Our Travels West, Summer 2007 - David and Linda Young travel blog

On the way to Coos Bay - May we help you?

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Beautiful creatures

Elk, hard by the road - just grazing

Close in of the Elk

They were not afraid of the people taking pictures

Ahhhh - the ocean

The Pacific Ocean

Bonnie still in her pink nightgown - Cold outside

The RV Park - The Lucky Logger

Tyler and Bonnie emptied the toy box...Now, Play with us...

The main street of historic Bandon, Oregon

The bank/Masonic Temple/dress shop

We ate at the Chowder House - all outside seating (Connie on...

After we ate we explored the waterfront

The lighthouse across the bay

From the dock, looking toward the town of Bandon

Part of the marina in Bandon

Smiling turtle on the dock

Cold is relative - Sunset Bay State Park

Shore Acres State Park, harbour seals on the rocks

wild, domestic looking rabbits at the trail head

From the trail out to sea

Trails end-looking towards the harbour seals

Naturalist D Young surveying the wildlife sanctuary

Here we are - go.for.broke

If a tsunami hits, we will never make it back up the...

Us on the rocky beach

Just past the yellow flowers, we were waaayyyy down there

Half way up the cliff-if we look a little winded, it is...

Coos Bay Harbour

Dinosaurs drank from the same water as we now do

Carved statue on the dock

Preserved boat - 'Koos Bay'

The clowns at the 'Photo Spot'

Spoiled Bonnie-up ended the toy basket, now which one to chose -

Well, David thought he was in heaven. He is bound and determined THIS is the place he wants to live. (There have been others - however, he now says he has zeroed in on this one!)

It really is a beautiful place! We stayed at Lucky Loggers RV Park. There was a train switch yard right behind our site; however, they stopped at 6 or 7 PM. I had hoped to hear the trains all night. We were also near the bay...within walking distance (translate that, a Short Distance for us getting-up-there-in-age-people.)

Coos Bay is the largest deep draft ocean port between San Francisco and Puget Sound, Seattle. The RV Park was located by the turning basin where tug boats assisted ocean-going ships in turning around.

The trip to Coos Bay was filled with Deer sightings and Elk sightings. The elk are Roosevelt elk. Bulls of the Roosevelt elk can weigh as much as 1,200 pounda and can have as many as 30 in their cow elk harem. We still are not over seeing these beautiful creatures up close!

We decided we wanted to go see the seals, so up a mountain we went. Our first stop was Sunset Bay State Park. It had a beautiful beach, perfect cove-like setting. There were people in the water, swimming, floating - and on the shore, sitting on a bench, a lady all bundled up in a jacket with a hood was reading a book. (The lady with the jacket must have been from Florida!)

We went on up the mountain and stopped at an overlook at Shore Acres State Park to see the harbour seals. You could hear them honking before you got out of the car. There were volunteer workers there to help you with the large binoculars and to point out the seals and their babies. They said when the whales 'run' they can be seen there and it is spectacular with the high powered binoculars. One of the volunteer rangers told us to go on up the mountain and to stop at the next scenic view spot. We did, and it was a short hike down to a cliff overlooking the harbour seals from another side.

On up the mountain. There was a trial head and w a y , w a y down below was a beach. From the trail head to the beach was a zig-zag steep climb. OK, so we are all gung-ho to go down. It got pretty steep and rocky and slippery. Once you make it to the beach you have to climb over rocks to get to the beach that is just a gooey mucky inlet. However, there were supposed to be tidepools. Connie and Ron walked out to where the tide pools were supposed to be - nothing they could see. Up near the shore were bunches and oodles of Sea Amonine, or whatever they are called. Most of them were exposed to the sun but there were a few in water puddles still alive.

Once we were on the beach we realized we had to Climb - uh,huh - Climb back up. Talk about winded, and telling each other it was 'just the altitude'. We rested part way up and asked a woman to take our picture - we figured one of us might not make it what with all the huffing and puffing we were doing. It was fun, though. With all this climbing we should be losing weight, but there are so very many really good restaurants we 'need' to try that it gets off-set. At least we can all still wear our clothes!

One morning we went over to a small town nearby, Bandon, OR. It is a port town and full of history. Connie bought a jacket in a ladies' shop that originally had been a bank. When the whole town burned down, the bank was the only building left standing. It was then a Masonic Lodge, and now the shop. The bank vault is simply called 'The Vault' and it is now a changing room. We had lunch sitting outside, away from the wind, at The Chowder House. The view from the dock was very pretty - and, we could see the old lighthouse from there. Connie and I explored the shops and David and Ron found a couple with old guy-stuff inside. We took two cars, so when we were through shopping, Connie and Ron went back to the Lucky Logger and did laundry.

David and I traveled on to Game Park Safari. It is billed as America's Largest Wild Animal Petting Park. The park is there in Bandon, OR. We didn't want to leave! David held a baby Lynx. He didn't want to give him back. Linda, (me), got to hold a Kit - a baby red fox. David petted the black bear cub and I got to hold a cross-eyed possum who was in a little sleep sack. Holding him was like holding a baby, he just cuddled up. We wish the park were closer to Orlando as we would like to take the grandkids there.

When we returned to the Lucky Logger, met up with Ron and Connie and went to dinner at the High Tide Cafe. We sat outside on the deck and it was like sitting in someone's back yard. What a wonderful setting and view. The food was good too! (Clam Chowder).

We have been seeing a LOT of signs regarding Tsunami routes, precautions, etc. There are even warnings in tourist literature stating, "Earthquakes beneath the ocean floor can cause a series of large waves. If you feel a strong earthquake while on the coast, immediately move inland and to higher ground; a tsunami may be coming. Stay away from the coast. Big waves can occur for hours. Wait for an official "all clear" on the radio."

We walked from our RV park over to the docks at Coos Bay. It was a nice walk along the inlet and once we were at the docks we discovered a lot of history displayed. On the way back to the RV park, we saw 'Photo Spot' in chalk on the pavement - when we looked up, along came a group of 20-somethings, dressed as clowns and running. They said they were on a scavenger hunt - Seemed like an awful lot of makeup and crazy dress just for a scavenger hunt. They were having fun and I wished I had what they were drinking.

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