The day starts in Bandon, Or.
It's been a few years since I've been down this way - so I was interested in seeing the changes. A very good art supply store is gone, but the very excellent chocolate store is still there -they provide scrumptious desserts to some of the restaurants in town (scored a great chocolate/caramel mousse dessert after a wonderful fresh rockfish dinner at the Edgewater restaurant last night).
Then it was on to a tour of the Coquille River lighthouse
The lighthouse has never been open for tours on my previous visits so I was anxious to see inside. An added benefit was getting to meet Nina and Paul (Wheeling It blog ) whose delightful blog I've been following for awhile!
After lunch, it's time to check out some kayak put-ins
I was interested in a couple paddles around Charleston, Or -just up the coast a few miles. Plus, I wanted to take the scenic drive out to Cape Arago and check out Charleston, which has a very picturesque fishing marina.
The following photos barely do justice to the natural beauty of this area! From the Simpson Reef view point you can see (and hear!) Thousands of harbor seals, California sea lions and elephant seals. This is one of the few places along the Oregon coast where the seals pull out in large numbers - you could hear them from 1/2 mile away!
Fisherman's wharf in Charleston, OR
The marina in Charleston has a lot of big fishing boats - and lots of small fish stores selling fresh off the boats salmon, tuna, crab and whatever else they caught.
We got a large loin of tuna and grilled it for dinner. Served with a fresh raspberry sauce and stir-fried veggies - it was a really yummy end to the day!