180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Delves Deep Into Oregon Coast Lighthouses
Oregon) – Just before the Christmas rush, a unique independent film
was released this past year - one that's a perfect gift for those in love
with the Oregon coast.
Lights” is a new DVD from Oregon
Coast Show cameraman and producer Scott Gibson and writer David Anslow,
now available online at www.oregonlightsdvd.com.
The award-winning show was aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting a few times
in the early part of this decade
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13 chapters of the
video take you through all ten of Oregon’s lighthouse, including
the private lighthouse owned by famed maritime author Jim Gibbs, as well
as some other related subjects.
Those who love to
travel the Oregon coast will find this film intoxicating. The DVD is 72
minutes of glorious footage, beautiful scenery, and fascinating background
information and history. It takes the viewer on a tour of all the lighthouses
up and down the coast, through their history, and touches upon the legends
of hauntings as well. It even features interviews with Gibbs, who not
only served aboard the crazed Tillamook
Rock Lighthouse until it was shut down in 1957, but created his own
small lighthouse at his home in Yachats.
filming for Oregon Coast Show
A bonus feature on
the DVD is a special story about the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport.
It was a labor of
love for Gibson, who thought about the documentary for years. “Ever
since I was a kid I had a fascination with lighthouses,” Gibson
said. “So I was happy to blend my skills as a producer with a fascination
of mine. I really loved making this documentary.”
The film took about
a year to make, with Gibson having to rent equipment for $300 a day at
the time, since he didn’t have his own broadcast quality gear. “It
became a real ‘magical act’ for me to coordinate interviews
and days that were available to shoot at the various lighthouses,”
he said. “Plus, I had to coordinate with the ever-changing Oregon
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another three months, and still included a lot of exhausting driving between
the coast and Portland.
The making of the
film had its perks, however. Most lighthouse officials gave Gibson exclusive
access to areas not normally permitted to the public. He got to see a
lot of things most people don’t.
But one hurdle was
the officials at Cape Arago’s lighthouse, on the south coast. “The
Coast Guard Chief from Coos Bay at that time would not allow me to cross
the footbridge to get right up to the lighthouse,” Gibson said.
“He said it was a liability issue, and I explained that I would
sign any necessary waivers, etc. But he wouldn't budge. It seemed to me
like he just wanted to throw his weight around. I saw the footbridge myself
and it would have been safe for me to walk across it.”
Gibson learned much
from his documentary work, including the revelation that the Yaquina Bay
Lighthouse’s ghost was from a work of fiction. In the DVD, he’s
careful to point that out, and to dispel the myth that Yaquina
Head’s lighthouse was accidentally built in the wrong place.
there's no reason a lighthouse as tall as Yaquina Head would need to be
placed high atop Cape Foulweather where it would be in the fog line much
of the time,” he said.
ghost stories didn’t faze him at all. Gibson is a realist –
but one who knows first the sad truth about Oregon’s lighthouses.
The DVD ends with a poignant statement about what won’t ever happen
again with these wonderful icons.
“I don't know
if any of the other ghost stories have any credibility, but lighthouses
are truly remarkable structures,” Gibson said. “It’s
sad to think another one will never be built.”
The DVD is $14.95,
with $3 shipping and handling. It can be previewed and ordered at www.OregonLightsDVD.com.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting a free,
fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the beginning. Every room
is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln City's most
famous stretch of beach, next to the D River. Each room, comes as
a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some
have gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players with movies available
for renting (and movie rentals come with free popcorn). There's
a heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night.
Rooms sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe
fireplace suite. Gift certificates are available, and they offer
special occasion packages as well. To make a reservation and see
a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. It's Lincoln City’s only
resort hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms
- nestled against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach.
Enjoy dining in the penthouse restaurant and bar - whether you’re
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bedrooms to studios to one-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators
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101. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport
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Rockaway Beach. All rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate
and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports.
The oceanfronts all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen,
cozy firelog fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront units
come with all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types sleep
up to four people. Others are appointed with a queen bed, small
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or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's
more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major
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Where the Columbia
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lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries
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beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway
Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town
secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside,
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A spouting horn
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Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling
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