The Oregon coast is well known for lighthouses that protected ships from the rough waters and rocky shores. Many of the lighthouses now sit on land that is part of state parks. We made several stops to see them while on our Oregon coast road trip. The first lighthouse that we visited was at the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. On the walk to the lighthouse we had to stop to admire the great view. It didn’t hurt either that it was a sunny gorgeous day.
We then made our way down the path to the Cape Meares Lighthouse. It is the shortest lighthouse on the coast, but it is still worth stopping at the park to see it.
After leaving the lighthouse and heading south there were some great views along the coast. We stopped and pulled over at this spot to take in the views and snap a few pics.
The next lighthouse that we stopped at was the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the tallest on the coast at 93 feet tall. We were able to go on a short tour and learn about the history of the lighthouse which was really interesting. Lighthouse keepers and their families lead rather solitary, lonely lives. They had a huge responsibility to keep ships and people safe, but the location of lighthouses meant that they were forced to live a significant distance from other people and towns.
We were able to walk down to the shore at the Yaquina Lighthouse and spotted some great sea life in the tide pools. We were so excited when we saw our first starfish! Soon we realized that with a little searching we could spot starfish and anemones in most of the tide pools. I had always thought that starfish (or sea stars as they are now called) were a tropical fish, but apparently there are varieties that like the cold Pacific Ocean waters.
Unfortunately, our time on the Oregon coast was almost up for this trip. The good news though was that we were headed inland to do some wine tasting in the Willamette Valley!