We started our trip leaving Medford after work Friday and ate at our favorite place. Mazzi's in Eugene, where Lance proposed to me. Then Saturday we got up and headed toward Tillamook where we saw the lighthouse at Cape Mears. Below is the view from the Cape.
Here is Lance with the Octopus tree. It is a 105 foot tall Sitka Spuce that measures more than 46 feet in circumference and has no central trunk. It was really strange looking!
Cape Meares Lighthouse was first lit in 1890 and sits 200 feet above the pacific ocean.
Lance and I on the beach. Just like newlyweds!
After hanging out for a while in Cape Meares and eating lunch in a strange vendor fair that closed around 2pm... We headed south to Newport. Below is Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. This lighthouse was lit for the first time in 1871. Before the completion of this lighthouse there were arguments about where it should have been built so Yaquina Head was built just two years later (also in Newport).
While in Newport we also visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium which was super cool! They have a tunnel where you walk under the water and there are sharks swimming above and all around you!!
Yaquina Head lighthouse was first lit in 1873 and stands 93 feet tall!
Here's me climbing the stairs to the top!
The view from the top of Yaquina Head lighthouse.
Lance checking out the telescope with Yaquina Head lighthouse in the background.
Next we headed south to Florence and visited Heceta Head Lighthouse. Having lived in Eugene, I had been to Devil's Elbow state park numerous times and hiked up to Heceta Head lighthouse but I have never been inside! It was first lit in 1894 and during WWII the Coast Guard sent 75 men to protect against Japanese attack!
View from the lawn outside Heceta Head lighthouse.
Then Sunday we headed south again to Bandon. Below is the Coquille River Lighthouse. It was first lit in 1896 after 5 years of construction due to numerous delays and was abandoned only 43 years later in 1939.
Lance and I on the beach. I feel so very blessed to have such a wonderful man in my life.
It was a pretty awesome anniversary weekend. I felt very lucky that we were able to tour the inside of each of the lighthouses on our trip. The planning just all happened to work out - almost like someone from above was watching over us...