Date: May 13, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: sunny till around 4, then a marine layer moved in
Temperature: start 47º
High 73º in Coos Bay after church; however we recorded 48° at 6:30 after the marine layer moved in and wind changed to a south wind.
Wildlife count: Rufous Hummingbird, Steller Jay, American Robin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Pelican, California & Western Gulls, Mallards, Turkey Vulture, Osprey
It was a quiet, beautiful, sunny Sunday! We enjoyed worship, and Laura preached about our denomination being ‘pregnant’ with new life, using a metaphor for Mother’s Day as well. It was very well done.
Lunch was the salad bar at Sizzlers. We stopped at home to change clothes, grab our lunch that I had put together in the morning, and get out to China Creek. A family was out on the beach having a great time, swimming, wading, and just playing in the sand. When they came back, and I gave each of the 3 children a bookmark about Snowy Plover, they were very appreciative. Turns out that this family lives in Powers, which is where we plan to go birding on Tuesday, so I was able to get some really current information on road conditions and hikes to the falls that we are considering.
We didn’t have a lot of time to read, as people came frequently, and we spoke to quite a few. One car drove up, and the passenger waved and waved and waved. It turned out that it was Rev. Laura, her husband Marshall and their 2 yr old daughter, Eliana. They were just out taking a drive and stopping at all of the beach access points, and happened to find us. We had a great visit, and thoroughly enjoyed playing with Eliana. It was a great way to spend a Mother’s Day afternoon.
After they left, a marine layer moved in, and the wind changed to a SW wind, which meant that we were no longer in a protected spot. We turned the truck around and sat indoors – having our evening picnic inside. Good thing we did – the temp dropped below 50 before we left, with a good strong wind! The shorts that I had did not seem like such a good idea anymore. Our snug RV was wonderful to come home to.