Christie Travels in 2018

The Big Trip to the Oregon Coast 2018


This is the map of our trip.  We stopped first at Deschutes River State Recreation Area.  From there, we went on to Philamoth, Oregon to meet my cousin Art and his wife Marilyn for lunch at Eats and Treats.  Then it was on to South Beach State Park to spend 4 nights.  The next stop was just about at the southern Oregon border at Harris Beach State Park, where we spent 3 nights.  Our camping friends, Mike and Debbie Page, joined us there.  The final stop was at Lakeside Terrace Motel and RV Park.  This was out in the middle of nowhere, but the little park was well maintained and had full hookup.  The next morning, we packed up and headed for home.  Another fine camping trip comes to a close!!


Our second stop along the way was South Beach State Park where we spent 4 nights.

On South Beach, looking across Yaquina bay.

The man-made jetty protecting the coast near South Beach. 

Interesting textures from South Beach State Park trees.  The humidity is high in this area and the forest could almost be called a rain forest.  Mosses grew everywhere!

More textures and strangely shaped trees.  More of the rain forest look.

I can’t resist taking pictures of interesting plants, even though I have taken photos of this plant many times.

This little place with the cute name had a very nice microbrewery and a restaurant.  They had several IPAs on draft and the food favored the Vietnamese style since that was the nationality of the cook. 

We met my second cousin and his wife here at the Yaquina BayBridge.  The bridge was designed by a well-known engineer (Conde B. McCullough who was the state bridge engineer from 1919 to 1935) and is one of many with a similar style in Oregon.

The Bervin name comes from my maternal grandmother’s side of the family and it originated in Borve, Norway.  Cousin Art speaks Norwegian and has been able to do extensive research on Bervin family history, which he gladly shared with us on this trip. 

Art and his wife, Marilyn, are retired educators from Oregon State University at Corvallis, Oregon. 

The Yaquina Bay Bridge is an arch bridge that spans Yaquina Bay south of Newport, Oregon. It is one of the most recognizable of the U.S. Route 101 bridges designed by Conde McCullough. The Yaquina Bay Bridge is one of eleven major bridges on the Oregon Coast Highway designed by McCullough. It superseded the last ferry crossing on the highway. (From Wikipedia)

Interesting surf-sculptured coastline seen from the parking lot of the Tidal Rave Restaurant in Depot Bay, where we had stopped for early dinner with the Bervins.

The Devil’s Punch Bowl, South of Newport.

Art and Marilyn lined us up for a great visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Museum,  This was the closest we got to seeing an actual tide pool.  Sea Life in perfect light is really something to see!!! Besides the cool ea stuff, the museum had a fantastic (! ) presentation on the bridges of Oregon designed by state bridge engineer, Conde McCollough.


The Alsea Bay Bridge is a concrete arch bridge that spans the Alsea Bay on U.S. Route 101 (US 101) near Waldport, Oregon.


This is the micro-camper (24 ft.) we made the trip with.  We also pulled a Nissan Sentra which is partially visible at the front end of the camper.  The awning is out because we hit a tree branch in Bandon, Oregon and were checking to see if anything was damaged.  Minimal damage found!

Coast line near South Beach State Park where we had parked the camper for a 4 night stay.

Most Oregon coastal campgrounds displayed this sign!  There were many families camping, presumably to get a last-chance vacation before the start of school.

More of the coast line near our camp site.

See what I mean about taking many photos of similar plants!? About every collection of camping or travel photos we have have a picture of these same flowers.

Oregon raspberries in various stages of ripeness.

Moss grows everywhere due to the high humidity along this area of the coast.

This is a small island with what appeared to be government buildings and equipment.

This jetty is topped off with special concrete blocks named Dolosse.  These blocks are used extensively for coastline management.

Battery Point Lighthouse near Crescent City, Oregon

More plants and animals near Crescent City

You can make a camper out of most anything, as this photo shows.  We actually met the family who owned this special arrangement and they seemed to be at least as happy as we were.  

This is a very elaborate play area with several castle-like wood structures for kids to play on. 

We drove across the border into California to take a look at the giant redwoods.  These are part of the National and State Parks system.  There are several areas in Northern California that have groves of these Giant Redwoods.  These were not the biggest trees in the park system, but they were convenient to get to.

Mike and Debbie Page, our camping companions.  

Us, dwarfed by a big tree!

Blue Jay!

Here are some examples of Redwood burls found in the park.  Burls are common on a number of varieties of trees but these were really (!) big burls.  There were lots of examples of these very complex growths in the parks we visited.

Redwood tree–appears to be part of the base and root system

Another common sight is ferns and other plants growing out of a rotting redwood.  

Roots of a Redwood tree that fell over.   Redwood resists rotting so a dead tree lasts a very long time after it has fallen over.

This tree split in an interesting fashion!

More cool burls!  They were everywhere in the Redwood groves.

More good examples of redwood roots.  These trees probably were blown down by a wind storm.

Us again!

One nice thing about camping in a huge state park is that you get to see all sorts of examples of how people camp.  This camper was very well made, and very unique!

This area is slightly North of  Harris Beach where we were camped.

Common sign found in all state and national parks.

Oregon Raspberries again.  These were not quite ripe enough to eat.

More Oregon flora!

More of the beach at Harris Beach State Park.  There was lots of beach to enjoy at this park!

Anne is looking for that “special’ sea shell!

Rock covered with barnacles.

Mike and Debbie’s dog, Mattie, the acknowledged queen of Frisbee catching! The beach proved to be a very nice place for Mattie to show off.

Anne and Debbie are looking for sea shells and starfish.

Beach rocks.

Seaweed washed up on the beach.  Check out the root section that the weed uses to cling to ocean rocks.

Anne, the beachcomber!

Have we seen these before–already!

This section of beach was tested and found to be contaminated with animal “leavings,” or similar.  We could go there, but the park rangers cautioned us not to get in the water.  There were quite a number of families with children at this beach and most of them appeared not to have seen this sign or to have been warned.

Typical beach decorations!

Pelican in flight.

Seagulls having a meeting about the situation.

Comatose campers enjoying the sun and cool temperatures!

Seagull feeding frenzy.  Someone had thrown out a piece of bread. 

Seagull on Mike and Debbie’s trailer.

We made it to Crater Lake.  This is a picture of the souvenir shop and restaurant.  The lake is just a short distance away. 

Mike and Debbie at Crater Lake

Alan and Anne at Crater Lake!

Crater Lake, Oregon.  This is an old volcano that is part of a ring of volcanoes stretching around the Northwest.

The sun setting in Christmas Valley RV Park where we spent our last night out.  There was a considerable amount of smoke on the horizon and this is shown by the red color of the sun.

Anne and Debbie as the sun sets down through the smoke.

The sun is barely visible as it gets closer to setting.  Forest fires made this area the smokiest stop on our trip.

You need one more flower shot to close out this blog!  Note that the two are different.  The one on the left resembled a dandelion, but the stem and leaf structure were very different.  Google told me that it is probably Cat’s Ear and the description matched my observations. 

That’s all Folks!