Blogs from Bandon, Oregon, United States, North America


North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon July 24th 2021

We left the KOA fairly early, since we needed to drive over 6 hours, plus we wanted to stop several places along the way. Our first stop was in Tillamook to see their creamery and hopefully get some fresh ice cream. I knew the factory didn't open until 10am, but from what I'd read they had a store/cafe that opened at 5am. Well, we found the factory where they give tours and it was only 9am, but we never found the store, so no ice cream. From here we headed South along the Oregon coastline, looking the interesting overviews and such that we'd read about. We didn't find any for over an hour, the Three Arches (I think), but the tide was low, so it was so impressive. All along the way South, we looked for ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon July 3rd 2018

Day 7 - We were a little late leaving Klamath Falls today, as when we purchased out National Parks pass in Bakersfield, the lady got the cards mixed up, so we had to visit the forestry office early to get it sorted. We were helped by Joan, great lady, who helped us out of trouble, so we left her with an Australian tea towel with our thanks. She thought it was terrific. So once on the road, we headed for Crater Lake. The temperature was down to 49*F at its lowest as we climbed the mountain to 8500 feet. We had our extra shirt and winter gloves on. Nifty had his heated vest and heated grips on, so I insisted he lead today, least he could do seeing as he was warmer than Ange & I. ... read more
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Crater Lake

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon April 25th 2015

Transcribed from a letter written April 25th, 2015. The last 3 or 4 days have been a wonderful lesson in how the World, or maybe a better way to say it, how our relationships and interactions with others, with our environment and with ourselves, operate through simple acts of kindness. It has been amazing... The World is a good place, filled with genuinely good people. Our culture and social structure, overlays our goodness, or people’s genuine intentions, and in some ways makes them difficult to see. However, when goodness or kindness is solicited or requested, it resonates at such a high frequency that most people are almost instantly and intuitively driven to act in a kind manner. I started thinking about this when I was sitting at the Green Salmon Coffee Shop in Yachats, Oregon, when ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon August 10th 2013

2013 USA and Canada Golfing Holiday - Hi from the retirees 21 July - had a great trip with Qantas to Los Angeles. The A380 Airbus was fitted out with a SkyCam Camera. It was kind of freaky watching our own plane take off and land - Leanne was checking carefully that the pilot had it lined up with the white line - not that she could do anything about it if it was off target. It turned out to be our fastest flight to LA thanks to two on board medical emergencies which resulted in a priority landing – straight in, no circling and the paramedics and fire dept were waiting on the ground. We landed 45 minutes earlier than scheduled – so they weren’t messing around. Lauren, QANTAS was awesome with the GF food. ... read more
Graham's new wine estate in Napa
Domaine Carneros - Napa Valley
The Giant Redwood Highway

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon July 14th 2013

Hi everyone, The next trip for Graham and Leanne starts this Sunday (21 July) when we fly to San Francisco, pick up a car and do the loop through Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler, Banff, Jasper, Calgary, Yellowstone, Santa Cruz and back to San Francisco. Along the way we have booked to play about 20 golf courses. This blog is a test run and hopefully more will follow throughout the trip. Graham and Leanne... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon July 7th 2013

Today we traveled along the scenic, craggy coastline from Gold Beach, Oregon to Crescent City, California…54 miles of spectacular viewpoints that take your breath away. The sea stacks are myriad of shapes and sizes with names like Sisters Rock, Whaleshead, House Rock, Arches and Natural Bridges. We had a wonderful time walking the trails; some meandering through fairy-like forests and then leading out to magnificent bluffs…that were rather windy! This area is also known for its tidepools; star fish and sea anomie that attach themselves to rocks and become exposed during low tide. We had such fun exploring the beaches but these sea treasures eluded us yet for another day. The weather was picture perfect, not foggy as is common on the coast. We picnicked along the shore and even had time to take a nap. ... read more
Arch Rock
Arch Rock View
Arch Rock

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon July 5th 2013

Today was the Fourth of July! We spent the day in the little town of Port Orford...population of 1,200 people. Port Orford is the western most city in the continental U.S. The town, nestled along the coast, is a working fishing village (crab, cod, salmon, and sea urchins). The fishing boats are lifted in and out of the water each day by giant cranes at the dolly dock. There are only 2 docks of this type in the U.S. and 6 in the world. Our day started with a big parade through town. Although the sun was out, the cold wind is always blowing. We saw fire trucks, horses, motorcycles, pioneers, youth groups... and even a couple that just got married. For a tiny town, we were impressed by the length of the parade. It was ... read more
Dolly Dock
Coffee Shop
Coffee Shop Barista

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon July 4th 2013

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 ... read more
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille Jetty

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon August 25th 2012

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” ~Winston S. Churchill One of my favorites things to do is trail ride. Something about riding out on the trail that just clears your mind from any stress that may be going on in your daily life. Summer 2011 I got to have two of my friends join me that have never ridden on the beach. An Bandon was the perfect place to take them. First day we rode at Bullards Beach which has a great spot to horse camp or just bring a RV to camp with your family an friends they also have Yurts for rent which are pet friendly too. If you would rather stay at a motel check out Inn at Facerock "best western" url=... read more
Beach Shadows

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon May 12th 2012

Lions, Panthers, and Bears, oh my! After our mud run, we set out to the Safari Game Park, just south of Bandon, Oregon. The park was much bigger than we'd thought it would be, and we wandered around for a good while. Then came the part we were looking forward to! They brought out black panther, lion, and black bear cubs for us to pet! Since it was the end of the day (and just before dinner) they were all hyper and restless, but it was amazing nonetheless. When the black leopard came out, it leapt up onto the counter where we were standing unexpectedly, straight at my face! Justin and I both took a quick step back, but the cub was much calmer after that, as he had his precious bottle. Unexpected Stop Now that ... read more
Shar and Nala
Black Leopard cub
Justin and panther cub

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