Based on my previous posts, some of you may be wondering “What critters did they happen upon now?” Only the best kind…..
It was a lazy morning as I sat sipping my second cup of coffee. Picking up my cell phone to check messages, I read a text from our Reno friend, Erin Schiller. What?! I re-read the message: “Are you at Bullards Beach?” She thought she saw our car and rig during her morning walk! “Are you HERE?” I questioned. What a wonderful surprise for us all! Erin and her family were on vacation travelling south on the Oregon coast and had just stopped in the night before. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them before they continued their journey just a couple hours later. Wow! We expect to look up friends and family on our travels as we pass through their hometowns but it was it was an unexpected treat to meet up with friends from “home” on the road. Thank you Erin, Steve and Alex for sharing your time with us!
Tomorrow we abandon Bandon and head for Florence, OR. Over the past two weeks, we slipped in tide pools,
….walked miles of sandy beaches,
….strolled through quaint Old Town Bandon, gawked at hundreds (maybe thousands?) of seals and sea lions at the Simpson Reef Overlook (the largest population on the Oregon coast for migrating marine mammals), strolled through the beautiful botanical gardens at Shore Acres State Park, ran up and down mighty sand dunes,
…climbed up three lighthouse towers,
….and camped! Camped? Yes. You see, Betty provides a very comfy living for us. So, one evening we donned our old jeans and sweatshirts, bought some firewood, served dinner on paper plates and ate by the firelight of our campfire. Of course, dinner was barbecued on our gas grill. For dessert we roasted marshmallows. When we ran out of wood, Greg scavenged dry branches on the campsite. A hot shower in the rig and a comfy “sleep number” bed made it a perfect evening. Tonight, another camp out is planned.
Our latest lighthouse adventures included the Cape Arago Lighthouse and the Umpqua River Lighthouse. The Cape Arago LH is not open to the public but can be viewed from a distance.
The Umpqua River LH was originally built in 1857 but fell into the river in 1861 after sand eroded under the foundation. The current structure was built 30 years later in 1887 and is the identical sister to the Heceta Head LH, the next lighthouse on our list.
Both are illuminated with unique, distinctive red and white flashes through the Fresnel Lens.
Signing off now….campfire awaits.