We have had a wonderful week at Winchester Bay. We will be leaving in the morning heading to Brookings, Oregon, about 4 miles from the California line. This will be the last journal post from the area.
We are pleased to report Jerry spotted one Gray Whale, we saw tons of seals and sea lions, we even had two Harbor seals in the bay in front of our campsite. I have also added a lot of new birds to my bird list, including the Rufous Hummingbird and Surf Scoters that look like Puffins. It has been a superb week for birding.
I would also like to thank our good friends, Gordon & Juanita Pierce, for recommending this awesome place to us. We met them while visiting Valdez, Alaska, last summer. They told us about a place they have been visiting for years on the Oregon Coast. We had never heard of Winchester Bay and greatly appreciate that tip. We will definitely be back whenever we are in the area.
I have added a lot of pictures to show you all the great places we visited while staying in Winchester Bay. We visited Shore Acres State Park yesterday. I have to tell you this is one of the most beautiful areas of the coast I have seen. It was once owned by a lumber baron, Louis J. Simpson. I can tell you this man had it made. :-) His mansion was located right where the Observatory Building is located now. The views are incredible. A short walk away was his own private beach, now called Simpson Beach.
A short walk from the beach is where his huge gardens are located. I have seen pictures showing the gardens in bloom and they were outstanding. They even decorate them at Christmas time and other holidays with a dazzling display of holiday lights. We visited at the wrong time, the blooms are just about to open and they were all working filling in the empty places etc. I can imagine how beautiful it is going to be when all the azaleas, roses and dahlias are blooming.
Today is cleaning and packing day. We are busy getting everything back in order for the road. Brookings will be our last stop in Oregon. We are planning to explore the state of California next. More later from Brookings.