Ramblin' Vagabonds...Living Life North of Our Michelins travel blog

Popular Harris Beach State Park north of Brookings in Southern Oregon

Whale's Head Rock along the Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Arch Rocks

Ocean trash that travels from Japan is common on these beaches

Scenic Cape Arago Lighthouse near Charleston

Cape Arago Highway, near Charleston, OR

Coos Bay tug boat out our windshield while staying at the Mill...

Cargo ship out our window

Shore Acres State Park....between Coos Bay and Bandon

Rugged and Beautiful

This seven-acre oceanside garden is lovingly maintained

This international floral bounty was culled from visiting clipper ships and schooners

Sunset State Park - catch a wave!

Continuing wave spectacle

Charleston memorial to sailors lost at sea

Scenic Oregon cove...

... to shining sea

Rocketry - er, rock at tree

Seal Convention

Bandon, OR cheese factory which also serves yummy ice cream cones (A...

Coquille River Lighthouse, Bandon

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The total coast of Oregon is open to the public at no charge. Much of it is hard to reach, but by law it is available. The coast is rugged, like California, and yet it has a personality all its own. In some coastal areas sand dunes hug the Pacific Ocean which makes riding dune buggys a popular activity. The state has done a marvelous job of establishing state parks with exceptional vistas. The waves are spectacular, the lighthouses picturesque, and parks and coastal towns are charming.

South of Coos Bay is the town of Charleston, an old fishing community. From there is a pretty drive south to Cape Arago and its lighthouse. Along the way are several state parks from which many of the accompanying photos were taken.

Back to the main highway and further south is the town of Bandon and the Coquille River Lighthouse. Bandon has an interesting history (burned down and rebuilt twice) catalogued well in the local museum. The 'Washed Ashore' exhibit and store is there, too, the subject of a later blog posting. For you golfers, Bandon is home to Bandon Dunes resort, one of the top 10 golf resorts in the country. And, finally, the Face Rock Creamery is there. You can watch cheese being made and buy any of many varieties.

Other good reasons to like Oregon - lots of craft beers and no sales tax. Oregon has its own version of employment stimulation, too. By law you cannot pump your own gas - stations must employ attendants to take care of that.

This part of Oregon is chilly, windy, damp, and ruggedly beautiful. A great place to visit or even to build a prison, but we wouldn't want to live there.

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