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Bandon By The Sea, Oregon 2020

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

New Week - South Slough

We had a nice weekend doing errands and resting. We met another Alfa couple, who were a couple of sites from us,  and spent Sunday afternoon sitting out in the sunshine and chatting. (Social distance maintained.)

On Monday we were going to go on another beach hike, but were turned back by very cold wind. We did log about 1/2 mile.

 

 

 


On Tuesday we found the perfect trail!

Beautifully wooded and challenging at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South Slough, part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve, is about 20 miles from our RV park.

The available trail system seems to cover about ten miles of paths. We did the trail marked in yellow above.  It was a little over two miles. In the near future we will be returning to do parts of the remaining trails.

Some pictures from our hike:

 

 

A tunnel through the forest.












Bench.















We were amused by this "stump chair" on the side of the trail on our way down. We often take a few minutes rest on a stump or log and this one looked comfortable, but we were both still "fresh" so we didn't try it out.

 

As we descended to the marsh, there were places where the ground would have been to soggy to walk. Bridges and boardwalks solve that problem.









By now Craig was ready for a rest.















 

Sun dappled.















After about a mile of forest trail, we reached the salt marsh of the Estuary.

We only went a short distance over the marsh lands before turning back uphill on the Big Cedar Trail, which took us back up to the trail that led back to our Jeep.

Next time we will be parking at the top of the Big Cedar Trail and come down to hike more of the Salt Marsh.

Remember that funny stump chair we saw on the hike down? 


I was very happy to see it again on the hike back up.










It was the perfect place to catch my breath, let my legs recover, and check out the trail map one more time.












We definitely will return to this place for more hiking during the next three weeks. 

No Sand!

 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Lost Lake Hike

Thursday we took the last two-mile hike of the week. We are going to take a couple of days off to do some other things, like going to the local Farmer's Market, doing the wash, and driving up to Coos Bay for a Walmart grocery pick-up.

 

We hiked the Lost Lake Trail which is on BLM land about five miles from Bandon By The Sea RV park.

So far the hike maps and directions that I have gotten from All Trails have been accurate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trail started by going into a dense wooded area on a very nice solid path.


It was Craig's turn to be the photographer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The path went past a series of ponds called Lost Lake (perhaps only some of them).

So pretty!

But, the nice path only went about 1/4 mile before it became sandy and harder. 

This is the way I felt when I saw the sand!  Somehow I had thought it would only be on beaches.  🙂



The trail description indicated it was 1.7 miles, out and back, but at about the mile mark we came tp a sign that said we were leaving BLM land. 

Shortly thereafter we came to a wall of gorse, a very prickly invasive shrub. Craig wanted to go on, so we did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As it got thicker and thicker I soon had had enough and turned back. 

It not the worst plant I have encountered, but close to it. It doesn't have a lasting sting like nettles, but it feels like being assaulted by mess of needles.

 

 

One thing about "out and back" hikes is that you know what to expect on the way back.

The down side of this large log was several feet deep, and it had been a real challenge for me to get over it. In fact I fell going up, so I was very cautious going over it on the way back. 

Glad to be back in the wooded part of the hike

We went to the Bandon Farmer's Market on Friday. It was a bit of a disappointment, but I was able to buy a nice piece of fresh halibut to grill for dinner.

I know in my heart that this will get easier. When I look back a few years, our average hike was four miles, and some were pretty rough. The good thing is that although I feel exhausted when we get home, I'm OK in an hour and really feel good the next morning. 

With that said, I'm looking forward to a couple of days rest.

Rest is good!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

New River Hike

We woke Wednesday morning to a damp world. By noon the sky was starting to clear, so we decided to hike the New River trail I had found in a list of hikes on the web.

The start of the trail was quite inviting.


We followed the path into a beautiful green woods. I was very happy the trail was not  soft sand.  I had had enough of that on the beach.















The forest had quite a mix of trees. The colorful madrones contrasted with the lush greens.










This tree seemed to fascinate Craig.


In places it felt like autumn with many leaves on the ground.

After awhile we came to a short spur to the New River. By this time the sky was very blue with just some white clouds here and there. The sky reflection made the river water look blue.


Back on the main trail, the path became more and more sandy. We were happy to see a few benches along the way. I asked Craig if we got extra points for walking in the sand!  [From Craig: I told her that the miles counted double.]

 
We came out of the wooded area to a part of the path that overlooked a large, rough dune.

Following what we thought were footprints, we walked down along what seemed to be the trail.












It was not.


The footprints ended, as we started out across the open area looking for more. I wondered how such a civilized trail had turned into an unmarked old dune.

Obviously this was not right, so we turned back, retracing our steps to the last place we knew we were on the trail.


And sure enough, we spotted the pretty obvious logs that indicated which way the trail went!


We were soon back on the trail and into another wooded area, which took us toward the end of our hike.









The total loop was 2.4 miles.

I would like to come back and do it again at the end of the month to see if it feels easier. For now it was just about right!

Once again I needed to lie down when we got back to the Alfa. This kind of "tired" feels good!

Like life...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Heading North up the Beach

We took our time eating breakfast and otherwise doing our "morning things", in part because the temperature was cool and the sky was overcast. On the way out, Craig wisely suggested we take long sleeved shirts for a little extra protection.


When we got to the beach, in addition to being cooler, there was a strong wind blowing from the north. On the first half of our walk, we stopped and took shelter behind some large rocks along the beach, whenever we could.


All along the bluff above the beach there were large, probably older,  houses. Each was unique, and some seemed weathered by the sea.


I'd love to see the interiors of some of them and know their stories. I wonder if they are rentals, permanently occupied, or family vacation homes. Probably some of each.

There is a beach trail ride business nearby, and these folks were also enjoying the fresh ocean air.


