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The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister Ilse
took a driving trip on
the picturesque Highway 101
in Oregon
to see the small communities, parks,
and scenery along the way.
July 31, 2013

Along Highway 101 north of Lincoln City there was a beautiful overlook of the Pacific ocean and Winema Beach below.

Winema Wayfiinding Point sign
flower photographed by Ilse Blahak
Winema Wayfiinding Point
Winema Wayfiinding Point

history bookThe D River is a river in Lincoln City, Oregon. The once-nameless river, known as the "shortest river in the world" was listed in the Guinness World Records as the world's shortest river at 440 feet. This title was lost in 1989 when Guinness named the Roe River in Montana as the world's shortest. Attempting to reclaim the title, the people of Lincoln City submitted a new measurement to Guinness of about 120 feet marked at "extreme high tide." Starting in 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records no longer listed a category for the shortest river.

Note: In 2016, the two RV Gypsies learned that The Roe River at Great Springs State Park in Great Falls, Montana is one of the shortest rivers in the country at 201 feet , flowing into the longest river (The Missouri River), at 2, 540 miles long which is 200 miles longer than the Mississippi River.

The river flows from Devils Lake, under U.S. Route 101, and into the Pacific Ocean, entirely within the city limits of Lincoln City. The D River State Recreation Site off Highway 101 is home to two of the world's largest kite festivals in the spring and fall.

This area was originally settled as the town of Delake, which was later incorporated with other nearby towns to form Lincoln City in 1965. The river had been known by several names, including simply "the outlet", and earned its short name in a contest.

D River - shortest river in the world
D River - shortest river in the world
D River - shortest river in the world

Easter Island Totem Poles in front of the Palace Inn Motel on HWY 101 there were several strange Easter Island heads carved from giant logs. One had a soccer ball in its mouth; another seemed to have an Asian theme.

laughing dude clipartLee Duquette decided that the totem pole shown below needed its teeth brushed.

Lee Duquette decided that this totem pole needed its teeth brushed.
Lee Duquette decided that this totem pole needed its teeth brushed.

laughing dude clipartThen Lee brushed his own teeth.

Easter Island Totem Poles
Easter Island Totem Poles
Easter Island Totem Poles

laughing dude clipartThe totem pole shown below tried to eat Karen Duquette

laughing dude clipartThis totem pole is trying to eat Karen Duquette
Easter Island Totem Poles
Easter Island Totem Poles

Karen and Ilse "surfing" in front of Lincoln City Surf Shop

Karen Duquette Surfing in front of Lincoln City Surf Shop
Ilse Blahak Surfing in front of Lincoln City Surf Shop
Karen Duquette and Ilse Blahak Surfing in front of Lincoln City Surf Shop

Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge on Oregon's coast. It is one of six National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) comprising the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge consists of several discontinuous tracts north and south of the Siletz River where it enters Siletz Bay south of Lincoln City. It is closed to public use, except for viewing from outside the refuge boundaries and during special events. And a small portion of the area can be seen from a small parking area off Highway 101.

Siletz Bay
Siletz Bay
Siletz Bay
Siletz Bay
Siletz Bay

history bookAt 9 p.m. Jan. 26, 1700, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and accompanying tsunami hit the coast of Oregon. The size of the event and the kind of damage it caused, both near and far, were similar to that caused by Sunday's earthquake off Indonesia's Sumatra coast. The tragic results provide Oregon with an opportunity to educate their people and visitors about the hazard off the Oregon coast, in order to be properly prepared if another tsunami occurs.

sign about the great Tsunami of 1700

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area is a state park in the Oregon, administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The park was established in the 1950s, assembled through purchase and donation of land acquired between 1954 and 1978. The park and the creek were named after John Fogarty, a former judge in Lincoln County.

Fogarty Creek sign
warning sign at Fogarty Creek
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Lee Duquette at Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
a large rock that Karen Duquette likes

At the cliff-rimmed beach, a lazy creek flowed into the sea, cutting through an enchanting scenic ocean cove.

Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek
cliffs at Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Karen Duquewtte and her sister at Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek Recreation Area
Lee Duquette playing drums on a rock
Ilse Blahak at Fogarty Creek Recreation Area

The Flower photography below is by Ilse Blahak.

Flower photography by Ilse Blahak
Flower photography by Ilse Blahak

Cape Foulweather - looking down at the ocean where the whale watching tours go.

Cape Foulweather sign
Cape Foulweather
Cape Foulweather
Cape Foulweather

Ilse tried to get a good photo of the ocean, but Karen told her that was not a safe place to stand.

Ilse trying to get a good photo of the ocean
Ilse trying to get a good photo of the ocean

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