March 23-28, 2021
We are back on the Oregon Coast, this time without our trailer. My Mom has been wanting to see the ocean for a while, so we broke her out of the assisted living facility in Colfax, WA where she lives, for a few days near Newport, OR.
It was a long day and we were all pretty tired when we got here. We stopped in Newport for a few minutes at Nye Beach and grabbed some dinner before heading to our cabin. Mom enjoyed her fish & chips at the Chowder Bowl.
Part of our Thousand Trails membership is the use of a cabin at one of the TT parks for a week each year. The Whaler’s Rest Resort just south of Newport has cottages that fit the bill for bringing my mom with us. The cottage was adequate with a private bedroom with a queen bed and a second bedroom with single bunks. Open living room featuring a kitchenette table and four chairs. Full size hide-a-bed in living room. Bathroom with tub/shower. The living room had a couch (hide a bed) ,TV, and DVD. The kitchenette was stocked with the basic necessities, including microwave, refrigerator and coffee makes as well as dishes and pots & pans.
Well spring is always interesting at the Oregon Coast. Our fist day was quite rainy and windy, pretty much a winter storm. We drove down the Coast and stopped for views of the ocean at turnoffs along the way, then headed into Newport to pick up a few items and grab some dinner. We opted for burgers at the Rogue brewery which really hit the spot for all of us.
The second day was a crap shoot with the weather, varying between sun breaks that would last a few minutes to downpoors which would last about as long. Way too unpredictable for beach excursions. We hung around the cabin most of the morning, just reading and just chilling. By early afternoon the day was looking better so we headed North to see some more ocean. We spet some time at Depoe Bay watching the waves. With the erratic weather, the waves are quite large this week. We drove on to Lincoln City and had pizza at Galucci’s, an old favorite.
The weather was improving on our third day. Liz and I went for a walkabout in the morning and then we waited for the afternoon sun breaks to get Mom out to see the ocean. We drove to Yachats and found a great spot to view some wave actin on the rocks. We stopped at a the glass blowing shop in Seal Rock where we visited when we were here in October. There was a sea lion lying on a rock and after he left we pondered on how he got out of the tiny cove he was in.
Saturday was beautiful and sunny. We took Mom to Nye Beach and walked along the surf on the beach. While it was quite windy, it was a really nice day. Seeing the kites brought back a lot of memories of vacationing on the Oregon Coast all those years with Mom. This was a great way to wrap up our trip!
We all had a great time, and it was great to see Mom enjoy the ocean! We felt fortunate to have some nice days considering it was March. The windy days created some pretty amazing surf and made us wonder what it would be like to see the winter storms that the area is famous for.
the drive home was pretty interesting. We experienced some very strong and gusty winds resulting in tumbleweed storms and some pretty intense dust storms between Tri-Cities and Colfax, where my Mom lives. The tumbleweeds were pretty entertaining. Huge accumulations of tumbleweeds would blow down the highway and across the open land looking like a herd of animals of some sort.
We really enjoyed having this time with Mom and seeing her enjoy her visit to the ocean so much!