Craig was the photographer today, and caught me as I made my way to the return path from the beach.


Windblown and ready to go home! 

But we did make the two mile goal for the day.

I crashed and took a short nap when we got back to the Alfa.

I have found a nice 2.4 mile loop hike for tomorrow. It is not on a beach, so you won't feel more sandy from reading the next post. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

First Walks in a LONG Time

Sunday, August 2:

Although we tried to get out from time to time at Jojoba, we really were bad about getting any exercise. So I am determined that we are going to walk every day if possible during our stay in Oregon. No "hot weather" excuses!

I had looked at a map given to us by the park and thought we could just walk to the next road north of us and get to the Beach Loop.

I had suggested we drive it first, but Craig said, no, lets just go.

My mistake, the road we took did not go through. It was a nice gravel road, with a street sign, but it dead ended.






We turned around and went back to the rig the way we had come.

But, one goal was accomplished, we walked two miles.

Tomorrow we will try again.
 





Monday August 3:

The park is 1/2 mile from the beach, if you are a crow. We are not crows and cannot fly, but we did get close to the beach by car. At about 3 miles, it is a bit far for us to walk. 

The small parking area was almost full, but the beach was so vast that it seemed there were very few people around.


The sun was bright, the sky was blue, but it seemed there was a fog bank out to sea. 


The tide was going out so there was good, firm wet sand to walk on.


We walked about a mile down the beach (south), rested and enjoyed the sunshine, then walked back. 

Tomorrow we will head north.  Two miles a day is far enough for the first week.

Life is good!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

ON THE ROAD

I switched to using Firefox instead of Safari and it is working better. So I guess I will keep blogging.  Note: All of the images in this post are from the web.

We have arrived at Bandon By The Sea RV resort, our home for the next month!  The air is cool and the sun is shining. 

On The Road

There are three ways to drive from Southern California to Oregon. We have used all three.  Both US 101 on the West and CA 135 on the East have some nice scenery and are two lane highways in most places. They are good for leisurely travel.





But the most efficient is to drive straight up the middle of the Central Valley on I-5 which is divided and fast moving. For this trip we drove the 5 because we just want to get to Oregon with only overnight stops. By making our reservations ahead, it has been a "no-contact" experience. I booked pull-through sites at all three of our stops so that we could just pull in and out without the hassle of unhooking our Jeep.

Although we bypassed most of LA we still had to deal with LA suburban traffic, which demands extra care and patience. Craig and I took turns getting through it.

Just North of LA is a steep stretch of highway called the Grapevine, that goes up and through the Tejon pass. Although we have driven it many times in the past, both with a car and with the Alfa, it remains a "white knuckle" experience. The grade seems like it will never end, and even with the pedal floored, in the Alfa the speed fades down to 35MPH. As we climb, we keep an  eye on the engine temperature, and breathe a big sigh of relief when we finally get over the summit!

 Coming back down the long 6% grade, 
we are very glad the Alfa has an exhaust brake which saves the regular air brakes. To me one of the neatest sights is the view of I-5 stretching straight out into the vast Central Valley. 
Knowing we had to drive almost 1000 miles, I planned on not driving more than 300 miles per day. Our first day was even shorter because we had to drive through LA traffic and over the Grapevine. 

Lost Hills RV Park, which I choose to stop at, has seen much better days but it was conveniently just off I-5. We were glad the 50 amp power worked since the daytime temperatures were around 103°.
On our second day driving up the valley, we saw many large fruit and nut orchards, some cotton fields, a few oil rigs, and one feed lot that we remembered from the past. It seemed to me that there were far fewer cows in the feedlot than in the past. 

Mixed in with the irrigated 
crop land were large swatches of fallow desert land. The tumbleweeds are quite green at this time of year. I'm more accustomed to seeing them brown, dry, and rolling along or piled up against the fences.

Our second night was spent at the Yolo County Fairground RV Park. It's not much more than a parking lot, but does have power and water.

I digress

When we got up in the morning I was surprised to see that the field across from us, which had been empty the night before, was parked solid with cars and with many more were pulling in. I wondered what was going on.

When they started to line up and move in a slow line, stopping at a tent on the side, I realized what I was seeing was people receiving food from a food bank. The people in the hundreds of cars parked in the field had come in during the night and slept in their cars so that they could be in line in the morning. I knew this is happening, but to witness it on a beautiful summer morning is disconcerting. It made think of the bread lines in the 30s. The government must help our people. They did not lose their jobs because they were lazy or bad workers. Many of us have had times in our lives that we were living paycheck to paycheck. We should not turn a blind eye to this. No family should go hungry in this country. 

Onward

As we drove north the agriculture changed to rice fields and almond ranches. The road was good, and our ride was smooth. We had to cross over another mountain range in Northern California. Not as hard as the Grapevine, and quite beautiful. You can see Mt. Shasta from I-5, and there is still some snow on her.

Night three was spent at the Southern Oregon RV Park, a Jackson County park in Central Point, just north of Medford Oregon. We were able to get propane for only $1.99 per gallon, and Diesel for only $2.24 per gallon. Much better than California prices! 

Our fourth and last day drive was quite beautiful. We only had about 165 miles to travel, but it took us over the Coastal Range mountains and involved some winding ups and downs.

As I write this it is 68° outside. I just checked Jojoba and it is 103°. The birds are singing in the trees here at Bandon By The Sea RV Park. I think it is going to be a nice month.

Friday, July 31, 2020

New Blogger Format is FRUSTRATING!

I tried to work on a new post several times in the last two days and have been totally frustrated! I write something, add a picture, and think it is saved. When I click back to it after checking on a fact or spelling elsewhere, what I wrote and the picture is gone.

I don't need this kind of aggravation.  I will try to get it to work, or find another format, or quit blogging and be less stressed.

Check back!