This blog will record some of the trips we make throughout Oregon and other places.
We enjoy wandering off the beaten path whenever possible. Come wander with us!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Oregon Coast ~ December 13-16, 2009

We made a 'long weekend' trip to the Charleston area, with side trips as far north as Gardiner and as far south as Bandon.  We had good weather and bad weather, but we had a great time!

Santiam Pass
McKenzie Highway
Welcome Home, Nathan!
Umpqua River - Highway 38
Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area
David Dewett Veteran's Memorial
Conde B McCullough Bridge, Coos Bay
Charleston, Oregon
Campbell's Vacation Apartments
Shore Acres State Park
Shore Acres Christmas Lights
Charleston Harbor, December 14
Umpqua Lighthouse and the Umpqua River
Winchester Bay
Gardiner Cemetery

Reedsport and the Discovery Center

Cargo Ship in Coos Bay
Cape Arago Lighthouse
Bastendorf Beach
Sunset Bay
Cape Arago State Park
Coquille River Lighthouse
Christmas Trains and Villages ~ The Charleston Fire Department
 Last Morning in Charleston and the Seafarers Memorial

    Final Thoughts on Our Trip

    We made some fairly bad choices on some of our restaurant adventures - found most restaurants closed on the nights we were in town and had a fire prevent us from eating in one highly recommended restaurant, The Portside, in Charleston.  Fortunately, we were directed by the owner of The Portside to the Hilltop House. (see the map below) Hilltop House Restaurant & Lounge, 93405 Willsey Lane, North Bend, Cuisine: pacific northwest, steakhouse, seafood • 541-756-416.  It sits on the north side of the McCullough Bridge and has a magnificent view of the bay. 

    We stopped at the local cannery outlet and purchased some gift packs.  I wish we had gotten a take out shellfish dinner for ourselves while we were there instead of our restaurant choices --- next time!

    I had some difficulty with my new camera on the first day and managed to delete a days worth of pictures of the Umpqua River, which was very disappointing.

    I can't say enough about how magnificent Campbell's was to stay at!  Since we don't like the "hotel experience" and like quiet and privacy and a view, we could not have been more pleased.

    Traveling in winter has its own joys and problems.  For the most part the trade off in weather is made up for by the lack of crowds.  After all, you just dress warm and know that water won't cause you to melt.  Our last day was marred by heavy winds that were harder to work around.

    All in all, it was a wonderful trip!

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