Date: August 19, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: cloudy am, sunny in Bandon pm
Temperature: start 54º
Wildlife count: Black-tailed Deer
Birds: Western Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, Sanderlings, Black-bellied Plover, Western Gulls, Turkey Vulture
We picked up the gals and went to worship on the beach at Sunset Bay – it was delightful. It was a joint worship with the North Bend UMC. Laura played the guitar and led the singing with a woman from the North Bend church. Her message was that no one stands alone. She took bread that she had baked and passed it among us, asking us to break off a piece. Then she asked us to find several people who had pieces of bread the same size, and then she gave us a few discussion questions. The purpose of the discussions was to show that we all have much the same ideas about God – we aren’t alone – we stand together. This was particularly important because the North Bend church had just burned to the ground 10 days earlier. It was a great way to develop groups. Then we shared together in a delightful potluck, with our church preparing the burgers.
Since we didn’t have to go out to eat we were early getting back and were out at China around 1 pm. John and the gals went out to walk the beach, searching for agates – all had a great walk. However, the parking lot was soon very crowded with people, including Marty and Pat, as well as a visit from Dwight and Cheryl Wickert. We enjoyed sharing, however frequently interrupted by guests to the site. It was a crazy day with a new Beach Ranger’s truck stuck in the sand and some folks walking through the Plover dunes with their dogs off leash, and a man on a motorcycle.
Afterward, we had a quick bite at DQ and dropped the gals at their hotel. When we came back, we talked to Chris, who had been able to extricate the other Ranger’s truck. We also saw that the Margarita party was still hopping, so we joined the other volunteers for a few minutes before we retired to crash. It has been an interesting and tiring day.