Date: August 29, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: Sunshine with a few moments of marine layer
Temperature: start 55º
Wildlife count: Gray whales, Black-tailed deer, Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions, Steller Sea Lions
Birds: Pigeon Guillemot, Red-necked Phalarope, Bald Eagle (juvenile), Osprey, Common Murre, Brown Pelicans, Western Gulls, Canada Geese, Black Oystercatcher
Ron and Nancy joined us for breakfast at the Minute Café – it was good to catch up on stories. Since it was Wednesday, we went first to the Coos Farmer’s Market, buying 9 grain sourdough bread, green beans, sweet corn, peaches, squash and a purple pepper.
In to Charleston, we stopped at the Fisherman’s Wharf to buy tuna. However, the boat had not yet come in, so no tuna was available, but we tagged 2 fish, with the idea that the boat would dock later in the day. We visited Simpson’s Reef – a perfect day on the overlook – sunny and no wind, and Ron and Nancy got to see several thousand animals through the scope. Our next stop was Cape Arago, where we watched two Gray whales diving for food. The Marine Layer was up high, so the ocean was streaked with white and pink layers. We watched the whale and the entire ocean view changed – it was lovely. We couldn’t miss Shore Acres and enjoyed a stroll through the gardens.
When we checked on our tuna, the ship had not come in, and was not expected until tomorrow, so we bought just enough tuna for dinner. When we got back, we enjoyed happy hour, and I marinated the tuna. Dinner was corn on the cob, grilled peaches, garlic bread, grilled tuna and Blackberry Somemores bars. What a great fresh meal! We drove Ron and Nancy around the loops, showed them our lighthouse and after taking them back to their motel, we are home for the evening.