John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Marina at Campground

OHV Staging

OHV Staging

Horsfall Beach

Horsfall Beach

Horsfall Beach

Driftwood Search

McCoullough Bridge

Sunset Bay

I'm Thinking

Gull

Cape Arago State Park

Cape Arago State Park

Seals and Sea Lions

Elephant Seals In The Back

Seals and Sea Lions

Seals and Sea Lions

Seals and Sea Lions

Seals and Sea Lions

Scenic Coastline

Scenic Coastline

Cape Arago Lighthouse

Cape Arago Lighthouse

Cape Arago Lighthouse


Today is a travel day. As we head out of Winchester Bay, we make one more stop at the dunes. We drive Horsfall Dunes and Beach Access Road. We pass four campgrounds, a picnic area, OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) staging areas and a parking lot for beach access.

We take a walk on the beach. John collects driftwood. I look at the shells.

We cross the historic McCullough Bridge and arrive in North Bend. In 1936, McCullough Bridge was the longest bridge along the coast. In North Bend, we pick up the Cape Arago Highway. The highway is scenic but it adds quite a bit of time to our travel.

We pass through Charleston and take a side trip. There are people swimming at Sunset Beach. It is a beautiful day but in my opinion, it is a bit too cold for swimming.

We arrive at Cape Arago State Park. We see seals and sea lions. Northern Elephant Seals, Stellar Sea Lions, California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals are on one island. I do my best with the camera. They are quite a ways away. Volunteers have spotting scopes set up.

We have our picnic lunch here at the State Park. The Oregon Coast scenery is wonderful.

We backtrack to Charleston stopping at the overlook for the Cape Arago Lighthouse. This is a lighthouse you can see but not visit.

Back in Charleston, we continue on the Cape Arago Highway. The road twists and turns but is in great shape. Who built this road and why? We realize it is a logging road.

Route 101 takes us to Bandon. Our campground is fifteen miles to the south. It seems like a long fifteen miles. We have done a lot today. The KOA is nice with wooded sites. We will rest up for tomorrow.

Campground: KOA Bandon/Port Orford

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