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Black-bellied Plover on China Creek Beach

Today's agate find

End of the shift


Date: September 10, 2012

Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon

Weather: rainy, then sunny, windy

Temperature: start 56º

High 68º

Wildlife count: Gray whale

Birds: Brandt’s & Double-crested Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, Turkey Vultures, Black-bellied Plover, Sanderlings, Western & Least Sandpipers, Western, California & Heerman’s Gulls

The new crop of volunteers for September do not seem to want to go out to breakfast, so it was just Bill & Diana and us at the Minute Café this morning. We enjoyed sharing about their personal history, and then we were off to China Creek. It rained the entire time we were in the Minute, and then quit when we went south and the sun broke through. Since it was our last day, and Monday’s are usually slow, we decided to walk to New River. It was a delightful walk, and we found quite a few agates along the way.

We enjoyed our last picnic lunch on the beach, and then headed for home. We stopped at the office and turned in our handbook and vests, swept out the camper, showered and went to the laundrymat. While waiting for the laundry, we picked up a few tri-tip steaks for dinner. However, when we were almost done, Jim called and he had caught six crabs for us – and even had them cooked and on ice. What a treat.

Sooooooooooo, when we got home, we had steak and crab – what a great combination! While we were cleaning up, Tom called and shared about the fires in Montana. After some discussion, we decided we had better change our trip home, as upon investigation, we found that there are fires on the way to my cousin Kay’s as well.

Our next job tomorrow then is to plan a new trip home. We walked the loops with Bill and Diana and then crashed for the rest of the evening.

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