Date: May 20, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: partly cloudy, partly sunny
Temperature: start 51º
Wildlife count: Western Gull, Brown Pelicans, Osprey, Double-crested Cormorants, White-crowned Sparrow, Violet-green Swallow, Crow, Surf Scoters
Worship was delightful this morning. Afterward, we split an omelet at the Kozy Kitchen. We really went there for soup, because it was cloudy this morning and soup sounded good. But by the time we arrived, the sun was out. So much for the plans of mice and men!
We were at China Creek by 1:30, and with the sunshine, and little wind, it was shirt-sleeve weather. Tyna visited us for quite a while, and we just enjoyed the afternoon.
When some folks with an unleashed dog walked down-beach, I donned my boots. I was hurrying, and on the way down the path, I realized that the slick rock was wet and really slippery. I squatted, and my boots went out from under me, and I skidded the rest of the way down on my bottom – BUT, I didn’t fall! I just had a wet and sandy bottom. The folks were very nice and took off north with their dog.
Some children caught a fish in the creek (looked like a salmon), and when they went off to other pursuits, a gull quickly made a meal of it. (see photos)
About 5:30, we watched the eclipse begin and we set up the scope to get some pictures. However, it was not long after that a significant marine layer began to move in. The good news was that one could view the sun without concern, but the bad news was that the layer quickly obliterated the sun. What excitement! Several folks came down just for the view. It was a great day.