How to Escape the Heat – Discover Newport, Oregon

Escape the Heat and Fire

Escape the heatThe worst fire season in California history sent thousands like me fleeing to see relatives and friends in Oregon looking for clean air and cooler temperatures. Disappointment drifted around our plane as we flew into Portland International Airport. The air quality in Portland looked nearly as smoky as it did at home near the Sequoia National Park.

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Rough Fire near Fresno

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Temperatures reaching nearly one hundred degrees in the Pacific Northwest dried grasses along the freeway and turned the surrounding hillsides brown. Traffic thinned by the time we passed Salem, Oregon and we continued south to the Corvallis exit.

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Newport Bridge

A turn to the west took us onto the direct road to Newport, Oregon. As we continued west, grass and trees greened and by the time we reached our destination, we breathed in the fog instead of smoke or dust. We threw open the door and leaned over the patio to enjoy the bay view.

Embarcadero Resort, Newport, Oregon

We stayed close to our hotel, The Embarcadero Resort because we could walk to everything we needed in the Historic Bayfront District.

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Embarcadero Resort

The unit came with a separate bedroom, one bath, living area, dining area and a full kitchen for $120 per night.  The bedroom comes with a king sized bed and the living room has a queen size pullout bed, which is less comfortable. The view makes up for it.

Escaping the heatMy brother grabbed the binoculars every time a ship motored by the window.

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Embarcadero Resort Room 252

This morning we awoke to more fog. Donning our coats we walked into Historic Bayfront for breakfast across from  Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Breakfast Cafe in Historic Bayfront, Newport

Breakfast was more than I could eat, but I couldn’t help sampling it before I took a picture. I give it five stars, but don’t ask me the name today. I’ll tell you in another post, so come back again.

Quaint shops line the road on both sides along with a fish processing plant and several restaurants. We ate at Moe’s for dinner two nights in a row to enjoy a beautiful view and delicious, reasonable meals.  – two dinners including salmon came to only $23.00.

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Lincoln City, OR beach

We drove to Lincoln City and walked along the shore for a short time. On a gray morning, few people joined us. Not even boats ventured out in the choppy waves. Tomorrow we are going on an ocean cruise to hunt for whales. They feed here from July to October.

Historic Bayfront, Newport, OR

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Pier at Newport, OR

It was too early for lunch after eating the huge breakfast, so we headed back to Newport and visited the three tourist attractions, Ripley’s, the Wax Museum, and the Undersea Gardens.

Undersea Gardens

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Undersea Gardens, Newport, OR

The Undersea Gardens was actually a once-working ship. A diver spent about fifteen minutes displaying the Garden residents, a Dungeness Crab (pictured in front of Eddy’s face), anemone, starfish, and everyone’s favorite,  a  blue shark, were among the many species named.

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Undersea Gardens, Newport, OR

Wax Museum

From there we crossed the street to the Wax Museum and cavorted with several stars. Some of them would pose up close and personal with you.

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Wax Museum, Newport, OR

Others appeared too deadly to approach.

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Wax Museum, Newport, OR

None of them scared us, even the guy who popped out of the wall. One old wax guy sat in his room and watched you on television watching him.  Randy caught him red-handed.

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Wax Museum, Newport, OR

We left these jokers and went over to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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Wax Museum, Newport, OR

At that point, I spent more time reading and watching videos than I did taking pictures. In fact, I didn’t take one picture so you will have to go and take your own and link them to this article.

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Wax Museum, Newport, OR

Tomorrow more explorations. Stay tuned. Where have you been this summer?  Link your articles in the comment section. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

30 thoughts on “How to Escape the Heat – Discover Newport, Oregon”

  1. I was thinking of you MVBFM when I read about those horrendous fires in California. I hope that your county is okay and that they are nowhere near you. I saw the satellite pictures of the smoke. Really big. I hope that you are all okay. Love Ralph xox ❤

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    1. Thanks, MF, Ralph. The fires are in the National parks about a half hour and an hour away from us. We’ve had a few brush fires on our hills, but nothing that has threatened our structures. The air quality is ruinous, though. In Fresno, a hour north of us, it’s hazardous for anyone to be working outside. Thanks for your concern. Hope you are doing great today. It sounds like your life has hit a smooth and beautiful time, so I’m so happy for you. 🙂 xox Love Marsha

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      1. It has been five days since you replied MVBFM. Looking at the news it is still scary in California. So I hope that you are all okay. Take care my friend ❤

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        1. You are so sweet, MFR. we are fine. The kittens all sneeze all the time, but their eye infections are gone. They advise adults to wear masks outside. But we’re not doing hard labor in this heat. I worry about permanent lung damage to the firefighters, though. We know some of them. Hope you are doing well. Your life sounds like a wonderful fairy tale now. So happy for you. 😘😘😘

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    1. I’m so glad. The news up here reports that the smoke has migrated north to Portland, They advise old people and those with breathing problems to stay inside.

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  2. Those fires are terrible, Marsha. I hope they weren’t purposefully lit. That would make it all much worse. Keep cool and carry on. It looks like there’s lots to distract. Any writing?

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    1. Hi Norah, thanks for the response. I heard on the news last night that one fire at least was arson. It’s so devastating. Our friends who own a bed and breakfast say people are still enjoying the Sequoia National Park. Oregon has been a lovely relief, but no time to write much while I’m here. I’m still working on suggested edits! Maybe in another month.

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      1. On our news last night, a 19-year-old volunteer rural firefighter was arrested for arson – I think at least a dozen fires over the last six months. Crazy. So much destruction, as if Mother Nature can’t do enough on her own. I hope the fires over there are out soon.

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          1. I think we’re going to have a very bad summer over here. There’s already been a couple of fires and the season hasn’t even started yet. Everywhere is very dry with little rain forecast. It’s not looking good. I hope your fires are done.

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  3. Hi Marsha! That map is so telling of the horrendous fires in California and beyond. Like you said, you cannot really get away from the heat and smoke. Even here at the delta this weekend, the wind has pushed most of the smoke away but the smoke is lurking on the horizon. Lots of ash all over things everywhere! Hope you found some respite!

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  4. You asked for summertime posts, but I’ve been too tied up to write! However, that is because of my summertime activity which is working on a slight restoration of a house we are moving into if I ever get done. 😀 It’s not major, such as carpentry, for me, but just cosmetic. Finding a place that was never painted b/c the paint was white and the plaster beneath was also white, so it was hard to tell where to paint. 😀 Also just cleaning the place–full of webs and dust, but an amazing and beautiful older home. Closer to husband’s work place, so we’re excited about shucking that commute! No fires here; cannot even burn trash b/c of the rain, however, flooding is bad, too, in it’s own way. 😥

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    1. How fun, really. We totally remodeled our house when we moved here 17 years ago, and remodeled the kitchen , floors and bath in the last two years. So I get what you mean by tired! Good for you, though. Send before and after pics when you’re done. 😍😍😍

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