More Time On The Southern Oregon Coast

It is getting to be late August and nearing the time we plan to start our trek back to Arizona.  No route set yet, but probably east through Idaho and then south through Utah. I suppose that we ought to make up our minds soon. We do plan to go ride the mail boat on the Rogue River which we haven’t done in many years after we leave here. After that probably back north to see some of my family before we start the big drive.

Paige, Delaney, and Laura
Paige, Delaney, and Laura in Newport

We have enjoyed having our extended family here in bits and pieces. First we got to see Laura and the girls. Unfortunately schedules precluded any more than just meeting up for an afternoon in Newport but we had a great time.  The first stop was Mo’s for lunch.  (For the who don’t know the central Oregon coast, Mo’s is a must do great seafood restaurant and a tradition that has grown from a tiny little cafe on the Yaquina Bay waterfront into a small chain.)  After lunch we did some sight-seeing and shopping.  Hopefully next time we will have more time together.

The Whole Gang
The Whole Gang
On The Beach
On The Beach

John, Missy, Jasmine, and Tyler were able to spend a few days with us camping out. We got to play on the beach, have a few cookouts, do a little sight-seeing and generally just have fun.

The Cosarts
The Cosarts

And then we got to spend just short of two days with Elaine’s sister and brother-in-law. They arrived in time for happy hour so we got to kick off our time with a small party followed by dinner off the barbeque. The next day weather was the absolute best it could be so after a sour-dough pancake breakfast we went back to see Shore Acres State Park again this time in the sunshine.  We found fresh crab in Charleston, Oregon on the way back to the rig so we all got to have a big crab salad for dinner. Thank you Bill, for buying the crab before I noticed. I did not expect that! It sure was good.

Lots of Mushrooms
Lots of Mushrooms

After a little rain I am finally finding chanterelle mushrooms. Oh lucky me! Elaine and I gathered this nice plateful in a little over an hour. And I just had to gather and dry one more batch of lobster mushrooms while I could.

Street Sign
Street Sign

Someone in Charleston, Oregon had a sense of humor when they named this street! I wish I could live on Guano Rock Avenue or maybe in Toad Suck, Arkansas. (We looked at a house there once when we lived in the Little Rock area, but unfortunately we did not like it.)

We’ve had a lots of fun and seen many new places. We will be heading out for more adventures on September 1st as we meander toward home.

Hope you have enjoyed the ride so far and that you can look in again soon,

The Random Rover

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Lighthouses and Bridges

The juxtaposition of man’s mechanical structures and the randomness of nature is an invitation to dramatic scenery. Bridges are imposing, massive intrusions into the natural world while lighthouses are diminutive spots tenaciously clinging in the most foreboding locations. Both are often fine examples of large-scale frugality. Designed as aids to travel in difficult surroundings and built with economy of material and time. They are mechanical marvels and art combined at locations of natural grandeur. All of that and a lot of history wrapped up in neat packages.

Since I did these pictures as galleries you should be able to “double-click” them and see larger versions in a slide show format.


I keep gravitating to and taking pictures of bridges and lighthouses because I am attracted to them and hope that you enjoy them also.
Traveling the country and seeing all that I can,
Your Random Rover,
Gordon

On the southern Oregon coast

Bandon Lighthouse across the bay at Bullards Beach
Bandon Lighthouse across the bay at Bullards Beach

Bandon, OR

We keep coming back to Bandon because there is so much to see here.  We first traveled here together in the 70’s and since that time it has grown from a sleepy small town into a bustling tourist hub. The bayfront wharf at Bandon features numerous chainsaw carvings and the shopping is fun. There are trinket and gift shops, craft and art galleries, bait and tackle stores, and much more. Don’t miss the “Cranberry Sweet Shop” or the “Bandon Fish Market and Chowder House” which are my personal favorites. You can also launch your boat or hire a guide to go fishing or sightseeing.

Bandon Wharf
Bandon Wharf

Or walk the beach.

Some of the Beaches at Bandon
Some of the Beaches at Bandon

Shore Acres State Park

Between Sunset Bay and Cape Arago lies Shore Acres Park which was originally part of a private estate built by Louis J Simpson  a pioneer shipbuilder and lumberman.  The Oregon state park system acquired  the property in 1942 and has restored the formal gardens for the enjoyment of all.

From The Pool
From The Pool
Portraits at Shore Acres
Portraits at Shore Acres
A Fountain, Elaine at the Garden, and the Koi Pond
A Fountain, Elaine at the Garden, and the Koi Pond

Local Harvest

I have been finding, harvesting, drying, and eating lobster mushrooms! They pop up after each spell of dampness. Mostly we have been having very nice sunshine and blue sky, but this is the coast so sometimes we do get cold damp fog and mist for which the proper euphemism is “marine air”. No rain so far. Hopefully the chanterelles will start to appear before we have to leave as they are Elaine’s favorites.

Lobster Mushrooms
Lobster Mushrooms

Coos Bay Military Wagon Road

On a whim Gordon, the ever intrepid (or is that foolish), decided to drive the Coos Bay Military Wagon Road from Looking Glass, Oregon to Fairview, Oregon. The road meanders through the imposingly beautiful Oregon Coast Range very closely following the east fork of the Coquille River north of State Route 42. Both highway 42 to the south and 38 to the north are the very pretty roads that sane people drive to get from Roseburg to Coos Bay or Reedsport. But not Gordon today, he takes a narrow, one lane in places, winding, steep, roller coasters are flat and straight (when was the last time you saw a corner posted at 10 miles per hour?), and partially unpaved, that is miles of potholes, washboard, dirt, and loose gravel road that takes its toll on the driver but is well worth the trouble. It is not maintained in the winter so don’t even consider it then, however in the summer it is well worth the effort and time. Roseburg to Coos Bay should take a little less than 2 hours on highway 42 on the wagon road allow at least 4 hours. We only stopped to take this one picture and it manages to say it all.

Waterfall on the East Fork of the Coquille River
A Waterfall on the East Fork of the Coquille River

I will no doubt add another installment before we head on, but for now this will have to do. We are having a grand time finding new things to see and do in these old stomping grounds. We are looking forward to seeing our extended family in the coming couple of weeks.

Smiles on faces are contagious.

Your Random Rover, Gordon