The Annual Invitational Rods ‘n Rhodies Car Show, 1972 and older. It’s going to be a weekend of fun. Florence’s historic Old Town comes alive with the sights and sounds of some of America’s best rods and custom cruisers. What better place to celebrate the end of the rodding season in the Northwest.
Harbor Vista Park offers tent and recreational vehicle camping on a year round basis. It is one of the few campgrounds on the Oregon coast with an ocean view, perched above the North Jetty of the Siuslaw River. Harbor Vista is located 3 miles north of Florence on North Jetty Road.
When a friend calls me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed
And shout from where I am, What is it?
..I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground..
I go up to the stone wall for a friendly visit.
As you are driving north on Highway 101 you cross my bridges. This one is just south of the Heceta Lighthouse and seemed to be such a monument to what it takes to conquer the wild nature of the Oregon Coast.
According to all sources, the Heceta Lighthouse is the most powerful on the West Coast. Because the weather was horrific the day I was there, I was limited to pictures only from a distance. I would have liked to hike up to the tower and take some more detailed pics.
The lighthouse is about 13 miles north of Florence on Highway 101.
About 12 miles north of Florence is the Sea Lion Cave. Parking is free and adequate. You enter a gift shop that is right on highway 101. The charge to go to the cave is $8 for an adult and I believe $5 for children. You walk down a paved walk along the ocean cliffs to an elevator which takes you down 300 feet below the level of the highway. When you get off of the elevator you will know you are there because of the smell! you are inside a cave and have a view of the giant sea lion cave. You are not allowed to take flash photos so your only choice is a SLR with variable shutter speed and high speed film. This whole operation could be classified under Tourist Trap too! I was able to get a nice photo of the Heceta Light House from the cave.
By the way, there are hundreds of noisy sea lions to look at but they dont do much other than make noise!
If you're into camping, Washburne is a great little place. It's about 15 mi. north of Florence on HWY 101 and last time I was there, it was $13/night for a tent site.
The campgrounds are on the east side of the highway and the beach is on the west-you can easily walk back and forth from one to the other and you even get to play a real life version of Frogger crossing the highway.
What I really like about this place is the tent sites. There is RV camping and they also have some yurts for rent, but the tent sites are great. They're all walk-in sites, meaning you don't park your car at your site-you park about 150 yds away and haul your stuff in. There are about 6 mossy-floored sites nestled into the woods. I guess I like them so much because you get to pretend that you're hidden away in the forest-not like other crowded campgrounds, where people can walk by and stare at you and you have to look at all of them around you.
Sounds like it could be a pretty creepy place, but it's really not. It's actually a pretty cool little place. At one end, there's a stream that feeds into the ocean and at the other, some nice rock formations, good for playing on and for tidepools. It's also right below Heceta Head Lighthouse, which you can walk up to.
Devil's Elbow is located a few miles north of Florence on HWY 101
Inchanted Valley, Mercer Lake Road 5 miles out of Florence going North turn right onto Mercer Lake Road, follow the road to the end. There is a park with a stream flowing threw meadows. There is an Elk viewing area there. There are also trails you can walk.
Like those signs throughout the town. Thought the link below provids interesting informations on Florence and OR generally.
Don't forget the sunsets over the lake at the State Park and the Pacific Ocean...
More sunset pictures HERE!