Bandon and Coos Bay

Sunday, 19 July 2009

The sun was shining and for just a minute while having lunch inside an authentic Mexican restaurant along the bay, I felt like I was in another country. My short trip to the West Coast was needed to escape the stress of it all and I had a lovely time listening to the waves crash, watching the seagulls soar and I even saw a herd of wild Roosevelt elk on the way home.

I snapped these shots in Bandon, which is along Hwy 101. There are huge rocks just off the coast line and I think the one below is Face Rock.

One of the best things about the West Coast is the drift wood shelters. All along the beach, you can find huge pieces of driftwood and then campers construct little huts. Exploring is a treat.

The highlight of the trip: experiencing wildlife! "Elk Crossing" signs line Hwy 38 between Reedsport and Coos Bay. I even noticed a few "Elk Viewing" areas but when I drove through on Saturday, the elk were not around. Well, they were out in the open on Sunday.

The herd consisted of about 16 bulls (male elk) and the Ranger said they are all young. He told a crowd of people watching the animals that they've lived in this area of Oregon for years. There is a fence blocking the forestry land from people but the ranger said an elk can jump a 12 foot fence without a second thought. That made me back away slightly. For perspective, elk are about the size of a small horse and not as big as a moose. Certainly an amazing sight!


Jinjajam said...

Oh what a gorgeous weekend,wish I was there.....we must talk,love you

LMJ said...

Looks like a beautiful place to visit and love that it's only a few hours away from Eugene. JJ and I did a bike ride with his Dad & step Mom this weekend. Great weather and great company. Can't ask for more than that. I'm enjoying the new blog, have a great week!!

Tina L. Hook said...

Is it just me or are these ocean vistas almost ethereal? What a lovely trip. I enjoyed the videos too.

Denae said...

JinjaJam - Can't wait to talk. Your pics during your holiday are fabulous. LW - bike rides are so much fun. I also took a ride yesterday and want to buy a bike for Kings when he gets here. Tina Lane - thanks for the messages and for reading. This was a fun day away. It was a bit chilly as it usually is on the coast in Oregon but the views are gorgeous.