Two years ago we were returning south from Tillamook to meet up with my BFF Janis and her hubby Nick in Newport, Oregon. Before we arrived she called to say her mother wasn't well and they were going to leave in the morning. Damn. Fortunately Mom was okay, but it sucked to miss having that time to play with them!
Incompatible geographic positioning and family/life realities keep us from getting together for too long. Last October we make plans with fingers and toes crossed.
When she calls on the day before we're trying it again this year, I almost don't answer the phone. When I do, I wish I hadn't. Their reserved site won't fit their rig, and there are no other sites available over this holiday week - no!! Fortunately our pull-through site will fit their 40 footer, and we will fit in theirs. Changes are made and confirmed, and we're still on for this long overdue meet up - whew!
We get set up at Port of Newport RV Park on Yaquina Bay and end up with the better of the two sites. We have a great view of the bridge from our windows. Level asphalt with small strips of green in between, this is a large, well maintained park.
Ten days fly by and we don't do half the things we thought we would - but we do have a great time getting caught up with our good friends. A couple afternoons of girl talk are very good for the soul :-)
|So happy we finally made this happen!|
|Pretty drive along the Yaquina River to the little town of Toledo.|
|Janis and Nick - we need to do this more often!|
|Yaquina Head Lighthouse|
|Rookery off Yaquina Head (quite odiferous even from a distance).|
|Enjoying the beautiful views.|
|Common Muirs in their uncommonly flashy footwear.|
|Basalt rocks at Fogarty Beach|
|Dark from the natural tannins collected upstream, Fogarty Creek makes its way to the ocean.|
|Pausing to appreciate|
|Their poodle Odie applies the guilt stare.|
|Yaquina Bay Lighthouse|
Bill and I are big Irish Pub fans and Nana's in Nye Beach is our favorite. The two of us catch an early dinner one evening. Once again both my meat loaf and his steak and Guiness pie are excellent. Highly recommended if you're in the area!
|I really wanted to eat the whole thing, but it was even better the second day :-)|
|Gorgeous views along the jetty.|
|So much fun with my athletic friend!!|
|Yaquina Bay Bridge from the pier.|
|Bo Peep is my new hero - go see her and the gang!!|
|Another cribbage player. I'll never get it :-)|
|The Hazelnutely Choctabulous Stout is delish, and I can't remember what Bill had. The food is okay.|
|Sweet views from the first floor of the brewery which shares the property with our RV park.|
On Friday they head south and we continue north to our favorite Oregon stop for a week on the river.