Day 12 – The last stops in Oregon now Down to California

More to see in Southern Oregon

The west coast of Oregon has a lot to offer for nature lovers.  we started our last stretch along the Oregon coast in Bandon, Oregon.

The Bandon Beach Loop is a popular road tour. It winds along the coast near many craggy sea stacks, including the Garden of the Gods, Table Rock, Cat and Kittens Rock and Elephant Rock. The most impressive of these is known as Face Rock. Local legend says that Face Rock is the face of an Indian maiden that was frozen into stone by an evil spirit. The Cat and Kittens Rock are her animals that were thrown into the sea and turned to stone by the same evil spirit.





Located 23 miles south of Face Rock off US101, we arrived at the Historic Hughes House.

The Historic Hughse House is a sterling work of late Victorian architecture, built in 1898 by P.J. Lindberg for $3,800, this home was a culmination of nearly four decades of laborious work by dairyman Patrick and Jane Hughes. The Hughes ranch house is a two-story, 11-room house of two-by-eight Port Orford cedar. The rectangular structure with cross wings comprises more than 3,000 square feet.

The house rests on a terrace on Cape Blanco’s north side. Its windows frame vistas of hills, the Pacific Ocean, Sixes River, and nearby fields. The location shields the house from winter southwesters, but it is more exposed to northwesters.

The family lived at the ranch for 111 years. Today it is Cape Blanco State Park. The 1,800-acre park also features the cemetery, ocean views, trails, beach access, a campground with nearly 60 electrified campsites, a horse camp with scenic riding trails, and access to the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The house is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

We didn’t bother to come in, because when we arrived a lot of visitors was inside the house.  I just took a photo of the house from the outside. With nothing to see more here, we drove 3.5 miles toward West to see the this Beautiful Lighthouse, the Cape Blanco Light house.

More information about Hughes House


Cape Blanco Lighthouse. Located 23 miles south of Face Rock off US101, Cape Blanco’s conical tower is perched on the westernmost point in Oregon above a noted wildlife viewing area. Its clifftop location places the focal plane 256 feet above sea level. It is the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, commissioned in 1871 to aid the shipping generated by gold mining and the lumber industry. Automated equipment was installed by the US Coast Guard in 1980.



Along the way towards Cresent City, California, in Port Orford, Oregon is a great place for prehistoric monsters. It’s a genuine rain forest, sheltered in a small valley, mild in climate, drenched with rainfall; a place overrun with giant ferns, drippy mosses and lichens, and ocean mist that filter sunlight through towering trees .

Ernie “E.V.” Nelson settled here. He’d always loved dinosaurs, and in 1953, inspired by his surroundings, he started building them on his property. In January 1955 he opened it as an attraction, Prehistoric Gardens, and kept building dinosaurs until he had 23 in all.

E.V. often boasted that his life-size replicas were “scientifically correct,” but his sense of color is what will impress you most.  His creations look like pop-art refugees from the Land That Earth Tones Forgot. And their authentic jungle setting wraps everything in green and shadow, ready to swallow anyone who might stray off the trail to get a better shot.  E.V. died in 1999 at age 91, not far from his dinosaurs, which are now under the care of his grandchildren. We never got the chance to stroll around the park due to time constrain. We just took pictures from the outside of the park.  One day we will return and make sure we get in.


We arrived in Cresent City, California almost at sunset. Rush to the Battery Point Lighthouse.
From US101 in Crescent City, we head west on Front Street and follow that to the end. Then make a left onto South A Street and follow that to the end to a parking area for the lighthouse.
Battery Point Light was one of the first lighthouses on the California coast. Rugged mountains and unbridged rivers meant coastal travel was essential for the economic survival of this region. In 1855, Congress appropriated $15,000 for the construction of a lighthouse on the tiny islet, which is connected to Battery Point by an isthmus which is visible, and can be traversed on foot, at low tide, and turns into an island during high tide.
The fourth-order Fresnel lens was lit in 1856. The lighthouse was automated in 1953, and a modern 14.8-inch (375 mm) lens replaced the fourth-order Fresnel lens.



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