For several years I have wanted to volunteer at any number of Oregon state parks. Other commitments kept me busy and unavailable but now, in a matter of days, I will get to do just that.
My volunteer assignment is at Umqua Lighthouse state park on Oregon’s central coast. Close by is Winchester Bay on the Umqua River, Reedsport and Coos Bay. Even Eugene is just a couple of hours away.
I am volunteering as Yurt Host which entails getting the yurts ready for guests, greeting them and sharing information about the area. When they leave I prep the yurts for the next visitors.
Umqua has nature trails, a lake for kayaking and, of course, the lighthouse which sits high up on the headlands rather than down close to the sea. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area runs parallel to the park.
I am excited to explore the area in depth; not just passing through as I did in 2016.
Here are some other things I am excited about:
* No sales tax…….on anything. Wait it gets better,
* It is illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon. Yes, attendants come out and pump the gas for you (just like in the old days).
* The latest report has Oregon gas prices at $2.50 per gallon. That is 50 cents less than here in California. Guess who is not filling up until she crosses the border!
* The entire coastline of Oregon is open to the public ~ you can be sure I will be sending out some stunning photos along the way.
oxo ~ Annie