Friday, October 23, 2020

A-Bandon

 7:53 am - Friday - October 23rd - Bandon, OR - 41⁰ F, 95% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the northeast.......clear, cold, blue skies today with a forecast high of 60༠ F.  On this date in 2011 I was preparing to officiate 5 soccer matches at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex....↴


Thursday was the day of our much anticipated weekend trip south to Bandon, OR where we had spent much time in the Fall of 2014 and 2015 while volunteering as lighthouse hosts at Cape Blanco.  It's been a while since we spent a couple of nights away from the Newell, and this is the perfect time of year to drive down the Oregon Coast.  

We reported for work at 10 am, and the time seemed to fly by quickly.  Soon we were ensconced in the VW Beetle heading southbound on US-101 to Bandon.  The air was crystal clear, and the views along the coast were stunning.....it took us just under 2 hours to reach our destination, and check into the Bandon Marina Inn.  We had reserved a room with a view of the river and marina for two nights.  After stowing our gear in our room we got back in the car and headed further south to the Cape Blanco Lighthouse......



......as is often the case in October the winds were blowing out of the north at about 40 mph.....it was difficult just getting out the car.  On this day, due to the winds, the gates were closed, so we had to take our pictures from about 1/4 mile away.......

There she is....as beautiful as ever

......the temperature with the windchill factor had to be in the low 40's, and after 5 minutes or so we had to retreat to the car, but it was beautiful.......

South Cape Beach.....we have spent a hundred hours walking up and down that beachline beachcombing...it is still stunning.

North Cape....


.....back in the car we saw that it was approaching 4 pm and we had not yet decided where we were going to partake of an early dinner (we didn't eat lunch).  TLE had been checking different places in Bandon, but nothing seemed to grab our imagination.  Suddeny TLE said "Why don't we drive into Port Orford and eat at Redfish?"......of course!  Redfish is one of our favorite Coastal Oregon eateries.  We ate there numerous times in 2014 and 2015, and had actually celebrated our 44th anniversary there.  We were there in 15 minutes seated at our favorite table with a view of Battle Rock.......


 

Battle Rock

.....we arrived right in the middle of their Happy Hour so everything was discounted pretty heavily.....we both ordered a pint of a craft brew called State of Jefferson Porter, and a bowl of their Clam Chowder.  For our entrees TLE ordered their Egg Rolls, and I their Fish Tacos. Everything was just as we had remembered it....great foot, brews and views.

We were home around 5:30 pm with big smiles upon our faces.  It is rare to you can return to a favorite place and it retains the same magic you experienced 5 years ago.  We spent the evening reading, relaxing, and looking forward to Friday without wind!

The view....

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