We had a great day exploring the city of Newport today. Newport sits almost exactly at the center of Oregon's scenic coastline, it is known as the Dungeness crab capital of the world. Sports fishing is a major topic of conversation in Newport, which serves as the home base for one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in Oregon. Sports fishermen come here to try their hand at fishing for everything from salmon and halibut to crab and clams.
Other top attractions in the area include the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which features educational presentations, exhibits and shows about Oregon Coast marine life, and the area's two lighthouses, Yaquina Head and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. Downtown Bay Boulevard comprises some of the city's most popular city attractions. Undersea exhibits, a wax museum, gift shops, restaurants, hotels, and resort facilities overlook Newport's picturesque Yaquina Bay on the south side of the city.
After exploring the bay we drove to two state parks to see two lighthouses. We had a lot of fog over the ocean but still managed to get a few pictures of the lighthouses. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. This is my favorite lighthouse in the area because of all the birds that breed on the rocks behind the lighthouse. :-)
We also enjoyed watching all the seals on the rocks below and watching the people exploring tide pools teeming with life way down below. It was another awesome day in Oregon, I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more from Oregon.