Even though an entire month may have been a little long for what this area offers, we've really enjoyed having a long sandy beach with a reef and the ocean a short walk from our doorstep. I've spent many hours in peaceful solitude communing with the ocean environment.
One bonus to spending a month in Charleston was proximity to Roseburg. During a recent heat wave Chantal and James drove out one Saturday to escape the 100 degree heat in Roseburg and enjoy lunch with us in Bandon and a comfortable 65 degrees on the coast...and we got a huge pile of veggies from Chantal's garden!
|Hans feeds our leftover pizza lunch to a giant fish created from trash found on the OR coast.|
|Washed Ashore gallery in Bandon, OR creates whimsical sculptures from trash found on Oregon beaches|
in turn educating the public about the importance of recycling and our impact on the environment.
|Part of the delicious bounty from Chantal's veggie garden...the farmers market came to me!|
When our friends John and Pam diverted to the OR coast for a couple of weeks we were excited to meet halfway between our respective camp sites. Tugman State Park has a nice three mile trail along Eel Lake...a great spot to reconnect with friends over our favorite activity!
|We saw several rough skinned newts along Eel Lake trail.|
|Bright orange mushroom.|
|More colorful fungus.|
|Love the colors on these wood snails.|
The long stay gave us an opportunity to hike all the trails at Cape Arago multiple times in different conditions. Though not on any park maps, we discovered a "secret" trail that runs from Cape Arago highway near the service entrance at Shore Acres State Park to the Cape Arago Pack Trail. One person has written about this trail calling it the Perimeter Trail. Here's a few more photos from this lovely trail.
|There are some really impressive old pine trees.|
|Most of the trail runs through lush rain forest.|
|Hey look, it's another rough skinned newt!|
|Damp days bring out new shrooms.|
|I love to catch the slugs eating the mushrooms!|
|Our lunch view...let's take a closer look at those cool concretions...|
|We watched a few seals try and try and try to get up this steep shelf.|
|They were determined, and one did finally get up there!|
|What a cutie!|
Today we begin a series of short hops up the Oregon coast. Even though we made our reservations in January, we could only get week days at the state parks...weekends will be spent at private parks for the next few weeks. With temps in the mid 60's and the beach nearby, it's all good!