South to North Bend

September 14, 2018. Leaving the lovely town of Florence it looks like we are in for a bit of fog. Perhaps it will lift as the day goes on. We stop in Gardiner, a tiny, weathered town along Highway 101, to get a shot of this statue and I notice the dreary, lowered sky is already lifting. Yeah!!DSC_0001 (2)Statue in Gardiner OR along 101

Next up is the Umpqua River Lighthouse, but first the boys get some time in at the dog park in Reedsport. It was hard to find and nothing outstanding about it, but the Boys enjoyed and that’s all that matters.
I have to be totally honest about this; Umpqua was not my favorite lighthouse. Pretty much looks the same as most of them do, but to make it even less inviting is the fact it is smack dab in the middle of coast guard housing. Tough to get a decent photo, but it is what it is.

A quick shot of the view of Winchester Bay,

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and we continue south to North Bend where the rest of the day is taken up with all the usual things. Buying ice, and supplies, walking the dogs, planning what we will take in tomorrow. We settle in for the night at The Mill Casino.

Tomorrow becomes today and with beautiful azure skies we head west to Charleston, a tiny fishing town known for being an oyster bed—so to speak. Huge piles of white shells can be found on the east side of the bridge that takes you into the town, testament to the fact they catch a lot of oysters here.

Our goal this morning, though, is Sunset Bay a beautiful small bay where the parking lot is snugged right up to the beach and walks  and kayaking are at your fingertips if that’s your thing.  We are here early and there are not too many people about.

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These are the only shells I’ve found on this trip.

DSC_0015  Next up is shore acres, a not-to-be-missed Oregon State Park.

Thanks for coming along!  Hugs, Shawna