Jimmy and I camped Thursday night at Beverly Beach State Park, north of Newport; and last night at South Beach State Park just south of Newport. Both parks have convenient access points to long expanses of beach for exploring and strolling.
South Beach features rolling dunes and a wide, flat beach. Nearby is the jetty that protects boats entering and leaving Yaquina Bay. Friday night we watched as a Coast Guard search and rescue cutter soon to charge out to sea with all its crew in foul weather gear. Yaquina Head Lighthouse was visible in the distance.
Photo: Coast Guard cutter sailing out of Yaquina Bay at Newport, Ore. (Julianne G Crane).