Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cold weather camping at the coast

Friday morning it was about 28 degrees here at the house.  There was enough moisture in the air to make for frosty roads.  We delayed leaving the house until 10 am because of that.  The coast range was clear of frost by that time. 

In Depoe Bay we were treated to this view:


We arrived at South Beach State Park south of Newport, OR (I misspoke in a previous blog post on the location of this park) about 12:30 pm and we were all set up by 1:00.  The blue thing between the air conditioner and the vent is Tom’s homemade TV antenna. 


The weather was beautiful without a cloud in the sky.  But it was cold!  Our walk along the beach in the afternoon was cheek numbing.  And we saw the result of the winter storms: buried walkways and barely visible signs.


Walking north onto the jetty we found an interesting memorial.



We also saw a working fishing boat heading out to sea.  In the distance is the Yaquina Head Light. 


Here is a close-up of the light. 


This is Tom’s normal look after he has been beachcombing for a while. 


Another mystery.  Where did the vehicle go?


After a beach walk Saturday morning and a lunch of peanut butter sandwiches we returned home.  The weather was coming in and it would start raining again sometime during the night. 

We were pleased with our outing.  One of the purposes was to try our our renovations on the trailer and see if they worked.  Tom’s home-made TV antenna picked up more stations than the one built into the Casita (three as opposed to one).  The extra shelving was great for better organization.  The one thing that did not work out so great was my quilt.  It slipped and slid all over the blanket.  I think it is because the blanket is a thick velour and is slippery.  I definitely want to make a sleep sack now.

All and all this was a very successful trip.

This is what greeted us Sunday morning.

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