Coastal drive from Yachats to Bandon & Gold Beach

Trip Start May 04, 2010
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Trip End May 21, 2010


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

-      Bandon Beach Loop Drive, south of Bandon.  Driving south on Highway 101, just south of Florence, the drive loses sight of the coast.  It’s not until Bandon that it appears again. And oh does it appear.  In old town Bandon, look for the signs for the Beach Loop Drive and follow it along the coast.  We parked the car near the first apparent stop off, which was the jetty.  With the sound of the foghorn, we approached the jetty and looked to our left to see a wide beach with interesting shaped sea stacks.  With the wind in our faces and these fantastical shapes on the beach and in the water, we made our way towards them.   These sea stacks were much like a Japanese rock garden for giants.  High drama.  I imagine the area in all kinds of weather, sunrise and sunset. 

We continue on the loop road with several other Oregon State Park viewpoints, each offering a parking area and steps down to the beach.  Take your pick and explore.  Experience the beach as a sculpture garden.  It’s great for walking.   Each turnoff on Loop Drive offers another intriguing vista.  When driving the coast, don’t miss this beach!  We had considered staying at the Windermere on the beach and I see now that we would have enjoyed staying at this location which would have afforded the opportunity to experience this beach at different times of day.

      At Port Orford, we took a side road and followed those Oregon State Parks signs that seem pop up all along the coast.  This time we found a beach with black sand.  Anytime you feel you want to stretch out from the car ride, there are lots of these park signs that are worth exploring.

      Oasis on the river at Tu Tu Tun Lodge.  Friendly, luxurious, romantic setting, quiet, views of the Rogue River and forested mountain across river.  Balcony with all glass sliding doors with vista.  It has a real wood burning fireplace which I love.  Accommodating of small dinner so Harvey’s stomach isn’t feeling uncomfortable.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

      At Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center, declaring the end of our trip with Stu.  We had a group hug with the three of us.  This morning, we prolong the time before we need to get in the car and start driving south.  It’s a really fine feeling of spending time with someone special who you have known when you were just a kid.
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