Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sea Grass to Seals

May 28 - June 4, 2019
Bandon, Oregon


A sunny drive north on Hwy 101 takes us to the little town of Bandon, Oregon. Our park is on the south side with easy access right off the highway. Bandon-by-the-Sea RV Park has a few trees, but mostly open-sky sites. Our pull-through site is level concrete with a large grass yard. We're on the back row so we have a nice view of forest. Except for the weekend, no neighbors. Very, very quiet. We like it here.

Its chilly and windy for most of our week-long stay, but the sun is out every day. We spend our time exploring more of the beautiful Oregon coast, or visiting with our high-school friend Turk who lives in Coos Bay. He is the oldest brother of our good friend in Tombstone.


Bradley Lake

Giant lily pads

China Creek reaches the ocean.
After it meanders through the grassy dune.

The hat is good for sun, not so much for wind!

Sea Grass

Devil's Kitchen
Face Rock

From the Coquille jetty to Bullards Beach

More of these pinnacles than we've seen elsewhere.
Turk and Bill in Coos Bay

In addition to the good company, having a local guide means seeing awesome hidden surprises.

Cape Arago Lighthouse

Seal Rock. The pics of the Harbor Seals didn't come out, but these huge sea lions were very photogenic - and noisy!

Nap time for most.
We celebrate four years on the road on May 31 - reflections in a separate post. 

Turk comes for lunch on Sunday, and we just hang out and laugh and share memories. We might be from a small town, but we sure have big stories!

Our last day is cold and windy - so let's go see the lighthouses because it's never more windy there :-))

Coquille River Lighhouse


Before the hat blew 1/4 mile down the beach!

Never too windy for zoomies!
Cape Blanco is a beauty, and the western most place on the Oregon Coast.

Catching the light.

The wind nearly blows my legs out from under me - let's get back in the Jeep!
Good times in beautiful places are always made even better with the addition of old friends. Sure glad we got to spend some time with Turk!




22 comments:

  1. You've certainly had a great 4yr road trip! Journeys, destinations, friends, family ... it's been great fun being able to tag along.

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    1. Great to have you along for the ride Jeff!!

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  2. Life is good! Beautiful photos Jodee!

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  3. After living in San Diego all my life it always surprises me how cold OR beaches are! But at least you had sun!

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    1. We're loving the cool temps with the bright blue skies. Perfect for us!

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  4. Love the Northwest coast...even if it's windy and chilly. It is totally so not like the Florida beaches I grew up going to. I will never forget the first time visiting there. Your beautiful photos sparked very fond memories ! Thank you Jodee! Gay

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    1. These beaches are really special. Only the Maine coast compares for us.

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  5. One of the best things about the Oregon coast is the cool, breezy weather...during the summer heat. It is amazing how much colder it is right on the coast than a few miles inland. It's always jeans weather there! Looks like another great time with a friend. Lovely photos, Jodee!

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    1. I love a summer I can spend in long sleeves :)

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  6. Tilley hats have a system that keeps them on even in the wind. They were designed for sailors so they also float in case you forget to strap them on.

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  7. Four years!! How wonderful for you both :-) You've seen some amazing and some not so amazing places. I'm glad to be joining you on your journey :-)

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    1. So fun to have you and Ron along all this time!

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  8. Love that coast, Jodee. Never can get enough zoomies!

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    1. It's a wonderful place - especially for zoomies :-)))

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  9. We love Bandon. Your photos bring so many great memories flooding back to me! And you make me miss our "home" coast. Your photo of the sea lions is wonderful! And that sweet little Coquille River lighthouse.
    Enjoy your cool summer! (I mean that in more ways than one, LOL!)

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    1. Cool is the key word here - and we're loving it!

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  10. The Oregon coast is one of our favorite places, cannot wait to get back there!

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    1. As much as we enjoy other areas, there just isn't a better spot for summers :-)

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  11. Although I wouldn't want to live on the coast, I love Bandon. Even stayed at that RV park many years ago. So wonderful to meet up with more friends. And love seeing Tessa zooming on the beach.

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    1. We decided we couldn't live on the coast fulltime, even though it's so perfect for the summer.

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