After a very rainy and windy night (and boy do you notice that when you’re parked all by yourself in a big ol’ parking lot!), we got a nice early start – heading to Oregon! We had heard great things about the Oregon Coast, so we were anxious to get started on the trek. We weren’t disappointed!
Our first stop was at a lovely state park just across the border outside of Brookings (known for it’s native azaleas so we’re told. I think we were a little early for that.) I hiked down to the beach while Gary checked out the visitor’s center – no 12 minute video today, but we did get a book that marked all points of interest along the coast which was a huge help to us.
(I didn’t realize at the time how calm the ocean is in these shots. Just wait until later in the day!)
I also spotted this Stellar’s Jay, and managed to get a pretty decent picture of him – so I need to share that too!
Since we were going to cross over the highest bridge in Oregon (345 ft), we decided to take the “short trail to appreciate the structure’s magnitude”. It was a little more hike than we had expected –
and I’m not sure you can even see the bridge from this shot, but it’s the best that I could get.
Yeah, it was pretty high. I love (not) those kinds of bridges. But I do love this shot of Gary finding the shortcut back to the rig…..
“I’m sure the path is in here somewhere…..”
So, Gary sent me out alone on our next stop – Arch Rock.
(Check out the trees – do you think the wind blows here much? I was FREEZING!!!!)
See what he missed by staying in the house?
More Bridges (ok, so you can’t see the bridge, but this is what I saw from ON the bridge.)
Oh – here’s a cranberry field!
Apparently Bandon, OR is the Cranberry Capitol of Oregon – there were lots and lots of bogs to see. We also started noticing lots and lots of these yellow flowering bushes along the road.
I got a closer look at them when we stopped at the Coquille Lighthouse –
It’s a pretty little flower, but check out the thorns. Something tells me they might not be the most popular plant around.
But the lighthouse, though closed, was still scenic.
And the beach next to it was full of driftwood. I’m not sure what that was all about, but I imagine it has something to do with all of the logging in the area and the fact that this beach was right where a river emptied into the ocean.
We decided to call it an early day and settled in at a nice campground outside of Coos Bay – Sunset Bay State Park. From there we were able to take the truck around to some other sights in the area –
Shore Acres State Park –
Shore Acres State Park – Botanical Gardens (This park had at one time been the estate of Louis Simpson an early timber baron. The mansion is gone, but his gardens remain.)
It was kind of like walking into different state! From crashing waves to calming ponds. It was beautiful!
One final stop of the day was to Simpson Reef and Shell Island Overlook.
See that debri on the little beach over on the left? Those are a variety of seals – harbor seals, elephant seals, sea lions….
Just a couple more, I promise.
This is from the tip of our little stretch of coastline –
And this is the Arago Lighthouse. We checked out a couple of different roads, but this seemed to be as close as we could get!
Here’s a map of our journey today-
And here’s a little detail of the where we are right now.
We didn’t get to church this morning, but I was struck again and again as we wove in and out between the mountains and the crashing surf how majestic is our Lord. How He is above ALL that we can imagine, and yet he calls to us, seeks after us, and loves us.
1 Chronicles 29:11