Oregon Bound and Down... travel blog


Date: April 29, 2012

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

Weather: mostly cloudy, some sun breaks

Temperature: start 52º

High 62º

Wildlife count: Black-tailed Deer, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Semipalmated Plover, Godwit, Least Sandpiper, Western Gull, Osprey, Canada Geese, White-crowned Sparrow, Killdeer, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-wing Blackbird, Pelagic Cormorant

The phone rang this morning at 6:15 am – we guess it was a wrong number, because I didn’t wake up enough to get to the phone in time. So, we got up and got ready for church. Our church this morning was short and informal. Then we all went out to Bastendorf Beach as the “Church out of Church” to clean up the beach. It was a great experience.

After the beach clean-up, we ordered a pizza in Bandon, picked it up on the way to work and had a pizza picnic on China Creek. Our birding friends, Grant and Kathy, visited us there and we talked birds for quite a while. The sun came out and we were able to enjoy our job in shirt-sleeves, until the clouds rolled in.

The sky was striped with gray clouds, perhaps from the strong north winds, which allowed layers of sunshine to filter through. So the ocean blue showed ribbon after ribbon of gold, till it broke in waves on the shore. We understand that a storm is coming – the waves told the story, because even on the horizon – huge waves were in evidence!

When we got home, we check with the other volunteers about our Monday morning breakfast, and invited the new volunteers. Our latest friends, Les and Pam, came over for a visit, as they just arrived today. It has been a great day of making new connections.

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