Date: May 30, 2012
Tonight’s Location: Bullard’s Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Weather: beautiful sunshine and warm
Temperature: start 46º
Birds: Western Snowy Plover, Steller Jay, Rufous Hummingbird, Crow, White-crowned Sparrow, Wrentit, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Black-capped Chickadee
The morning was absolutely beautiful – a robin-egg blue sky with almost no wind and temperatures warming quickly. We enjoyed a good high-protein breakfast and headed to China Creek for a walk to New River. We had been told that New River had cut a new discharge down at Floras Lake, so we wanted to see for ourselves.
As we walked down the beach, we started to collect amber and sugar agates to give to visitors, and soon we were finding lined agates and beach glass. We even found turquoise beach glass, not found too often. However, the incredible finds of the day were 2 BLUE agates, very rare, and John discovered another huge fiery agate, like the one he found last year. We were elated! New River still flows at Two Mile Creek.
We bought the chuck roasts for our French Dip and other spices, came home, started the charcoal, and prepared the Dutch Oven for the meat. We had planned to cook a brisket, but slow-cooked meats evidently do not sell here, so the meat markets cannot carry them. The ‘Rays Market’ in Bandon has a meat market that rivals Harter House – a wonderful abundance and the chuck roasts were lovely. We sat in the back yard in the sunshine and continued to heat coals for the 4 hours needed to slow-cook the meat.
We enjoyed the potluck with most of the volunteers – crab appetizers, our French Dip, potato salad and apricot pie. It was a feast! Came home, cleaned up the cooking dishes and crashed.