The ride from Lincoln City to Newport was in pleasant weather and I witnessed lovely sights of the rugged west coast shores and incredible rock formations. Along the way I stopped at Depoe Bay which is the world’s smallest harbor and also a whale spotting station. From the station, if you are lucky you can spot humpback whales in the ocean migrating to warmer waters off the coast of Mexico. Just before I arrived at Newport, a major port city, I stumbled upon the fabulous Yaquina head lighthouse, one of the first of the many I would visit in coming days. One of my schoolmates from the Army Public School ( 1986 ) was driving down from Salem to meet me so I stayed at the Travelodge in the downtown area. It cost me 45 USD and it was worth it.