Oregon Bound and Down... travel blog

Our first view of the coast from our hike

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Kathy looking north to Blacklock Point

Fern unfolding

Wildflower meadow near cemetery

Pioneer Cemetery - all born in Ireland

Port Orford jail

Port Orford Harbor - all boats lifted....

out of the water every day!

Date: June 14, 2012

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

Weather: bright, brilliant sunshine

Temperature: start 51º

High 63º

Wildlife count:

Birds: Bewick’s Wren, Osprey, Wild Turkey, Spotted Towhee, Robin, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Turkey Vulture, Raven, Crow, Purple Finch, Orange-crowned Warbler, White-crowned Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Wilson’s Warbler, Common Murre, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese, Cedar Waxwing, Rufous Hummingbird, Song Sparrow

As it was a sunlit, calm morning, we walked out almost to the Horse Camp and then back along the river, birding as we went. What a beautiful morning! We prepared sausage and egg burritos with all the fixin’s when we got back.

We sure didn’t want to waste a day like today, so we headed south and stopped at Cape Blanco State Park, where our friends Grant and Kathy volunteer in the lighthouse this month. As we drove in, they had just begun a bird walk, soooooooo, we stopped, parked the car and joined them. They had the day off as well, so it was a serendipitous day!

We had a great hike through the forest eventually opening out to a beautiful view of the coast. From there, we walked on the road to the Pioneer Cemetery, where all of the graves were people from Ireland, born in the mid 1800’s. They must have escaped here from the potato famine. What a difficult life of depredation that must have been. We wondered if they had travel exclusively by ship, or had traveled by land across the US. It would have been hard no matter HOW they traveled.

After all of our hiking, we were hungry, so we stopped at Bonnie’s in Port Orford for lunch. John enjoyed fish and potato salad, while the rest of us relished clam chowder and crab cakes or a sandwich. We took Grant and Kathy home to see their new campsite, which is really lovely.

On our way home, we stopped at the FWS office and spoke with Dave and picked up the car in preparation for tomorrow. When we got home, we sat in the sunshine watching our local birds. Dinner was a delightful salad with greens, mandarin oranges, slivered almonds, sugar snap peas, shredded cheese and warm shredded pork. What a treat!

It was still beautiful after dinner, so we drove out North Bank to Rocky Point and then found the eagle’s nest on Randolph Road. We stopped at the SEA office to drop off equipment and share with Marty and Pat the location of the nest, as they had been looking for it. We are crashed for the evening.

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