Date: August 16, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: sunny with a little marine layer
Temperature: start 52º
Wildlife count: Ground Squirrel, Steller Sea Lion
Birds: Double-crested, Pelagic & Brandt’s Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Turkey Vulture, Tundra Swan, Brown Pelican, Heerman’s & Western Gulls, Canada Geese, Black Oystercatcher, Robin
We picked up the gals and drove up to Reedsport for breakfast at the Main Street Café – we were a little disappointed, as it was not nearly as good as it has been in the past. We decided we won’t go back there.
We were on the first Dunebuggy out at 11:15, and since we had made reservations early, we were in the front seats. It was a great ride – sunny most all the way, and not too much wind. Lydia had a blast, as well as the rest of us.
Traveling north, we stopped at the Devil’s Churn, a lava fissure that allows the ocean waves to roil and boil up into the chasm. It is great to watch. From sea level at Devil’s Churn, we ascended Cape Perpetua up 725’ to amazing views, both north and south. With the Marine Layer curving around the headlands looking south, to the Layer just touching the coast gazing north, the views were extraordinary. If the wind had not been blowing so hard, we would have stayed longer. We ended at the Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center, which has great exhibits, as well as lots of agates. That prompted a stop at the beach to look for agates – we decided the south coast has much better rocks.
Dinner was in Reedsport at the Harbor House, where the Chowder Supreme included their great clam chowder topped with Dungeness & shrimp, covered with toasted cheese and garlic bread on the side. It was outstanding. It has been a terrific day, and all are tired.