Friday, June 29, 2012

An Ocean Front RV site in Brookings, OR

After a couple nights at our first RV park, we moved a couple hundred yards down to the Beachfront RV Resort. Here Orinda checks out the entry to the park which features this sculpture of the St. George's Reef Lighthouse (this was carved out of a redwood tree trunk).

Beachview RV park is a unique spot and a very interesting place to visit. In fact, we were fortunate enough to get an ocean front full hookup rv site! Pretty cool.

 Looking out of the motorhome windshield, Rick could vaguely see a tower-like shape well out into the Pacific. It turns out that this is the St. George Reef Lighthouse which is over 8 miles away from this point. Even with the telephoto lens, this is a challenging photo. We learned that this was a real engineering challenge and the base of the station is made of carved granite rocks moved from Crescent City, CA.

Fortunately, we found a postcard featuring this lighthouse and Rick was able to get a great picture of it. Imagine working out here where you would work in 3 month shifts operating the lighthouse. Not surprisingly, this was one of the most dangerous lighthouse assignments since it was very difficult for crew members to board the lighthouse from a small ship and several men perished over the years before it was closed in 1975. 

 One of the great things of our location is that this is the view out the motorhome windshield. Rick is delighted to be able to sit in the driver's seat and watch the surf pound in just feet away.

Just a couple hundred feet away from our RV site, the Chetco River empties into the Pacific (on the right side of this picture) while Orinda checks out the jetty protecting the port. 

Facing the other way (looking away from the ocean), we could easily see the Chetco River (to the left) and the boat basin (right). We could also better understand how the tsunami pushed the river outflow back into the boat basin and really compounding the damages from the tsunami.

It is great to be able to walk a few feet to the wide beach and enjoy a walk on the beach. At low tide, we could see the huge rocks that dot the beach and have been worn smooth by the wave action. 

These beaches are much different from beaches we have been on in South Carolina or Florida. Rather, these are very rugged beaches with dark sand, huge rocks, and lots of driftwood. In fact, we were amazed to see these huge trees washed up on the beach. Imagine hitting one of these while running your boat!

1 comment:

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

A beautiful place, definitely need to see that area:)