Saturday, June 22, 2013

Garibaldi Update

We've had a great stay here in Garibaldi seeing some of the sites/places the area offers. Oh ya, the seafood!!

Went to Rockaway Beach (6 miles N.) the other day and the pups had a blast. Just have to say the word 'beach' and they are ready to go. Rockaway Beach is well known for having seven miles of sandy shoreline which is why it is one of the most popular vacation destinations of the Oregon coast.

Visited Cape Meares Lighthouse also during the week.

Captain John Meares was the first to sail into Tillamook Bay, naming it Quick Sand Bay because of the mud at low tide. Captain Robert Gray was the first American on the scene and he called it Murderers Harbor because one of his crew was killed by natives there.

The lighthouse was built in 1889 and commissioned on January 1, 1890. The tower stands 38 feet high and is the shortest lighthouse in Oregon. It is constructed of bricks (made right on site at a cost of $2,900) with iron plates covering it. 

The oil lamp was replaced in 1910 with an oil vapor light similar to the Coleman lanterns of today. This was replaced in 1934 with electricity produced by generators and eventually by central power. The light today is automated and produces 57,000 candle power. It is located in a building adjacent to the historic structure. 

More info on the Cape Meares Lighthouse by clicking here.

Sorry no photos...forgot to bring the camera.

Just got back from the vet hospital in Tillamook after noticing a lump on Bailey's throat the other day. Vet did a biopsy and is calling it an abscess probably caused from eating something picked up off the ground that was sharp...crab claws maybe? He gave us 2 weeks of anti-biotics to contain and reduce but we have to keep any eye on it. She shows no signs of pain and eats and drinks normally.

We leave tomorrow for a short, but another scenic drive up the 101, 31 mile run to Cannon Beach located on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Oregon, 80 miles west of Portland and 25 miles south of Astoria.

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