Here are the pictures of our trip. We call it a mini vacation because we got about 4 hours Saturday morning to do what ever we wanted and in the Nursery business that is nothing sort of a miracle this time of the year!
This is Bandon Inn, what a nice little jewel to have found. Great service and a lovely view of the bay out to the ocean!
Paul, enjoying the view and working on a Nursery article, like I said never just doing nothing, that's my honey!
Paul wanted a photo of me on the laptop (not surprised are ya) plus a view of old Town and the bay, so he stood up on the bed. Hey he is really getting creative with his photos!
Some hardy folks out on the bay setting Crab traps out so they can have a wonderful crab feed! Oh that really makes ya hungry for some nice fresh crab doesn't it! This was taken off the deck of our room.
OH NO LOOK OUT!!! (insert the theme to 'Jaws' duh na duh na duh na) This is a sneaky seal after the bait in the crab trap. But I did look closer at the boat and they are smart crabbers, they are using the crab cages that keep seals out but let crabs in!
So we always have to take a drive out Beach Loop, this the house my Parent built over 40 years ago when we lived in Bandon. I was about 5 when they built this house and you can just imagine what the weather was like for most of the building. My Mom, being the good mommy she was fixed up the back seat of the car like a Doll House and I spent hours playing there while they worked on our home. Funny I had not thought about that until I was writing this! The 2nd story was added about 3 years after we left.
A stop to see Elephant Rock
This is better, you can see the 'trunk' of the Elephant and the ocean coming thru. This is the Elephant 'crying'
Face Rock, either I am not at a very good angle or the nose is wearing down!! ha ha
Time for some yummy fish and chips on the bay. I am not a huge fan of fish and chips but Paul wanted them and they were pretty good. Plus it was nice to be able to sit outside on the coast in April!! Just could not pass that one up :)
The entrance into Old Town, when I lived there it was just downtown! ha ha now they have really fixed it up and made it a fun place for people to go shop and spend their 'tourist' money which of course is good for the regular towns folk! Also a better shot of the Bandon Inn.
Now down to the Jetty, I have certain places I always have to see when we go to Bandon and I always have to go out to the Jetty. I remember as a kid there being a Tidal Wave warning and crazy people going down to the Jetty to ummm 'SEE IT' good golly can we say total idiots! The coast guard guys had to risk their lives to go evacuate them. It just ended up being a bad storm but it could have been really bad! Some people just never cease to amaze me!
The Bandon Lighthouse, which is what everyone calls it even though it is really the Coquille River lighthouse. No one would know what you were talking about if ya called it that! I remember going in this as a kid, way before they fixed it up and it scaring the begeezers out of me. It had a big ole hole in the bottom where you could have fallen. Of course that was a couple of years ago before all the safety regulations they have now. Hmmm wonder if that is why they have those regulations, to keep dumb kids out and stupid tourists under control! lol
The Jetty and a bit of spray
From the stories I have heard this is one of the worst 'Bars' to cross in a storm! This picture does not really show just how big these waves are. I also remember coming down to watch the Whales here. The story I remember and I do not know just how 'true' it was or if it was one of those 'slightly stretched stories' but it was about the whales wanting to rub the barnacles off their backs on the boats coming into the bay. I know it gave me nightmares thinking about being in one of those boats!! And no I was never even in a boat here in this bay, but my young mind sure did get scared! :)
Look at how blue the sky is in this photo, it was just taken a bit to the left of the last photo but that is Oregon for ya! Blink and the weather changes!! I just had to take one beautiful 'Beach' photo. Before we headed on to the REAL reason we came to Bandon!
Here is the Truck all draped in a tarp before we load the Furniture in, since we had spoken with Amber (our daughter) and she said it was pouring for the Pear Blossom Parade. She took pictures for me of Justin (our son) riding a horse as the Lone Ranger. You have to know Justin to know riding a horse in a parade is no big deal but putting on a costume now that is a bit of a stretch for him! ha ha. Oh sorry I sort of got side tracked there didn't I! lol
Anyway we are all ready to load up!
WOW what a stinking huge load! We had planned on bringing the trailer but Justin, who is our local delivery driver for the nursery had a huge delivery that was really late and we didn't want to wait until 8:30 to leave. So Paul being the great packer he is, just managed to cram it all in, with lots of tiedown straps,bungee cords and even some twine! And we are ready to head back to the Valley! So ends our Mini Vacation,but it sure was fun while it lasted!! As soon as I am finished with this post I am headed to the Nursery to plant some more hanging baskets :)
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