A regal welcome to Waldport

We finished our week in Bandon, and with much regret we moved up the Oregon coast to Waldport for a week.

We should’ve known better than to worry about the things we were leaving…there’s always so much wonderful stuff to greet us in a new place!

You know, like Bald Eagles!

We parked on the Alsea River, and before I finished setting up the Big Taxi, Robyn had already spotted an eagle flying around the bay directly across from us!

But it was foggy, so we didn’t chase it…figuratively…to see if there’s a mate and a nest around.

Ran 10 miles down to Yachatz this morning, because it’s one of our favorite towns.

Sure enough, one of Robyn’s friends flew right over to say hi!DSC_1905

We celebrate five years!

Today marks five years since we moved all our earthly possessions into the Big Taxi and began traveling!

We’ve learned so much, and seen so much, and enjoyed so much!

It has been fun in recent months to include stops to see more of you and other dear friends and family!

We still have so many places we want to explore. It seems everywhere we stop, the longer we’re there, the more we find to enjoy…and the sooner we want to return! The list is getting long….

If you are not friends on Facebook with Robyn, you are missing her photos from our travels that share a closer view of what we’re doing than mine here. She’s Robyn Fell, Hobart Tasmania when you search on FB.

I leave you with one of my most cherished photos.DSC_3601

Not a lighthouse

Well, it’s actually a lighthouse, but even through two different names it’s never been called a lighthouse.

We gave you a peek through old pilings yesterday. Today, we gaze at the Coquille River Light across a bit of flooded area and the Coquille River, just short of where the river empties into the Pacific.

This edifice was originally called Bandon Light. It operated for about 45 years, but was decommissioned in 1939. Restoration has occurred in various stages since 1976.

This is our parting shot from being parked for a week in Bandon. We could easily have spent a month.DSC_1532

Is that one of those….

As we peer across the Coquille River from the south jetty in Bandon, it sure looks like a lighthouse in the distance.

Didn’t I just complain a week or so ago that lighthouses seemed few and far between up this coastline?

Now they’re everywhere.

Ahhh, but this is the Coquille River Light.

The lightkeepers house got blasted in a storm some years ago and they didn’t rebuild it. The light was decommissioned nearly 50 years ago, but was renovated over the past 10 years. It’s now part of a state park.DSC_1506

Back to the bay

Our attraction to Coos Bay is actually for Cape Arago, an extended state park area located just south of the point where the bay empties into the ocean. We made another run to the cape during our week in Bandon.

There are actually 4 state parks along Cape Arago Highway in a four-mile stretch past Charleston where the highway crosses the bay’s South Slough.

Each offers something different, and we enjoy spending time in them all.

One of them, Shore Acres, has a very formal manicured garden area that would provide exquisite photo opportunities in the right light and right seasons of the year.

Shore Acres also offers views of the coastline that are remarkable beyond words. The two photos below were taken from the same spot…the first while turned northward, and the second while turned southward.

The shore at this point offers a substantial challenge to the ocean…and the ocean seems determined to undertake that challenge.DSC_1366


Lighting the way to Coos Bay

We’ve been here before, but I never tire of Cape Arago.

It’s situated along the coast south of where Coos Bay opens into the ocean.

Getting to it can be seriously un-inspiring. Driving up through the town of Coos Bay, you’re surrounded by industrial developments that have not aged well. Things seem to be holding together, but just barely.

They certainly have not made the most of this massive bay that forms a horseshoe around the city. We haven’t explored it thoroughly, so we might have missed some high points…but we’re not inspired to explore it much more!

However, the coastline south from the bay outlet offers enough to almost offset everything else!

On this day’s trip, we ran up to the Cape from Bandon in time to catch a few brief moments between rain squalls near sunset.

Worth it.DSC_0857

On a brighter note

We left the coach earlier than usual, on a windy, chilly, day that showed promise of sunshine.

Both we and the boys were reluctant to engage in the work necessary to get down the flights of steps to the beach in Bandon…so we enjoyed a stroll along the paved walkway that follows much of the shoreline in the center of town.

The roof in the foreground here is a house that is still safely up the hill from any possible wave action…short of a tsunami…but you can see how far below the top it is. The owners and their visitors must park off-street and walk down the steps you see at the far right!DSC_1127

Just beyond the point of land seen at the top in the photo above, I took the next photo. Do you see why they call the island in the center of the picture Face Rock?

Do you see the gulls on its lower lip and chin? You can click once to have the picture fill your screen, or click twice for it to be its native size.DSC_1135

This last picture shows the coastline north from Face Rock. See the man on the sand close to the middle of the scene? He helps give perspective to the length of the run-up for waves even here at low tide, and to the various sizes of rocks that populate this portion of the Oregon coast.DSC_1139