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Up the Road

Newport, Oregon: We had to leave the marina campground today (full-up) and had reservations up the road, so we had a great walk this morning along the jetty and on the bike path trails in South Beach State Park before checking-out. This is why we love to camp at the Newport Marina (don't forget the Rogue Brew Pub is across the parking lot) - there are miles of walking/hiking/biking paths outside the door.

If you are driving on the 101 in Oregon south of Newport, you are aware there is a lot of construction around the bridge. At this time the iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge is being pressure-washed. Sections are completely encased in scaffolding and wrapped so that nothing is spilled into the sea below.

This view is from the parking lot of The Rogue Brew Pub parking lot. The job is sectioned-off from arch-to-arch. Fascinating. Very very very noisy! All debris is sucked-out and - goodness - I have no idea where it is taken.

Back side of above photo, looking east from the jetty. After the sections are pressure washed, it looks like the concrete is sealed with some sort of paint... or maybe a sealant that looks like paint... in a "cement" shade? Hey, I am a travel and food blogger, so do not know. I will ask my engineer readers (Chris?) to chip-in here as to what happens when an 85 year old bridge needs a face lift? (Please comment below.)

Photo of a cleaned and painted section of the bridge, with pretty rose hips I saw on our walk today:

After we crossed under the bridge, our route continued down to the end of the jetty where it joins the South Beach State Park trail system. We followed this path to a scenic overlook - with a super-low tide.

After walking over two miles, we reversed our route and returned to our motorhome. Here is a vista of the bridge from the jetty - easy to see the bridge, covered scaffolding, and My Driver. If you look carefully to the left, the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is the white blip.

There is a new - to us - mural painted on a building in the Rogue Brewery complex. Painted in 2019 by a local artist, this mural depicts life along Newport Bay. So much going on. Not only the local fishing and tourist and brewerist industries, but the Hatfield Marine Science Center, NOAA, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Here is a pano-photo and then a close-up:

The halibut fisher is wearing a "Shut Up and Fish" tee shirt.

After our walk, we showered and packed-up to reach our next destination - 15 miles north on 101 to the Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort. This resort is shore-side and, like the Motorcoach Country Club in Indio is relegated to motorcoaches/Class A units exclusively... unless you have a C-Class, which we saw here as well. Considering we left the marina at noon and arrived here at 12:30p... and they let us check-in, I guess we are having a good day. Our reserved site was a bit of a bother to maneuver, but My Driver did wedge our 45-foot bus into the campsite. (I was waiting for fellow campers to emerge from their RVs clapping at his brilliance... but alas... no one seems to be here. Lots of motorcoaches, but no campers. Ghost town?

We had the left-over fish & chips from dinner last evening for our lunch. (I gave Dave all the chips and I took all the tartar sauce. Fair.) Then we decided to drive to Depoe Bay to buy a box of Ainslee Salt Water Taffy for Mary B. (She has been doing us a lot of favors lately, and she loves their taffy.) As we approached the super-teeny-weeny-two-block-long town, we noticed there were huge crowds/lines everywhere, few masks, and no parking at all. It did not seem like a good idea to join this situation. Sorry, Mary.


Instead, we returned to our RV via the scenic by-way with few people and lots of social-distancing. Social distancing, because no one was on the scenic route but us. Apparently everyone was in Depoe Bay buying taffy.

Tonight was Mexican Night in our RV: Alder Smoked Albacore "Guacamole" dip as our appetizer, and a half-ish recipe of my Mother-in-Law's famous chile rellanos casserole for our entrée (tonight: no flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup half+half, two 7 ounce cans of whole chiles, one cup shredded cheese, lots of salsa on top - in a 5x8 gratin dish). Watermelon was our salad.

Great meal!

Tomorrow, we golf!

Until my next update, I remain, your coastal correspondent.

RV PARK: Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort - We have a full hook-up 50 amp site and this resort has everything, including indoor and outdoor pools and beach access. We are paying $120 per night.

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