We had heard that we would be getting rain on Tuesday morning. The weatherman was actually right. We did indeed get rain. Luckily, it didn’t last too long. Unfortunately it did rain while we were trying to take down the tent. It just made for a wet and muddy start to the day.
While Scott and Milo were waiting for Monica to finish getting ready for the day, they decided to go to the beach to see sunrise. It was spectacular, so they had to go back and get the camera to take a few pictures.
On our way out of Waldport we stopped by to photograph the Alsea Bay Bridge. It was originally designed by McCullough, but fell into disrepair and was destroyed and rebuilt…although with McCullough’s style in mind.
We had told Milo that we were going to go to an aquarium to see some sharks a few weeks before we left California. He kept asking about when we’d be doing that. We felt that we had to stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, even if it was just for him…which it wasn’t. Scott really wanted to see the puffins and always loves to see jellyfish. We started walking around the aquarium and Milo told us he wanted to see the sharks. Once we finally found them, he was mesmerized. He kept saying, “Dad, look! Way big shark!” He was always careful to point out the biggest sharks. We stayed there for what seemed like an eternity…it was probably only about 10-15 minutes though. Afterward we went and saw the sea lions, starfish, jellyfish and birds. They had some great animals. Scott particularly like the tufted puffins. He was excited to see that we had come at a time when their tufts were in place as they don’t have them year round apparently.
They had a diver cleaning one of the tanks, and Milo insisted on watching her clean the tank. We watched that for a good 15 minutes. Scott and Monica took turns hanging out with Milo. One would go look around while the other would stay with Milo. Crazy kid. We did go back to the shark exhibit, and Milo watched the sharks again. We finally convinced Milo it was time to leave. Some of the exhibits were outside, so we were glad that it wasn’t raining too much anymore. Compared to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium the Oregon Coast Aquarium is smaller, but we liked the way the exhibits were presented at the Oregon Coast Aquarium better. It just seemed like you could see and interact with the animals better.
As we were getting ready to leave, Milo saw another kid getting a penny squished and asked to do it as well. We decided that it would be worth the 50 cents to do it for him. He enjoyed it and we ended up with a penny squished with a shark on it. He kept asking about it for a couple of days. Milo thought it was great!
We continued on to see the Yaquina Bay lighthouse and bridge. The lighthouse is a short one that is inland pretty far. It was only used for about 3 years, because the ships couldn’t see the light. It was at that point that the Yaquina Head lighthouse was built. The Yaquina Bay lighthouse was a house-style lighthouse. It was nice, but we were anxious to see was the taller Yaquina Head lighthouse.
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse was restored earlier this year. It was a beautiful looking lighthouse. We weren’t able to go up the stairs, because they have a height limit for children (42 inches). Milo was just a bit too short, and they won’t let you carry him. As such, we opted to pass going up the stairs this time. We spent a bit of time taking pictures of it and looking around. We also went down to the beach area (which instead of sand, it has black pebbles that make a really cool noise as the water moves over them). We didn’t come at the right time to see any tide pools, but it was fun anyway. Monica thinks that of the lighthouses she’s seen, this one has to be the best looking one. It has some great meadows around it and it looked nice.
We realized that we didn’t have much distance to cover this day, so we added on the Three Capes Loop drive. We realized that we’d have to go on a little bit of a drive to get there. We were trying to get to the Cape Meares lighthouse before it closed. We were unsuccessful in that attempt because Scott literally fell asleep and made a mistake in navigation when Monica woke him up to ask which direction to go. Upon arrival we knew we were too late for the tour, but decided to take the short walk down to the lighthouse anyway. The Cape Meares lighthouse is a short, squatty lighthouse, but it is really beautiful. The tour looks pretty cool, as we saw people were up in the lantern room. We did enjoy seeing it and will have to go back for a tour.
Scott had read some very good things about Cape Kiwanda, so we decided that we’d stop. It ended up being a really boring and not very exciting tourist beach. Scott was quite disappointed.
We camped this night at Beverly Beach. We had to take a little drive to go see the beach (we could have easily walked 15 minutes, but we are lazy), but it was definitely worth it and a lot of fun. They fog was gone and so we had a pretty good sunset. We had to leave a little early because Milo had ran out to see Scott (we were sitting quite a way inland from the waves), and on the way back Milo fell in a huge ocean puddle. He was wet and cold. We left and got him changed.
Since we had spent all summer in our Chacos and had some great Chaco tan lines, we decided to take a picture.
We did make the mistake of telling him the next day we were going to get ice cream and in the middle of the night we heard him cry out for ice cream. It was hilarious.