The Wonder of Life on the Road…….

This morning, I stepped into my running shoes and headed for the beach.  The path is so familiar now.   We walked, pedaled and drove it over the past week to its ocean end.  We trekked in the sand for a few miles in the morning and watched the sun set brilliantly in the evening.  Listening to the waves as I ran, I thought, “I love living near the beach”, for a time anyway.  Then it hit me!  This is the wonder of life on the road….to live by the beach or in a forest or near a big city or in the desert… experience what each new venue offers,  the people, history, sites, activities and especially catching up with friends and relatives along the way.  It feels perplexingly like home, for a time anyway.

Coquille River Lighthouse

Coquille River Lighthouse

So, our home for another week is on the Oregon coast at Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon. It’s a beautiful place to call “home”. Betty loves her private space secluded by tall trees and natural greenery with a spacious side yard.  Our neighborhood consists of 1,289 acres of forests, campgrounds, sand dunes and 4 miles of beach, plus access to the Coquille River Lighthouse.

Coquille River Lighthouse

This beacon dates back to 1896, was decommissioned in 1939 and restored in 1979 as an interpretive center.  We took the tour, including the spiral staircase up the tower to the watch level – what a view!
Thus began our quest to tour other lighthouses.  We drove south to the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest standing sentinel on the Oregon coast and our favorite so far!

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Commissioned in 1870, it sets on a cliff top 245 feet above the ocean at the westernmost point of the Oregon coast.  Its tower rises another 59 feet.This sentinel, established to aid shipping for the lumber and gold mining industries was renovated by the U.S. Coast Guard with automated equipment in 1980.

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

The tour portrayed “a day in the life” of the lighthouse keepers and their families who had to farm, raise cattle, etc. for their own sustenance.

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Relics (tools, log books, equipment) are displayed.  We climbed the original 59 foot spiral staircase to the watch level and the view was absolutely incredible!

Us in the Cape Blanco Watch Tower

Us in the Cape Blanco Watch Tower

Stuck in the past, we then ventured into the nearby historic Hughes House, an 1898 Victorian home built by early settlers Patrick and Jane Hughes.  And there she was….Jane Hughes, alive and well, having tea in the dining room with her neighbor, chatting about life on the ranch.

Well….  not really.  It was a portrayal put on by the literary society but, just for a brief moment I wanted to ask if I could have some tea and cookies too!  We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the architecture and our walk into the past.

Categories: On the Road


  1. Great pictures. Glad you are having a great time.


  2. Thanks for sharing – again. Keep them coming.


  3. I want to do this!!!! Great fun living vicariously through you two!


  4. Once again I am with Joni!
    What a beautiful place. So very glad the both of you are enjoying this!
    By the way, you both look great!


  5. We were sitting with Patty & Paul, Cindy & Tony last night wine tasting…wondering where in the world the Wags are, now we know. Thanks for sharing your adventures…..miss you guys


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Rosanne Wagstaff

Travel Writer

Out an' About

Loving life and Embracing a New Earth


Wild photos and the tales they tell

Alberta Skies RV

Living Life and Making Memories

Stubborn And Courageous

Stubborn And Courageous Adventures Reflecting the Father's Heart to The People.


Definition: A distinct kind or sort what liveth in man-made automobilehomes

Wags Wild Adventure

ad•ven•ture: an exciting or remarkable experience


The Mitch and Val "Roadshow"


The Wildlife in Nature

Tales from the Backroad

Art, travel, and livin' the life

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Live to Write - Write to Live

We live to write and write to live ... professional writers talk about the craft and business of writing

Lee Rentz Photography Journal

A journal of the thoughts, pictures, and adventures of photographer and writer Lee H. Rentz. Inspired by nature, with a passion for ideas both visual and literary.

Arizona Highways

Escape Explore Experience

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

Follow the Blonde Coyote and see more of the world!

Jim Caffrey Images Photo Blog

photography from the ground up

this is... The Neighborhood

the Story within the Story

%d bloggers like this: