We had three primary reasons for stopping for awhile in Newport, Oregon after leaving Winchester Bay. First, our fairly new friends Mike and Denise were camp hosting at South Beach State Park there. Second, Newport has been featured on a reality television show recently, depicting the lives of crab fisherman there. And third, somewhat related to the television show, the “bar” at the opening of the jetty leading into Newport Harbor is considered treacherous most of the time, and quite deadly at other times. We had to see it for ourselves.
We spent three days at South Beach State Park, parked right next to our friends. In between hosting duties, we were able to get together for dinners, deserts and just chats. They have been on the road for four years and have been a good resource for us since we first met them this past July at Jojoba Hills Escapees Park in Southern California. Doesn’t she look cute?
Newport is the commercial crabbing capital of the Oregon Coast. At the time of our visit, the fleet was mostly in port providing an opportunity to see many boats at the same time “up close and personal”.
One boat in particular, the Wanda J, has been featured in Deadliest Catch-Dungeoness Cove, the reality TV show we previously mentioned. Imagine our surprise to actually see it tied up to the dock. We’re nothing but a couple of groupies.
The “bar” outside Newport Harbor, although still dangerous looking this time of year, was referred to by locals as fairly mild. As it turns out, the commercial crabbing season, December/January, is generally during the worst time of the year of ingress and egress of the Newport Jetty.
During our time in Newport, we spent time down in the historical Bay Front District, an area of shops, seafood restuarants and, to our surprise…wall art.
Ultimately, we had to head north, leaving Newport in our rear camera. But not before getting two more ‘Oregon Coast” photos…