After a final day in Garibaldi of housekeeping and a last meal at our favorite Parkview Restaurant, Sunday morning we head south again.
Although our travels will continue north for several more weeks, we arranged back in October to spend a week with friends Janis and Nick in Newport for the 4th of July holiday. Going to be so much fun to finally spend time together on the road!!
Then....the phone call.
You know those calls, filled with expletives and sunken hearts. The ones of thwarted plans :-(
This call is from Janis that there are family medical issues at home that require them to return. On Monday morning.
The Port of Newport RV Park is a large asphalt park with level, FHU sites where the Yaquina River meets the bay. Nothing fancy, but clean and a good location. We get set up quickly and spend the rest of the day and evening with our soon-departing pals enjoying good food and catching up. And whining about what we aren't going to do together, what they're going to miss. Too soon good-byes and hugs. And then we're on our own.
This time I don't forget a photo - Janis says no :-)))
Monday we wander around the very busy town of Newport, go grocery shopping, take naps. Pout.
|Mother Nature gives us a fireworks preview.|
It's a beautiful day so it's surprising there are only a couple boats on the water. Finding an empty day park is a treat so we hang out for a while.
|I love the hanging flowers found in most of the coastal towns.|
|The ones in the small town of Toledo are some of the prettiest.|
|How we like our parking lots.|
|Love this giant beauty along the shore.|
|The branches reach all the way to the water.|
|Numerous old posts dot the water.|
|Resting in the grass.|
|It's a pretty spot on the river, but nothing's biting today. It is a holiday.....|
|Bill finds a dirt road that loops us back toward town, several railroad trestles cross the path,|
|and a lovely creek follows along.|
|Fireworks going off all around us - Tessa is chill.|
It's wonderful to meet Lee and get caught up with their adventures. Looking forward to seeing them again down the road.
|Dorothy and Lee and the sweetest toad we've ever seen!|
It's very crowded with summer break families. We manage to navigate our way through, and other than not being able to see the otter-feeding exhibit through the bodies, we see everything.
|A large and interesting exhibit on shipwrecks.|
|I could watch Jelly Fish for hours - they're so graceful.|
|These look like more like mushrooms.|
|That friend who always shows up over-dressed.|
|Common Muirs. We've not seen uncommon ones yet.|
|They look furry up close.|
|This young man explained to us that his friend can feel the vibration of his "petting" - and the photo bomber wants some too!|
|Hard to catch good photos through the spotted glass, but the otters are so cute.|
|The giant Pacific Octopus is even harder to see, but he is huge.|
|The underwater tunnels are popular.|
|Several species of shark in this tank, but none as large as the Seven Gill.|
|The nature walk along the estuary is a nice break from the busy exhibits.|
|Huge Star Fish|
|Sunflower Star - this guy is moving quickly across the glass.|
|Zillions of little suckers move in one direction.|
|Tiny Pipefish dance through the grass.|
|A large school of anchovy have me craving pizza!|
|Vivid tide pool colors.|
Our time in Newport is going really fast - still can't believe we're not sharing it with our friends! Friday we'll go see my favorite lighthouse :-)