A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That – Florence, OR
When I last left you Paul was frolicking practically in the buff in the waves at Newport. It’s a rare view here on the coast (water frolickers that is) and we were reminded why just a few days later by 3 days of GUSHING rain. Pounding, crashing, crazy torrents of the stuff with massive gusts of wind to boot (a true test for our leaky window fix, eh?). This pretty picture followed us to Florence and kept us locked mostly indoors (apart from a few brave spurts to play with pooch on the beach) with Red Box movies and warm beverages for our first few days here.
But patience is a virtue, or so they say, and this rings particularly true on the Oregon Coast in summer. Once the rain had it’s say, quite as suddenly it cleared up thanks to a push from the high pressure system that is currently baking the entire southwest. Whereas most of our winter RV sites are now seeing temps of 100+ degrees, we’re happily sitting at in a sunny and pleasant 75 °F (24 °C) with just the right whiff of breeze. Ahhhhh! It’s the very reason we have wheels, and well worth the sacrifice of a few days of rain.
But I digress. We’ve made the most out of our few days of goodness in Florence revisiting some of the spots we saw as part of our “trifecta of perfectness” two years ago…and even seeing one new one. Here ya go:
The Most Photographed Lighthouse On The Coast
As I look back at our RV travels I can tell you the exact moment I got truly interested in lighthouses, and it happened right here at Heceta Head. I’ve always liked lighthouses…kind of. But I never really loved lighthouses until I saw this baby. Perched on dramatic cliffs 205-feet above the ocean floor with gorgeous white-washed walls and cute pink tiles, she’s not only the prettiest lighthouse on the coast, but she’s also the most haunted. A perfectly special lady with all the qualities to enthrall even the biggest doubter. What can I say…I fell in love at first sight and I’ve been “bitten” ever since. Heceta Head just underwent a 2-year restoration so we jumped at the chance to go back and tour her sparkling new look. She just as lovely as I remember and we enjoyed a fabulous afternoon taking the tour, hanging by the cliffs and playing w/ Polly on the beach. Perfection! (P.S. Pooch is welcome everywhere except inside the lighthouse)
Feeeed Me, Feeeeeeed Me
I’ve always been a huge fan of quirky B-movies and one of my all-time favs was “Little House Of Horrors“, a hilariously macabre musical where a man discovers a carnivorous plant that grows so large it forces him to kill people to feed it. Yum, yum. So when I heard there was a small, albeit practically unknown garden dedicated to a carnivorous plant on the Oregon coast I was all over it! We stopped for a gawk at the Darlingtonia State Natural Area where bog conditions are just perfect for the insect-munching Darlingtonia Californica, a rather unusual and interesting-looking plant. Pretty cool little spot, especially if you’re into these things. And no, no digits were taken. (P.S. Pooch is welcome on leash here)
And We Were Published!
Coincidently to our stay at Florence was the first release of the magazine MERGE which featured a full-length interview with several nomads including ourselves. It’s an innovative new mag about full-time travellers and they used several of my photos too! Super fun to see our mugs in actual print, and rather cool to see my pics in there too. Check out a FREE issue of the first release at this site, and if you get so inspired as to subscribe do so here.
That about wraps up our short stay in Florence this time around. We enjoyed several days of very nice sunshine the last few days we were there, a good few plays on the beach, plus we had an excellent evening with blog readers Peter & Janice (sorry, forgot to take pics) who came around to see us. Cheers for the visit guys! We’ve got a veeeery short stop at a super-secret hidden waterfront gem and then we start our summer jobs in Bandon.
That’s where I’ll see ya next….
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