Covered Bridges and Lighthouses: A Fascinating Part of the Pacific Northwest

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In 2004, we travelled with our 5th wheel to Washington and Oregon, going as far south as the Dunes area near Florence, Oregon.

Part of our trip included a visit to some of Oregon’s covered bridges and lighthouses.  There are 50 covered bridges in Oregon and 12 lighthouses.  Near Cottage Grove, we saw the Mosby Creek Bridge, which is Lane County’s oldest bridge.  Built in 1920 for $4,125.00, it was named for pioneer David Mosby who arrived in the area in 1853 and claimed 1,600 acres near Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Mosby Creek Covered Bridge

The Currin Bridge, pictured below, was also named for an early pioneer family in the area and is also known as the Row River Bridge because it crosses the Row River.  Built in 1883 by Nels Roney for a total cost $1,935, the bridge was replaced in 1925. County employees re–built it for $4,205 saving taxpayers $2,495 [the lowest outside bid was $6,250].

Design elements for the Currin Bridge include single-piece hand hewn chords, cross-wise planking on the approaches, and a corrugated metal roof.

We also toured lighthouses in both Washington and Oregon.  The Yaquina Bay lighthouse located near Newport, Oregon, is pictured below:

From “The story of the lighthouse began in 1871 when Yaquina Bay was a bustling port, the most populated along the West Coast between San Francisco and the Puget Sound. The Lighthouse Board determined there was a need for a lighthouse to guide traffic into the bay and in April 1871, 36 acres were purchased at the north entrance of the bay from Lester and Sophrina Baldwin, original homesteaders, for $500 in gold.”

Newport, Oregon is located on the Central Coast of Oregon and is a charming town, with many attractions including the Oregon Coast Aquarium.   It has numerous shops, restaurants, accommodations to suit every budget and taste and miles of sandy beaches.

Yaquina Bay Bridge: This masterpiece and Oregon coast landmark was designed by Conde B. McCullough – one of numerous functional and beautiful bridges he designed in Oregon in the 1920’s and 30’s. The bridge is at the south part of Newport, Oregon on US Highway 101. []

For driving directions and maps, visit:

We also made a stop in Port Townsend, Washington.  Port Townsend is a historical town situated at the northeast tip of the Quimper Penisula. It is an artist’s hangout and boasts many art galleries. Many boatbuilders making their living there due to its active marina.

Port Townsend has numerous choices for accommodation ranging from camping right on the beach to private home-style vacation rentals and everything in between, including a hostel.  The Fort Worden State Park has two campgrounds, the upper campground and the beach campground.  The upper campground has 30 water and electrical sites (and a dumping station); the beach campground has 50 full service sites.  Non-serviced sites are also available at both campgrounds and each campground has showers and restrooms.   source:

Port Townsend hosts a jazz workshop every summer and musicians play all week at the various clubs and bars in Port Townsend.

For maps, driving directions and more, see:

The Point Wilson lighthouse [left] is located at the Fort Worden State Park.  It was built in 1913 and is a working lighthouse.  Fully automated in 1976, it is run by the Coast Guard from Port Angeles.  Tours are available from May to September on Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

For more information on lighthouses in the Pacific Northwest, visit:

Pictures courtesy Randy Dueck.

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©2008 Kathy Dueck and Big Noise Writing

Check your brain at the door???

DH and I were @ our Bible Study the other night – though the Bible wasn’t opened nor passages of Scripture even referred to in the study.  We are studying the book “Do Science and the Bible Conflict” from the “Tough Questions” series from Willow Creek.

This series “primary audience is the not-yet-convinced seeker, these guides are designed to represent the skeptical, along with the Christian perspective.” [from the book]

First of all neither Dh nor I are getting a darn thing out of it.  Secondly,  discussion #2 entitled “Why are so few Scientists Christians” states “…There’s something in our psyche which imagines that the skeptical, questioning scientist does not fit with the faith-filled anti-intellectual religious person.  The scientist takes nothing for granted; the religious person believes what he is told to believe.”  [emphasis mine].

Trust me I am not making this up.  This has actually really peed me off.  Is this spiritual abuse or just extremely demeaning and insulting to Christians to imply we are all a bunch of idiots who follow our Leader blindly without question [wait a minute isn’t that a cult?]

If I was a “not-yet-convinced seeker”, studying this book wouldn’t entice me to becoming a Christian – if it meant that I had to check my brain at the door.