• Paul Depperschmidt

The amazing Oregon Coast

Following our stay in Portland we decided a trip to the Oregon coast was in order. Our home base was Newport, a coastal town that caters to fishing and tourists. Unfortunately Covid had many of the local attractions closed, but we typically don't focus on those anyway. We stayed at the Newport RV Park in the marina area with the Yaquina Bay Bridge looming over everything and carrying Hwy 101 traffic up and down the coast.

And here is the aerial vacation video of the local area around Newport.

The local airport was very accommodating and made us feel right at home. I was invited to a local airport lunch and met with some local pilots. Got to love the aviation community.

It was starting to turn cool in October, but we were able to fit in daily visits to the beach. Nellie was in heaven. We were able to turn her loose to chase birds and run over the dunes. Everything was great until when driving away from the beach park it felt like we left a window open. Actually that was accurate. Someone had broken out our rear window and grabbed everything they could. We lost a bike battery (can't be used by any other bike and cost $450.) our new bike helmets, a telephoto camera lens ( worth $500 and can't be used by any other camera) and an air compressor. Insurance would pay $250 for contents. At least they paid to replace the window with no deductible. Oh well, can't all be rainbows and blue skies.

But the highlight was definitely flying along the coast. As the video shows there are rocky bluffs, islands, caves, beaches and small towns all along the area. We flew as far as Tillamook to see the sights. One in particular was Depoe Bay. For movie buffs the picture may look familiar. Imagine a boat with the gang from "One flew over the Cuckoos Nest" coming in to the harbor.



Ran in to something interesting while taxiing in at Tillamook. That is a French built jet trainer that is now privately owned. It was out for a local flight, but I bet it needs to stay pretty close to a fuel source with those two engines.

Our next posts will include some of the most beautiful areas in the US. We will cover Crater Lake NP, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite NP, Sequoia NP, Valley of the Gods, Moab, Arches NP and Canyonlands NP. Stay tuned!

Lake Tahoe!

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Welcome to our site.  We are Paul & Karen Depperschmidt.  In 2018 we decided that in retirement we would downsize, purge, get a Motor Coach and see North America.  In itself that is not unique.  So we complicated things a bit by including Paul's passion, aviation.  We will be pulling a custom trailer that includes our Kitfox Series 7 airplane.  Follow us as we travel the country and report on what we find.

 

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