough to obscure the eclipse! Though my final photo does not do the big event justice, we did get a fantastic view of the corona through our binoculars.
|The sun came out right on time for the eclipse to start and a party atmosphere ramped up |
as the moon began covering the sun.
|Total eclipse via point-and-shoot camera!|
The coast did not receive as many eclipse visitors as they'd hoped and feared...probably due to the high potential for clouds and fog. Leaving Lincoln City on August 22nd we did endure quite a lot of traffic heading north, but that was due to a four car accident blocking the two lane highway. It ended up taking us 4 hours to go 76 miles! But that's all behind us now...