This is our first time camping in a marina. Many of the marinas along the coast offer RV camping. For a non hookup site we paid $15/night. Since we are traveling in the off season we are avoiding the summer crowds which makes it easy to find camping locations. We were very lucky here in that it wasn’t crowded at all.
Here are the views we had from our rig.
We visited the Umpqua River Lighthouse and took the tour. We were able to stick our heads up inside the red and white lens. What a sight! See for yourself…
The current lighthouse is the second one this area. The first one fell into the river in 1861. The current structure has a 65-foot tower that overlooks sand dunes from a 165-foot elevation on the south side of the bay. The light was illuminated in 1894 and this lens emits red and white lights in automated flashes.
We had lunch in Lakeside, a very small town (basically one block) that had very good food. Believe it or not, we were the youngest people in the joint. I guess old age is relative.
We drove three miles east to the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, home to a large heard of Roosevelt elk which roams the 1,100 acre preserve. And the elk did not disappoint. We viewed a tussle between two males, antlers locked and dancing around. No elk were hurt in the demonstration!
We took a ride along the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, an awe-inspiring park with mammoth dunes sculpted from windblown sand, some as high as 500 feet and a mile long. Lots of ATVs here! I’ve loved sand dunes since I was them many, many years ago in Western Michigan.
Next stop Florence…not Italy…Florence, Oregon.