It was an easy 82 mile drive from Brookings to Bandon, OR. A good bit of it was inland but we did view the ocean a couple of times. We are staying at the Bandon by the Sea RV Park about two miles south of Bandon. It is a pretty nice RV park, but definitely not a resort, where we have a 50 amp pull-through with full hookups, good Verizon and an easy shot to the satellite. The sites are about medium sized, not too small but not quite big enough.
Shortly after arriving we headed into old town Bandon and the wharf area to find something to eat. The RV Park host had recommended the Bandon Fish Market
and that recommendation was right on. It was probably the best seafood we have had on the coast and we have eaten several places to date. They have a small eating area inside for about 15 people and the room for about 20 more outside of this very small building. No matter where you eat, you receive your meal in a box full of great food, a plastic fork, salt and pepper, and a napkin. If you order take-out, you get the same thing.
After eating we took a short drive out to the shore drive loop and drove along the coast for a few miles, seeing the Coquille River Light
and some great views of the shoreline.
Saturday we headed south to Cape Blanco State Park located on, wait for this, Cape Blanco
. Cape Blanco and Cape Alava in Washington both lay claim to being the Westernmost point in the lower 48 states, depending on tides, yada, yada, yada. While there we had some great views of the coastline as well as the Cape Blanco Light
Coming off the Cape, we headed just a little farther South to Port Orford
. This town lays claim to the farthest western community in the lower 48. Port Orford is a unique fishing village in that it has no harbor but the beach area is on open coastline subject to storms. This requires the fishing boats to be stored in dry dock to keep from being destroyed in heavy weather. This hoisting of the boats also limits the boats size so that they cannot stray too far from shore while fishing.
Monday we headed for Cape Arago which is a cape a little north of Bandon and south of Coos Bay. But first, we wanted to head back into Old Town Bandon to take some pictures of this quaint area of old buildings which house shops and restaurants. We then headed north to Coos Bay and then over to the coast to come back down to Cape Arago. That highway also runs through Shore Acres State Park which has a very nice garden. This time of year annuals, a few perennials and roses are the main features of the park. Earlier in the spring there would have been a whole different display of flowers. Then, between Shore Acres and Cape Arago, there is a viewing area where you can see the Simpson Reef which is home to bunch of sea lions. The sea lions were there when we were (for a change) but it was low tide so they were much farther out than normal. We then came back to Bandon Fish Market for another great meal. This time we ordered take-out and took it back to the Mothership.
Tomorrow, we head to for Florence, OR for a five night stay.