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

 

 

FINALLY!


Yes, finally, a date was set for a trip north into Oregon to visit a friend in Roseburg. The Boys and I left Friday after I got the last of the items onboard Miss Freedom, heading north on Hwy 89 to merge onto I-5. If it had been summer we would have taken a more meandering, less traveled path, but it wasn’t and we didn’t. 

The trees that show color in the autumn were halfway between pretty and kind of dried up and dead looking. Pretty much half and half on most of the trees. The drought seems to have taken the life out of everything. Still, it was a nice drive. 

When we arrived in Roseburg and pulled into my friend’s driveway we were delighted to find Francesca’s neighbor had several maple trees in various stages of fall glory. And they were not showing signs of the drought.


Once the boys and I got settled in we waited for her to get home from her job then, of course, there was all that catching up to do. And we did a good job of that!

Saturday morning we planned a little day trip to Bandon-By-The-Sea, a jaunt of about 70 miles if you go the direct route, but we decided it was a lovely day to do a little sight seeing so we went via Hwy 138/38 to Elkton following the scenic North Umpqua River. Loved this carved pole, one of the four that decorated each end/side of the bridge across the river.


 We took in Fort Umpqua, a wonderful re-creation built with as many old techniques and skills as possible; pegs, hand-hewn timbers, etc.

The Monkey Puzzle Tree.  I’ve seen these around the coast and inland a ways before.  They always fascinate me. And the tips of the “leaves” are needle sharp!

At last we arrived in the quaint little town of Bandon and drove through “Old Town” and out where we could park and walk the beach. The wind was fierce and we did not get the photo of us we always take to document how we’ve grown, ummmm…….aged, but I did get a shot of the roiling surf and a sweet little pigeon who was either very confused about just what time of year it is or just plain crazy. She was perfectly content to just sit there on her basket nest watching the people come and go. Not sure which came first, the nest or the basket. I think she got some help from someone, what do you think?

A trip to Bandon is never complete without a stop at the Bandon Bakery for a cream puff so after a bite to eat at a local restaurant where we shared a table with a very charming Canadian and a local gentleman, we went straight for the puffs. Oh man. Heaven! I was good; only had one. :). I thoroughly enjoyed every last bit of it, and it wasn’t until I was savoring the last bite that I realized I hadn’t taken a photo of it. Oh well, probably a good thing I didn’t.  It might have been more than you could take.  Yes, they are that good!  🙂

Some local art.  And a sculpture made of garbage to bring awareness of the threat to wildlife, human life, and the eyesore garbage is to the environment. 


Despite the biting wind, we had a wonderful time and Burger and The Chiweenie Brothers were three very tired pups. Guess we were pretty tired, too, because I didn’t get a picture of the hounds!              

Sunday and Monday of our little getaway will be the focus of the next post. Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Shawna

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