Our summer 2012 RV trip to Michigan travel blog

We were passed by a Corvette parade on the way up I-5

We played golf that evening at Sunset Bay golf club right next...

The third green

The ranger program that night was on the mountain lion

Next morning tidepooling was the ranger talk topic

Ranger Stephanie, our guide

A starfish

An anemone out of water

Purple sea urchin

Anemone in the water

Starfish and green sea anemone

Cape Blanco lighthouse

A bunker that was a lookout post for World War II

Boys will be boys

Part of the bunker

Looking up the air vent

Seal rock

The Oregon coast

The Empire Cafe in Coos Bay

Dining room

Great salmon dinner

Shore Acres State Park



Who would think a palm would grow here?







A deer crossed our path

Having stayed at Sunset Bay before we knew spaces were tight. We reserved A33 thinking it wouldn't be too bad but that was not the case. Richard did his best but it was not pretty. The rangers were very nice about the ruts and actually filled them in for us. Last time we stayed in B2, much better site.

The ranger programs were terrific, the tide pooling was great although we noticed that we are not as nimble as we were last time which is not saying much. The hike to the World War II bunker was very interesting. We learned a lot.

On the night of June 21, 1942, a Japanese submarine fired seventeen shells at Fort Stevens, near Astoria. Most of the shells landed in a swampy area at the edge of the fort; some exploded on the beach or buried themselves in the sand. The shelling caused no damage, and although some soldiers were eager to return fire, they were ordered not to. Because of the incident, Fort Stevens has the distinction of being the only military installation in the continental United States to be fired on since the War of 1812.

On September 9, 1942, a small plane carrying a pilot and copilot was catapulted off the deck of a Japanese submarine near Brookings. The men flew over the Siskiyou National Forest and dropped incendiary bombs, but they did not succeed in igniting anything which was their purpose. The incendiary devices were a Japanese strategy to set forest fires along the West Coast to divert American attention from the war. In May 1945, a Japanese incendiary balloon exploded at a church picnic near the eastern Oregon town of Bly, killing the minister’s pregnant wife and five of the children in a Sunday school class. The balloon had reportedly floated 6,200 miles on air currents before coming to earth near the Klamath County town. Oregon was the only American state to suffer civilian casualties during World War II, and one of the only states to be both shelled and bombed by a wartime enemy. The reason for the bunkers.

The golf course right next door to the campground is challenging for a 9-hole course. It was late in the day when we started and the wind was cold so we only played 6 holes, walking. Those new walking carts we have are great.

We ate at the Empire Cafe, a very upscale restaurant for Coos Bay, recommended by Trip Advisor. It was very good.

A visit to Shore Acres State Park on the day we were leaving was delightful but it was cool and cloudy and misty.

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