Lots of rocks and a water logged boot

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
Trip End Mar 05, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Left Gold Beach before the sun came up in order to cover some ground, but that meant that most of the fog hadn't burned off.  Then again it was foggy until past lunch time, or past Bandon, OR. Unfortunately I didn't get a good view of the Rogue River, which is supposed to be a spectacular site, but I did get a good view of the bridge, which might have been the best part - especially in the fog!

I hit Port Orford first, which supposedly had a lighthouse, but I couldn't find it and there wasn't much around to point you out.  My main stop was Battle Rock, which had historic significance with the first settlers in the area.   It was a beautiful place with a great beach, lots of sea animals and in low tide you can walk through a part in the rock to another portion of the beach.  Starfish galore!

After spending time there, I headed north again, stopping in Cape Blanco, which was a ways off the 101, but I intended to check out the lighthouse, which was completely shut off.  Seasonal tours start in late Spring for most lighthouses, apparently.

The next major stop was Face Rock in Bandon.  Some massive rocks along the beach and cliffs that really show the difference between the Oregon Coast and many other coastlines along the Pacific.   I spent a few hours there, patrolling the beach and got my boot filled with water trying to get a self timed picture!  Apparently sneaker waves are a big threat along the coast and I started seeing a lot of warnings starting in Bandon.   The rule of thumb according to locals is that every 7th wave is a bigger one, which came more in handy when taking pictures than it does practically because I just never turned my back on the ocean after my boot filled!

Bandon had a great Old Town section, but I didn't want to go into any of the cute little shops with a water-filled boot so I headed up towards Coos Bay where I had a look at Charleston briefly.   The town was pretty confusing since it is linked to Coos Bay and by the time I got there I wasn't really sure where I was.  I had a look at the boats briefly before I decided to call it a day with the water in my boots and sand in my hair.
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