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July 04th Weekend, 2006.

This year was my first chance to experience the Independence Day holiday. This is one of the major holidays over here ranking along the same status as January 26th, Australia Day to Australians.

With the extra days off, we had the chance to get away and visit the Oregon Seaside area with family friends, Garry and Toni.

The maps above show the general area of the Oregon Coast that we visited and it's relative location to Salem where we live.

To reach the Oregon Coast from Salem is a comfortable drive of an hour to an hour and a half, mind you I slept most of the way as I'd worked all night.

No trip to the Oregon coast would be complete without stopping for breakfast at the Camp 18 Restaurant, on the Sunset Highway between Salem and the coast. The Camp 18 Restaurant is located in a magnificent building constructed from, and decorated with huge logs, pieces of timber and logging artifacts dedicated to the localities logging history.

Family friend Garry, found the following article with some of the story relating to Camp 18 that can be reached by using the link below:

Link to Camp 18 Article.

Decorating the outside the Camp 18 Restaurant they have a collection of wood carvings, including Smokey the Bear and a Grizzly shown here.

I don't mind admitting it, if a real bear that big came along. I'd be long gone!

Another of the wood carvings at Camp 18, a Big Foot or Sasquatch.

Sasquatch real or not - you decide!

Wikipedia's information on Sasquatch

Two more wood carvings at Camp 18.

A grizzly bear on the left and I'm not sure what the carving on the right is.

A huge carving of a lumber jack about 12 to 15 feet tall and a carving of a bear guard the massive timber doors of the Restaurant.

Over from the Restaurant building, is a display containing plaques and information relating to the area's timber heritage.

The harvesting of timber in the area relied heavily on rail for transport of the timber.

Artifacts at Camp 18 also include the caboose and crane displayed from that era.

I didn't get any pictures, but inside the Restaurant you could see the massive logs used as beams to support the roof. Outside I saw this outdoor table, again cut from a single piece of timber.


During our weekend adventure, we visited the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.

Tours of the lighthouse were still about an hour from starting when we arrived, and there was already a fair crowd waiting so we had a look at the foreshore are instead.

There were similarities to beaches and coves I'd seen in Australia, and also differences.

Coming from Australia, where I mostly visited golden sandy beaches, the rocks on this beach at Yaquina Bay were quite a contrast.

The beach area of Yaquina Bay is a sanctuary supervised by the park service.

To the south end of the beach, when we got closer we saw the small rock outcrops had seals resting on them.


The natural colorings of the seals at Yaquina Bay helped to camouflage them.

I don't know if they had a big party the night before or were good union members on their break, but there wasn't too much activity from any of them while we were there.


Similar to the seals, this rocky out crop at Yaquina Bay was the resting, or meeting place for a large group of sea birds.

It was still fairly early but unfortunately the day was a little cloudy and overcast which didn't help my pictures of the coastline.

We saw quite a few of these little bays and inlets along the coast, again the weather conditions don't help display the beauty of the area.

As well as the coastal scenes, there was also forests view.

This was one of the first times it became more apparent to me that I was no longer in Australia, all these trees and no Gums, or eucalypts in sight!

Part of any trip to the Oregon Coast for us involves stopping at the Blue Herron French Cheese Company.

Before I followed Conda, Garry and Toni inside to sample the cheese and wine, I headed for the petting zoo they had there, to converse with some of the locals.

In life, you need a friend to lean on now and then. These 2 goats in the petting zoo where there for each other.

I suspect that they were siblings although I don't know my siblings and I would ever get along that well.

They say "The grass is always greener on the other side" but I couldn't see any difference between the gravel either side of this fence.


I was happy to see another Australian Expiate, although this Emu may not be a real Australian, it may have been born here!


These locals seemed to be ready and willing to have their say.


What a load of bull ! I was careful not to mention hamburgers, these Texas Long horn Cattle may not have taken it too well.

The horses moved around the front of their stall before I could get a picture of them but the warning sign on the fence seemed to be sound advice.

They had these 2 old vehicles, one a fire truck and the other, partly obscured, a London bus.

And then on to Tillamook, Oregon, the home of the Tillamook Cheese factory that we also visited during our weekend away. to be sound advice.

I believe the boat displayed out the front of the factory commemorates the use of boats to deliver their products to Portland in years gone by.

There was a sign saying the factory had sufficient stock stored to allow for production to shut down during the holiday weekend. to be sound advice.

Despite the sign, there was some packaging still being done. Both these pictures of the cheese processing area were taken from the overhead viewing gallery.

Among the items displayed in the visitors center were this life sized ceramic cow and quilt on the wall.

Unfortunately my ability as a photographer didn't match the skill quilter!

Almost everywhere you visit you find the obligatory gift shop selling all sorts of stuff.

I didn't really see a direct connection between a cheese factory and cat sculptures but these 2 characters in the gift shop, had personality.

Approximately 55 miles, South of Tillamook was the town of Depoe Bay.

Depoe Bay at first glance, may seem like many other seaside towns, but it has one important claim to fame!

Just driving through it would be easy to miss this little sign explains the town's claim to fame!

It wasn't until we were out of the car that I saw from the edge of the bridge the narrow little lending support to sign shown on the left.

Taken from the far side of the harbor, the bridge road bridge is visible in the center of the picture.

Claimed to be the world's smallest navigable harbor. It looks like they could be right!

Near one end of the bridge they had a "whale watching interpretive center".

Mind you I have no idea what "Whale watching spoken here" means.

Inside the whale watch center they had exhibits including these whale bones.

The shear size of the bones, is testimony to the size of these creatures.

Seagulls are a fairly common sight in both Australia and the US, probably many places around the world but this was different.


This was the first time I'd seen baby seagulls. This mom had three chicks with her, here in the nest under the bridge.

As Depoe Bay has a harbor, it's only natural to expect that the would have a US Coast Guard facility and they do.

The physical situation of this coast guard unit make the nickname very aplicable!

Within the grounds of the Depoe Bay Coast Guard facility was this polished bell.

I didn't really see a direct connection between a cheese factory and cat sculptures but these 2 characters in the gift shop, had personality.

What would a coast guard unit be without boats!

Two shots show the craft visible at the station in Depoe Bay.