Foggy Umpqua

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A whale out there!

Waking up we were ready to go, although laying in bed all cozy is the best, we wanted to get on the road.   First we needed to get gas – so I downloaded GasBuddy to find where the least expensive gas in Brookings was. Heading to Fred Meyer we got gas and other items, then back at camp we packed up and headed up the road.  Driving along Highway 101  we pulled over eventually to eat lunch. The spot was along the water and we were able to see a whale playing. Continuing up the coast the drive was easy and quite uncrowded.  We passed Humbug Mt. State Park and it looked nice with the mix of river and ocean.

We arrived into a foggy Umpqua Lighthouse State Park and the host greeted us -telling us there was also another airstream in the park! Did you ever wonder what it would be like to drive into a campground and only two sites away would be another Airstream – crazy!

A safari - one more and a rally!
A safari – another airstream and a rally!

Once we parked and leveled (so good to not have to unhook) we went on a hike to little Lake Marie and walked around it and then up to Umpqua Lighthouse. The lighthouse is cute and there is also a museum and gift shop close by. We arrived late so didn’t get to see much and will hit it again in the morning. One can tour the lighthouse for a small fee. In the museum we learned that the lighthouse is spectacular at night, and we also met one of the volunteer docents who is from of all places the ville! We returned to our site and hung out.  This little park has only 54 sites, and 6 of them are yurts and two of them are cabins overlooking the lake. We stayed in site 8(45).

Cabin in the woods, above the lake in Umpqua Lighthouse  SP.
Cabin in the woods, above the lake in Umpqua Lighthouse SP.

John brought his collection of old maps of places we had visited in past times and it was fun to remember those days and all the places we have visited.  In some cases we were able to pinpoint the times we really went to places and we even had an old brochure on the ville.  Wish I had two of those to frame because it would be quite a conversation.  The furnace was nice to have on for a bit also.

A foggy Umpqua Lighthouse around 9:00pm
A foggy Umpqua Lighthouse around 9:00pm

John went back for a night time picture, I stayed in to stay warm and I semi-regret because his pictures are very cool.