Date: August 3, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: sunny in Bandon; Foggy, windy, miserable in Charleston
Temperature: start 57º
Wildlife count: Pine Squirrel, chipmunk, California Sea Lion
Birds: Swainson’s Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Steller Jay, Oystercatcher, Osprey, Crows, Robin
When we left Bandon, the sun was shining and the forecast was for 70°, so we dressed appropriately in layers. However, when we arrived at Simpson’s Reef, the fog was so dense that we could not see water. We all sat in the car for over an hour, and decided to go have lunch, which we did at the Empire Café. We had French Onion Soup, which was very good. Instead of desert at the fancy café, we opted for a DQ on the way back to Simpson’s Reef. It was still socked in, so we decided to call it a day.
When we were about 5 miles north of Bandon, the fog lifted and the sun appeared – Bandon had been in sunshine the entire time! Sooo, we did a little problem solving. We had bought a used generator for our Alaska trip, and in order to determine if we could carry it in the truck on the way home, we pulled in all of the slides and hooked up the 5th wheel to the truck. Problem solved – we can’t keep the generator in the truck and pull the rig, so we have to find a different solution. While we were at it, we put a 1x12 under the south wheels, so the rig sits better. In no time we were sitting in the sunshine and relaxing.
Dinner was a concoction of left-over hamburger, veggies, pasta and homemade Alfredo sauce. We walked the loops, visiting with friends, and then relaxed for the evening.