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Monday, March 29, 2010

Oregon with Kids: Yaquina Head Lighthouse

We traveled to Oregon the Summer of 2008 (although this day at the beach was anything but summer like).

Tramping around Newport, we went to some of the same spots I visited when I was a kid. One of our thoughts was that the kids would think it was cool to be able to climb a lighthouse. To see what it was like living and working in a lighthouse over a hundred years ago? The Yaquina Head lighthouse now has tours. Which is very cool and I highly recommend it. We were not able to do the whole tour as we had plans to meet family further up the road, but next time we will. We only climbed up a portion of the stairs and missed the docent's historical tour. The tour portion gives actual history of the lighthouse as well as information about the workings on the coast in the late 1800s.

Growing up in Oregon, seeing working lighthouses were part of the beach trip every summer. Thinking back now, what a cool thing was that? Lighthouses are part and parcel of the history of world wide travel and commerce, lighthouses protected the wayfayers as well as the cargo. I love the thought of the lighthouse. The Beacon, the safe light in the storm. I also just think they look cool!

We will be back in Oregon this summer and we will defiantly do this with the kids. The only catch is there are a quite a few steps up (114 to be exact)so gage the trip in terms of the age and abilities of your kids.

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