Today, we traveled along the ocean from Coos Bay to Port Orford. On the way, we stopped at one beautiful beach after another. The beaches in this area are sandy and expansive but VERY WINDY!!
Mary and Nancy went for a walk along the water's edge while Mom sat on the beach in the sun sheltered by a large rock. When we came back, she was partially buried in blowing sand...good thing we didn't leave her there longer!!
The monolithic rocks in the bays have interesting shapes and names...Table Top, Seal, Elephant, Face Rock. Face Rock looks like the profile of a woman's face coming out of the water looking skyward. According to local native legend, you can hear her voice in the wind as she warns us to remember the wisdom of our elders.
This area is very environmentally conscious. It has a program to raise awareness of the damage done to the world wide sea habitat by the indiscriminate disposal of garbage, particularly plastic. Volunteers have created huge sculptures made out of plastic garbage collected from the beach. These sculptures are incredibly creative, but at the same time horrifying to realize that we have littered our oceans
Coquille River Lighthouse
This lighthouse guides ships into the river
with tons of inorganic debris.
We meandered along the scenic coastal highway through many small towns. We particularly enjoyed the town of Bandon where we had lunch at Tony's. We shared fish tacos and crab & shrimp sandwiches. Freshly caught (right off the boat) seafood is sooo good!! Cranberrys are also grown in this area. We visited a store with all kinds of candy made from cranberries...covered with chocolate, flavored with lemon, lime, orange, and even beer.
They were very generous
with samples and we tasted them all (several times) as it was difficult to decide which one we liked best.
It was another beautiful day in Paradise!
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