Bandon on the beach

The shoreline at Bandon is generally a tall cliff.

The few places where it is low, the beach is just sand and water.

When the edge is tall, the beach gets interesting….

With these massive rocks they call islands. With smaller rocks toward shore from them, some with fantastic shapes.

All offer varying kinds of roosts for the constant ebb and flow of gulls and cormorants, and all kinds of anchors for the intertidal marine life.

All offer shade from the hot sun, and silhouettes for the setting sun.

And all offer various kinds of challenge to the ocean waves.

I hope you click on this image…in order to see all that’s going on in the details!DSC_0873

Just a bar of soap

If I’m going to take a shower, might as well use soap.

We meandered south from Bandon on a rainy day, and found ourselves back around Port Orford (remember “Ocean View” on the pavement?) just as the sun broke through!

Found a new beach to explore.

Huge rock formation at water’s edge, and we came up from behind one side. Heard the whump of waves hitting the other side, then saw spray towering over us before we even got near the other side!

Stand back, kids…this takes a professional.DSC_1277

They set a table for us

This massive rock is called an island hereabouts.

It’s named Table Rock.

On this day, a wave like this would hit the rock about every 3 or 4 minutes. When it did, the sound was a thud that could be heard for a mile.

I marvel at these waves…how they appear out of the depths near shore…the force they demonstrate when something gets in their way…and the beautiful way they display that force!

A sign on the hilltop near this feature said this shoreline used to extend almost 5 miles farther out to sea 12,000 years ago, and that these large, rocky features now off-shore exist because they have resisted the waters’ pounding.

Maybe I should marvel more at the rocks!

I hope you will click on this photo, so it will enlarge and you can better see details like the gulls seated on the table…except the ones startled by the exploding wave!DSC_0834

Hello Bandon

Just 82 miles north of our site in Brookings, we found the perfect spot to park for the next week: Robbin’s Nest RV Park.

Our Robyn used to have a vendor’s license in Dayton for the name Robyn’s Nest….

We’re outside Bandon, Oregon, a small town whose claim to fame seems to be its shoreline, and modest waterfront just as the Coquille River empties into the Big One. And tourists.

A year ago, we passed through here and stopped at Face Rock Creamery. We’d heard raves about its herb mac and cheese, and about the size of its scoops of ice cream. They make their own cheeses and ice creams.

Oh my, the herb mac and cheese is to die for, if you can even imagine! We won’t say anything more about the ice cream, because I’ve heard it said that gluttony is a sin….

Here’s a generalized shot of a small portion of the shoreline, taken from the high hilltop paved walk at the center of town. We’ll be down on the beach at a lower tide, getting up close and personal with some of the ocean-side features in the coming days.DSC_0822

Bye, bye Brookings

We’re leaving Brookings after only a week, because we need to get up the Oregon coast for an April wedding.

But parting is such sweet sorrow!

We’ve not been able to show you nearly as much as there is to see here because we had several days of rain. This town and its shoreline could easily occupy our attention for a month!

The following photos were taken within a minute of each other, from the same spot near our coach, just shooting sort-of north then turning mostly south. The clouds overhead changed right at my spot, and the late afternoon sun was getting thwarted in odd fashion by the clouds to the north.

But I wanted to show you the waves-out-of-nowhere, the multiple sets of waves, the lengthy sandy shoreline, and the gorgeous blue sky!DSC_0769

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Lights, camera…rain

We drove north from Brookings to check out a lighthouse.

Just north of Port Orford is Cape Blanco Lighthouse. Hwy 101 is inland quite a bit as it passes the Cape, so we drove over 5 miles from the highway just to get to the shore.

What’s this? The gate is closed. Ahh, low season…access to the lighthouse only occurs as part of a tour group, and they don’t run tours this time of year.

No problem, we can walk around the gate and hike the last quarter mile across a beautiful, rolling landscape that overlooks the ocean.

Uh, no, it’s raining.

So, you get a picture from the parking lot.DSC_0418

King of the hill

North of Brookings, Oregon, Hwy 101 makes a right-angle turn in the town of Port Orford.

If you’re driving south, the pavement actually continues straight, but it becomes a city street and runs up a fair hill.

The townspeople manage to grab your attention at this location by painting large letters on the pavement where it goes up the hill: OCEAN VIEW.

In fact, southbounders have been inland for about 20 miles, and that street offers them the first view of the ocean for awhile.

Of course, you turn the corner, and in just a block the road begins to run beside the shoreline again….

Which brings us to today’s photo.

Battle Rock is very nearly connected to the shoreline in Port Orford just a block from the “ocean view” street.

Its name derives from the effort of some Native Americans to convince some white people to go away who landed by ship and wanted to settle down right there.

The Indians threatened the handful of whites, who promptly removed themselves to the rock. Because it could only be approached by the one steep, narrow path, it was easily defended and the Indians were thwarted in their attack.

Of course, the whites were also stuck where they sat. However, the ship that delivered them returned in a couple weeks and they were saved.

We know how the ultimate battle ended, by the anglo name of the town….DSC_0413

Tidal pool action

The ocean’s intertidal zone…the portion of shoreline that is exposed between high tides and low tides…is fascinating to me.

I’d probably be even more fascinated with the area near shore that is always under water, but it’s off-limits to my camera….

But really, this intertidal zone is amazing, because not only do its denizens need to live with the nearly constant pounding of waves, they have to live under water for hours at a time, followed by living out of the water for hours at a time.

Salt water, at that. You know how damaging salt is to your lawn and yard, but these guys live in it.

In the photo below, the area in the foreground nearly covered in white foam is bare between waves. But you can also see on the large rock ahead and to the right a dark swath about three feet tall that is wet from recent water, and another swath above it with some yellowish growths on it. Both of those areas are underwater at high tide.DSC_0589

This sweet little anemone was just to the left in the picture above, and getting dashed with every wave. Just after I took this picture, a wave dumped sand and small pebbles on top of it, which almost folded it in half! The tide was coming in, so I was unable to get a further picture.

What a life!DSC_0600

A bangin good sunset

We made a run back down the coast to deliver some driftwood to Grandpa Fell that had somehow found its way into the trunk of the Lil Taxi.

Well, it was a good excuse to see him and Grandma Lois.

We took along some outstanding Thai food we had found in Brookings (who knew we could find such a jewel here on the Oregon coastline amidst the towering trees and fresh fish?).

And on the way back, we were able to catch one last splash along the shore of Crescent City.

Check out the birds silhouetted along the top edge of the big rock….DSC_9856

Thar she blows

Even on a rainy day we have entertainment in the coach!

Look what was right outside our front window. (click to make a photo bigger)DSC_0711

I sat in the driver’s seat and shot these through the window!DSC_0716

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Check out the white portion of the body at one end, then black toward the tail (or fluke).DSC_0652