This morning I headed back to US 101 to continue my southward journey. I stopped at several view points: Umpqua River Lighthouse, Coos Bay, Bandon State Natural Area, Humbug Mountain State Park (Don't you just love that name?), several points on the State Scenic Corridor and, finally, at Whale Head. All of these were well worth the time. It was foggy again. No doubt that's the norm for this area.
The Umpqua River Lighthouse, built 1891-1894, is six miles south of Reedsport above the mouth of Winchester Bay. Its illumination was changed from oil to electricity in 1934. The conical tower is 65 feet tall and the elevation is 165 feet. The visibility is 19 miles seaward. It is a lovely little lighthouse.
At Bandon State Natural Area I had an amusing experience. I saw a bird walking along the grassy area at the edge of the view point, so I tried to take its picture. As I moved closer, the bird walked faster and faster. I veered off to photograph something else and the bird perched on the guardrail. I took its picture and started to leave. It then flew back to the grassy area. This time I just opened my door and zoomed in on it to get the shot I had wanted all along!
The State Scenic Corridor is aptly named. There are many beautiful vistas along the route.
Tonight my home is at Harris Beach State Recreation Area. It is a beautiful park about ten miles from the California state line, so this will be my last night in Oregon.