Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Tillicum Beach Campground

On the way down the coast today, we stopped at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, one of the places we were thinking about volunteering sometime. We had pictures of the volunteer sites overlooking the ocean. Well, they don't. The volunteers are stuck in an area with absolutely no view of anything! Additionally, we found out from someone who has volunteered there that the volunteers work 4 hours per day 5 days a week, which doesn't leave much time for exploring the coast. I like the schedule we had at Malheur NWR a lot better...8 hours per day 3 days a week. That left 4 days that we could get away.

We're spending the next couple of days at Tillicum Beach Campground, a Siuslaw National Forest campground between Waldport and Yachats. When we drove in, we saw on the sign that "regular" sites were $20 and "premium" sites (with water and electric) were $25 (of course, we pay half price with our Golden Age Passport card). We ended up in a premium site, not because we needed water and electric, but because it was one of the few sites where we would be able to get our satellite Internet dish set up (and all the ocean-side sites were full).

Later in the day, one of the hosts came around and wanted $5 more. Turns out that the small print on the sign as you come into the park says that if you actually use the electric and/or water in the premium site (for which you're already paying more), it's another $5 per day! What a rip off! Why don't they just make the fee for the premium sites $30 per day instead of $25 plus $5 for use of the utilities? Who's going to be in a premium site and not use the utilities?

Miles driven: 74.8
GPS coordinates: N44 22.008 / W124 05.537

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