Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Hello from Eugene, Oregon!

Start time: 0700

Start odometer: 24007

Weather: Mostly clear skies, with a beautiful sunrise!  Temperature 33 degrees F.



The weather today was very cooperative.  While some fog partially lingered, the sky was mostly clear the majority of the day, and the sunrise was beautiful!  Most of the day was spent traveling along the coast, seeing many of the seaside resort towns.  Many spectacular views are available enroute.  Later in the afternoon, I turned east in Florence, heading towards the central part of the state.  The sun was setting, so I stopped in Eugene.  Two rivers, trains, and Interstate Highway 5 meet here, and tourism is supported here.


Yesterday, when I left the Air Museum, it was getting dark.  Since it was on the way, I decided to stop by for some exterior pictures.  I also wanted to see the second blimp hangar that used to be there, but burned down in the early 1990s.  Now, only one blimp hangar remains at this site.  In the United States, only seven of these hangars remain. 

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The entrance sign on Route 101 to the Tillamook Air Museum.

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I wanted to offer two more pictures of this unusual aircraft.

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Note the location of the cockpit

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The remains of the second hangar that burned in the early 1990s.

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These held the large sliding doors at the opening of the hangar.

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The framework of the burned hangar.

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A parting shot of the museum.  As I said, HUGE letters!

After stopping at a nearby state park for a short hike to a waterfall, I headed south on Route 101.  This guided me through many quaint and interesting towns along the coast, as well as several lighthouses.

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The town of Pacific City, Oregon.

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Another view of the coast south of Pacific City.

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From a park south of Pacific City.

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At the park, water thrown into the air by the surf would create a small rainbow.

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Another view of the pacific coast.

I stopped at the Yaquina Head Natural Outstanding Area, the Bureau of Land Management area that is the location of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  Tours of the lighthouse are available, and there are several trails to explore.

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The visitor center for Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

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From an overlook approaching the lighthouse.

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The Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Oregon.

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The lamp turns on for two seconds, off for two seconds, on for two seconds, then off for fourteen seconds, and repeats.

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Close up view of the lights.

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From the top of the lighthouse.

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Dick was our tour guide.  He had some great stories to tell, as he had been in this area for many years.

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From the base of the light, the backup strobe can be seen near the top.

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The hill east of the lighthouse was used to build Route 101.

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I hiked up a hill next to the lighthouse for some great views.  A view of a quarry, the parking lot for the visitor center in the lower right.

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The lighthouse, parking area, and cliffs from the trail.

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Another view looking west from the hilltop.

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From the same hill, this is the view to the north.

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Plants along the trail.

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In 1992, it was decided to try and set up a quarry as a tidal pool.

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Another view of the tidal pool.

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Trails are constructed throughout the tidal pool area.  It was three hours prior to high tide, and some of the trail can be seen underwater.

I continued driving along the coast and visiting some of the resort towns.  In Florence Oregon, I turned east on Oregon Route 126.  It was a nice drive, and many trees were exhibiting beautiful fall colors, though it was past peak for most.

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Heceta Lighthouse

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From the same viewpoint, looking south.

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Looking south from Florence, Oregon, as I prepare to turn inland for a while.

In the morning, I hope to drive to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, and looking at the map, some interesting roads should lead me there.  I will then turn south and head towards Crater Lake National Park.  Thank you for stopping by the page!


Routes traveled today: US 101 - Oregon 126

Lodging: Classic Residence Inn - 110733.jpg (30541 bytes)

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