Lincoln City was our next stop going north along the Oregon Coast. We arrived just in time for the Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show in nearby Depoe Bay. They were serving up succulent, locally sourced dungeness crabs and showing beautiful wooden boats, many of which were built by those who were on hand to tell their story.
This is the first time we have traveled (in our motorhome) outside of the state of California since January 2017, about 15 months ago. We drove in our car to Tahoe for skiing earlier this year but otherwise we spent all of 2017 and the first part of 2018 in California. We crossed into Oregon on Highway 101 while moving from Crescent City, CA, to Coos Bay, OR.
We spent a month in San Diego parked at the Mission Bay RV Resort on, surprisingly, Mission Bay. It is a beautiful location surrounded by the Mission Bay Park and the bay itself. There is a nice hiking/biking path that runs for miles in both directions. It is also located 5 minutes from downtown San Diego, Old Town San Diego, Little Italy, the Embarcadero, etc.
The Piedras Blancas lighthouse was first illuminated on February 15, 1875. A mere 8 years later a severe earthquake caused some damage about 70 feet up from the base. Finally in 1948, after additional earthquakes, the determination was made that the upper three floors had to be removed. Therefore, the lighthouse stands at 70 feet tall rather than the original 100 feet. The original Fresnel lens was preserved and is on display in the nearby community of Cambria.
The lighthouse is located on a very scenic stretch of California coastline 5.5 miles north of San Simeon. In 2001 the Bureau of Land Management assumed management of the site with the objective to restore the light station to its period of greatest historical significance. The non-profit Piedras Blancas Light Station Association raises funds and provides volunteer assistance for restoration and maintenance. They also conduct scheduled tours which provided us the opportunity to tour the site.
As we previously mentioned, our original plan was to visit Savannah, GA, in early October. But then Hurricane Matthew came along and we had to re-route, heading south along the Gulf Coast of Florida as far as the Florida Keys, then north along the Atlantic Coast. Weeks ago, we had already booked a spot for an extended stay beginning in mid-November in Navarre, FL, on the Gulf Coast of the Florida panhandle between Pensacola and Ft. Walton Beach. Bottom line, in order to get back to Savannah, we stopped off in Brunswick, GA. This would save us 150 driving miles to get to Navarre.