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Morning mist in Bandon Harbor

Umpqua Lighthouse

Having fun

Lydia layered for the Dunebuggy ride

Melita getting ready

John set

Reba ready

Sand forever

Ocean view

Dunes move with the wind

Devil's churn

John at the churn

Crashing waves

From Cape Perpetua looking south

North - Yachats to Marine Layer

Sand patterns with rocks

North to Heceta Head

South from Heceta Head overlook

Date: August 16, 2012

Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon

Weather: sunny with a little marine layer

Temperature: start 52º

High 63º

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.

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