My wife and I planned to visit the Yaquina Head Lighthouse on October 1, 2013, after the remains of Typhoon Pabuk finally blew away. When we arrived, we found the entrance gate locked, and "DO NOT ENTER" signs posted in several places. It turns out that the US Bureau of Land management (BLM) operates the lighthouse, and as of that morning, the BLM was furloughed due to the Government shutdown of 2013. After cussing a lot, and griping with some other visitors who were visiting from overseas, we stopped wasting time and looked for a place to view the lighthouse from afar. It is not visible from where we were due to high ground between the entrance and the lighthouse. The park grounds are quite extensive for just a small lighthouse, and we would have had to walk more than a half-mile (each way) down the park road just to reach a point where we could see the lighthouse. Plus we would have risked arrest. I felt confident that the law enforcement guys were “essential” and were not furloughed. So we drove back into Newport looking for a good viewpoint. We could have driven north and viewed it from about a mile away, but the sun would have been in our faces, so we drove south. We found a spot that offered a great view, albeit more than 2 miles away. For anyone interested, the viewpoint was near 1245 NW Spring Street, just north of the junction with NW 12th Street, about 0.3 mile south of US 101. With my 640 mm lens, I took some decent photos, but we were still disappointed that we couldn’t tour the lighthouse.
The lighthouse might rate higher than 3 stars on Tripadvisor, but I have no way of knowing since we couldn’t get closer than 2.2 miles away.
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