John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

"D" River

Mouth of the River

Upstream

Lincoln Beach

Lincoln Beach

Sand Flea - It's Wildlife!

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

World's Smallest Harbor

Heading Out To Sea

Watching

Grey Whale

Grey Whale

Close To Us

Close To Shore

Pigeon Guillemot?

View From The Restaurant

View From The Restaurant

View From The Restaurant

Boiler Bay

Boiler Bay

Boiler Bay

Boiler Bay

Today's Seagull

At the Park

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Lincoln City Forecast: Partly Cloudy and no chance of rain. Our destination for the day is Depoe Bay to the south.

First, we explore Lincoln City. We find Chinook Winds Casino. We are not planning to gamble. John recognizes the name. John watches Pool Tournaments on TV. They are played here. Who knew?

As we head through town, I have a Blue Whale moment. There it is! “D” River is the world’s shortest river. Our campground is near Devil’s Lake. The river flows from the lake to the ocean.

I put my water shoes on. It is time to get my feet wet. I walk to the mouth of the river. It is not quite the same as seeing the mouth of the Columbia. We walk the beach for a while. John finds some driftwood and I find a rock.

Lincoln City is larger than I thought. It has all the box stores and outlets. We find the older section of town with the glass blowing shops. We will check these out another day.

Depoe Bay is only fifteen minutes to the south. Upon our arrival, we find the world’s smallest harbor. We ask about whale watching. We can wait around until 12:30 for the large enclosed boat or take a zodiac now. We opt for the zodiac.

As we leave the harbor, I think I see a whale. I am hesitant to say anything. I do not want to seem over anxious. Fortunately, the captain is paying attention. It is a whale.

The resident whales have not arrived in the area. That does not quite make sense. Are they on vacation? We have found a migrating grey whale.

We are told that the whales stay close to the shore. We follow this whale as it heads north. It is a great whale to follow. It keeps surfacing and occasionally shows its tail.

After about forty-five minutes, we are ready to return to the dock. It is raining.

We head to Tidal Waves for lunch. The food is great and it has a wonderful view. This is an Oregon vacation day!

On the way back to camp, we stop at Boiler Bay. In spite of the light rain, it is a photo opportunity.

Back at the park, we open our computers. The heat is on. The lights are on. It is raining. It is still a great day in Oregon!

Campground: Lincoln City KOA

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