Heading down the Southern Coast
Trip Start Nov 11, 2010
26Trip End Dec 18, 2010
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It rained quite heavily over night but the high winds did not materialize - making for great sleeping weather! We have some of Dave and Lisa's DVDs with us, so last night we watched about 11 episodes of Will and Grace, the1998 season. What a hoot! We were glad to have some DVDs with us as we had no Internet, no cell phone, no TV...... while in this park!!!!
I've just finished reading a great series of books by Jack Whyte, a Canadian author who writes about the Arthur legend era
We packed up and got on the road just as a heavy shower passed through, but soon drove into sunshine as we headed south. Much of today's coastline was separated from the ocean by a narrow band of trees so we were driving through coniferous forests for the most part.
The coastal sand dunes start at Florence and we walked the beach and explored the sand on this part of the coast in April. South of Florence, the dunes have been designated as National and State Recreational areas, mainly functioning as day use parks. We drove into a couple to get a better view of the ocean and the dunes, especially the Umpqua dunes near Winchester. The dunes there are spectacular, some rising to a couple of hundred feet. Along this part of the coast the sand dunes and the forest battle
After lunch we headed south to Coos Bay/Charleston Area where I managed to get Don off the beaten path by suggesting there was a super warehouse of RV parts. It turned out to cater to 5th wheels and trailers but the side trip did get us out to the fishing village of Charleston and as far south along the coast as Sunset Bay. At this point the shore starts to get quite rocky - I expect to see more of this tomorrow.
We decided to call it a day at the most westerly point of Oregon - at Cape Blanco State Park near the lighthouse and overlooking Port Orford. Again a beautiful park, this one located on top of sea cliffs that look like chalk and tower 200 feet above the ocean that allow you to look down on black sand beaches. Tonight was a night for a good bottle of wine and dinner before settling in, this time with Internet but no TV and little phone reception.