The Oregon Coast Change Of Plans And A Cancelled Whale Watching Tour!
One of the luxuries of travel as a retired person is the ability to change plans. Our original plan was to spend the entire week in the town of Florence on the Oregon Coast. After the 4th night of almost no sleep for me thanks to the worst bed EVER, we changed plans. We headed further north following Highway 101 along the coastline. A whale watching tour was something neither of us had done so we headed to Depoe Bay and Lincoln City, OR.
First Stop? Newport Oregon
Traveling north we stopped briefly in the small town of Newport, Oregon. The historic Bayfront harbor at Newport is not only a popular tourist attraction but also the home of one of Oregon’s largest fishing fleets. My two favorite spots in Newport are the Historic Bayfront Harbor and Historic Nye Beach. If you’re in the Newport area be sure to take the time to check out these two locations. Both are fun places to explore, people watch and shop! Something new to see there with each visit.
Next Up? Lincoln City Oregon
We headed to Lincoln City, OR where we planned to spend the last few days of our time in Oregon. Just a short drive to Depoe Bay where we were signed up to take a whale watching tour with Tradewind Charters on Sunday. Our reservations were made for 11 a.m. because we were warned, while making the reservations, that the wind often picks up later in the day to the point that the tours are cancelled.
Sunday morning dawned sunny and WINDY! Very very windy! Sure enough, as we were having our coffee we received a call from Tradewind Charters. The captain had cancelled all whale watching tours for the day due to the extreme windy conditions. Darn!
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What To Do When Your Whale Watching Tour Is Cancelled?
So what do you do in Lincoln City, OR on a Sunday when your whale watching tour gets cancelled? You go to the Farmer’s Market. May 7 to October 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lincoln City has their weekly farmer’s market. Let me tell you, this town knows how to do a Farmer’s Market!! Not only do they have a good variety of hand made, home made, home grown items, they have a great assortment of fruits and vegetables!
These People Know How To Do Farmer’s Markets!!
And they have bathrooms! Not those nasty porta-potty things that seem to be the option at most farmer markets (if they have any bathroom options at all). No, they have indoor bathrooms! Clean and well stocked! Soap! Toilet Paper! Seat Protectors! Paper Towels! Wow! Just my personal opinion but I think people are apt to stay longer and shop more if they have access to clean bathroom facilities.
The market is held each week outside the Lincoln City Cultural Center. An art gallery featuring the work of local artists, bathrooms, an information booth and a gift center are all accessible inside the Center.
One local artist displaying his work at the Farmer’s Market was Bob Roemer of Gearhead’s Art (shown below). Bob can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/gearheadartist/ or by email at email@example.com if you are interested in seeing more of his work or making a purchase.
After the Farmer’s Market we checked out a few rentals for possible future beach trips before going to dinner. The popularity of beach towns (especially in the summer) is evidenced by the bumper to bumper traffic through town each day and by the amount of new construction going on. Many neighborhoods, like the one below, cater primarily to the short term rental market.
The Wind Meant Outdoor Eating Wasn’t An Option!
With a wind strong enough that The Husband said, “when there are whitecaps on the slough you know it’s a windy day,” dinner indoors sounded good. Kyllo’s Seafood and Grill sits on the beach where the “D” River runs into the Pacific Ocean. Billed as the world’s shortest river (a disputable fact now that Guinness Book of World Records has stopped recording which river is the shortest), we had a view of river, ocean and beach from our dinner table at Kyllo’s. The service was quick even though they were very busy and the food definitely lived up to the reviews we had read.
We’ll be back to Kyllo’s on a future trip. Give them a try if you are in the area. Your tummy will thank you. Oh, and I tried my first Tamarind Margarita (blended). What is Tamarind you ask? Apparently I wasn’t the only one asking. I googled it and found this article explaining it from the HuffPost. Surprisingly, it makes a great margarita!
Our Last Week of “Homeless”
Today starts the last full week of July which, for The Husband and I, means we’re getting close to losing our “homeless” status. I love travel but I’m over the top excited about moving into Little House in the very near future.
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