Oregon Bound and Down... travel blog

Date: June 16, 2012

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

Weather: sunshine, some marine layer

Temperature: start 55º

High 65º

Wildlife count: Harbor Seals

Birds: Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Black Oystercatcher, Western Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, Song Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Double-crested Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants,

We took coffee over to Jean and family early and then prepared sausage/egg/cheese burritos for breakfast. We cleaned up and headed to Coquille Point for our Saturday work. A new volunteer, Bev, worked with us. At the start, the marine layer was so thick that we couldn’t even see the rocks, so we just talked with Bev for awhile.

When the layer cleared, we set up the scopes and enjoyed beautiful clear skies – till the next layer came in! There were 3 layers of fog in the 3 hours that we were there. However, the Puffins were out for at least an hour, so lots of folks got to see them. Several families came through and were very interested – it is so neat to see kids get excited about learning new things.

We also met a city councilman and Bev immediately began talking to him about Bandon’s website – turns out that the council is having difficulty with the Chamber of Commerce as well. It was an interesting conversation.

We stopped at the new Farmer’s Market on the way home – it is just starting, and at Rays for burgers and buns. We spent the afternoon visiting with Jean, Ed and Jessie – took a walk to the Pioneer Cemetery. Dinner was cheeseburgers, Fumi salad with snow peas, and corn on the cob and ended with Blueberry/Raspberry Cobbler. It was a real treat! We sat by the fire till dark.

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