Cape Blanco Lighthouse

While camped at Edson Creek we take advantage of  having some time on our hands and head to Cape Blanco, across Hwy 101 from where we are.  The road is narrow, rough in places and sometimes it’s a tight fit to get by someone.

It’s partly cloudy with a light breeze. That is until we get to the lighthouse.  The wind is screaming in fits and starts out on the cape and it’s dang cold. The poor host has his winter gear on and it’s a good thing since he has to be out in this all day. I park, leaving The Chiweenie Brothers in the van,  and walk back to take lighthouse photos.

The host asks me where are the dogs, and that throws me for a minute …  He explains that he looks forward to petting and making over any dogs that come along and he noticed the boys in the van as we pulled up and asks what “brand” they are. I explain they are chiweenies, dachshund/chihuahua cross, and not inclined to be out in anything less than 60 degrees OR in a cold wind.  He nods his head in understanding, disappointment clearly showing in his eyes, but they light up when someone pulls up with a golden lab in the back seat.  He gets his dog fix after all!

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It’s cold but the view is magnificent. DSC_0048 (1)

As breathtaking as the scene is I don’t linger. I am soon back at the van and heading back down the narrow rutted road. Not a good idea to pull a trailer all the way up to the lighthouse.  There’s a campground a bit down the road, but I know nothing about it, other than they had the “full” sign on display.

I stop to take photos of Hughes House which is closing as I pull in, but I get some nice shots of the old house.  Read more about Hughes House HERE .

DSC_0070 (1)Huges House, Cape Blanco OR

We also park a bit farther down the road back toward Hwy 101 and take the short trail to the old pioneer cemetery.  It’s a mowed, short trail where at the end we find a few gravesites. An informational sign says all the remains have been removed, but fails to say why.

Cape Blanco Pioneer Cemetery, aka Hughes Family Cemetery, is located on the road into Cape Blanco State Park. The graveyard was built around the local church (Mary, Star of the Sea), and contained various members of the Hughes family and their mostly Irish immigrant neighbors.

Thanks for coming along!  Hugs, Shawna

 

Edson Creek Campground, Sixes Oregon

It’s almost the end of September. We are about 10 miles inland from the coast, and the nights are cool and the days pleasant. Sparse traffic makes for a peaceful camp, and The Chiweenie Brothers and I enjoy lots of long, leisurely walks along paved road.

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I had not planned on staying so long here, although it’s a lovely campground, but an order I placed with Amazon is taking its sweet time to arrive. Part of the order has been delivered,  but the other half is napping in Salt Lake City …

You gotta  love UPS! Those dudes will deliver anywhere; right up to my campsite at Edson Creek Campground in Sixes, Oregon.

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My phone doesn’t work here, but I can text. My Mobely hotspot signal comes and goes, but at least it works sometimes.  It’s all good.  The boys and I deal with what’s handed to us and make do, happily.  Most times. Ha!

Beside the walks, I read and crochet and check Amazon  a dozen times a day to see where the other half of my order is languishing. We drive into Port Orford to purchase ice and a few supplies and drive down to the harbor. The view of the bay provides a rock gorilla. What???  Can you see the profile of a gorilla’s head in this rock?

DSC_0012Bay at Port Orford ORHow about a cow’s face in a tree at our camp site? DSC_0001Back at camp I fill out another tag and write out another check for three more days.

Look what I found on one of our walks.  Mr. Wooly Bear caterpillar who next spring will turn into a tiger moth.  Folklore says you can predict the weather by how much black is on the coat of the wooly bear. The more black on their coat the colder and wetter the winter will be. Looks to me like it’s almost a tossup this year.
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Soon as my Amazon order arrives we will be heading south on the last leg of our Oregon Coast summer trip, then heading inland for that long awaited visit with family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Hugs, Shawna and The Boys

CAMP AMENITIES
Water:  Yes. I spigot near Host’s site    Garbage: Yes
Bathrooms:  Yes, vault                            Electricity: No
Tables: Yes                                                Shower: No
Fire Pit:  Yes                                              BBQ: Grate on fire pit, but is non-adjustable
# of Sites: 20                                              Fee: $8 per night, seniors with pass $4
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Bandon-By-The-Sea . . .

Bandon. One of my favorite places in Oregon and where the best cream puffs I’ve ever tasted are made!  But, seeing how ol’ Murphy, of Murphy’s Law fame, is my cousin, the Bandon Bakery is closed.  Oh that’s right, it’s not Murphy at all. It’s Monday.  They aren’t open on Monday. Neither is the Bandon Market that’s on the wharf. Well, you picked fine time Lucille to stop in Bandon, didn’t you?

We head out to the jetty to get the Bandon lighthouse from the south side.

DSC_0027 (1)From here we head back north and capture some shots from the north side. The lighthouse is accessible from a road heading out to the ocean from Bullard’s Beach State Park. I love this squat little lighthouse.  The boys get in some drift wood exploration, too.

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My goodness, it’s a gorgeous day! No trip to Bandon is complete without driving Beach Loop Road and stopping at Face Rock. This viewpoint offers exceptional vistas of the  area to the left and right of Face Rock.

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I spend a bit of time just drinking in the view, but soon we are on the road just a bit south of Face Rock to stop and visit with good friends who have recently moved here.  I am served a scrumptious strawberry shortcake that rivals those cream puffs whose exquisite taste I was raving about.

Anxious to get on the road and closer to family I regretfully decline their generous offer of a place to park and access to laundry and a shower. Such awesome people! I linger,  but know I must move on. It’s been a year since I’ve seen my sons, my sister, and my grandchildren.  The closer I get the more urgent seeing them becomes.

We head south bathed in the warm sunshine of this beautiful day.  Thanks for coming along with us! Hugs, Shawna

 

 

Shore Acres and Cape Arago Lighthouse

Once we leave Sunset Bay we head south to Shore Acres State Park.  This park used to be the summer home of lumber Baron Louis J Simpson who built a magnificent home on the rocks of the shore overlooking the ocean with a gorgeous flower garden complete with a Japanese inspired pond.  The gardener’s quarters and the restored gardens are all that is left of this magnificent estate.

During the winter holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s metal sculptures depicting ocean-related themes and creatures and are brought in and festooned with over 300,000 lights. I’ve visited here before during this time and it is absolutely gorgeous. And very crowded, but worth it!

The Simpsons’ view from their cliff top home. Read more about this Oregon State Park and its benefactor’s HERE 

Cape Arago  lighthouse from afar.   Somehow, some way I missed the road to get to this lighthouse.  Dang! A good excuse to go back!!!  DSC_0045Read more about it HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs, Shawna

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