Portland, Maine

After we visited Bar Harbor and had the mandatory hot lobster rolls, we wanted to explore Maine a little further. The Two Rivers Campground where we parked our RV was only a few minutes’ drive from downtown Skowhegan, Maine. Located by the banks of Kennebec River, Skowhegan is known for its impressive class IV and V rapids, which are coveted by enthusiast whitewater rafters. However, all we knew about it was that Louise, a friend whom we knew from our dancing days, lived there. We enjoyed seeing her again and she joined us on our visit of nearby Portland, Maine.

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Yaquina Lighthouse and Newport, OR

Beautifully restored and kept, Yaquina Head Lighthouse stands the tallest on the Oregon coast, and is the only lighthouse with the living quarters attached. It took over the job of the old Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, which is the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing.

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Cape Mears Lighthouse, OR

Despite standing only 38 feet high, Cape Mears Lighthouse-the shortest in Oregon-guided ships through the fog effectively (with the help of a 200 ft cliff base and fancy French lens) for 73 years. Now subject to occasional vandalism, the small white lighthouse welcomes visitors who want to hear about Tillamook history and shares the spotlight with the other attractions at Cape Mears Scenic Point, such as the famed “Octopus Tree“- an unusual Sitka spruce tree, the largest colony of nesting common murres, miles of hiking trails, and whale sightings.

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Pacific Coast – Rockaway & Cannon Beach; Terrible Tilly Lighthouse

Majestic rocks rising from misty waters, fresh seafood, moody waves, and mysterious lighthouses all await along the Oregon coast. We had to stop by the famous Cannon Beach and get the story about Terrible Tilly lighthouse. Rockaway Beach was a hidden coastal gem and we celebrated the arrival of fall season with a cup of hot clam chowder.

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