By the time we were ready to head out the sun was shining and we were feeling really lucky to possibly have another glorious day on the coast. We walked down to Bullards Beach, about 1 mile from the campground; a large dune separated us from the ocean. Climbing to the top we saw men along the shore fishing, some even catching and the lighthouse to the south on the Coquille River.
Leaving the campground we drove south to the lighthouse for quick look before leaving the Bandon area but first . . . a stop at Face Rock Creamery, a devilish place with outrageously good homemade ice cream, the smallest cup $2 and too much for one person to eat. They also have a love deli where we ordered a cheese Panini with some of their fresh aged cheddar, sinfully good! The also sell a nice selection of Oregon wines, handmade sausages, many cheese made on site and an array of tempting jams, jellies and picnic fare. This is a dangerous place but one I would highly recommend if in Bandon, if for nothing else than the ice cream.
Just south of town we diverted to a residential area just to poke around and we found an area with a Cliffside trail along the Bandon headlands, overlooking a beautiful beach. It was cold and windy but a really nice walk. The trails also lead down to the beach but we stayed up on top feeling too full to climb the steep hill after our lunch.
Leaving Bandon behind the drive south along the coast highway to Brookings took us through Samuel H. Boardman seashore, a beautiful area of offshore sea stacks, secluded white sand beaches and forested hiking trails, a really love stretch of coastline.
Arriving at Harris Beach State Park we found the entire front of the park had been devastated by the wind storm; most of the trees were down along the ocean side; the park was open but a massive clean up was underway. Even though it was Saturday we found a campsite, it was a little too close to the road and a bit noisy but we weren’t about to be picky and it did quiet down after dark.
After dinner we walked down to the beach to wait the sunset, sometimes spectacular in this park. Tonight it was beautiful but not what I would call spectacular. We got in a lot of walking today, about 5 miles so should sleep well tonight.
Sunset at Harris Beach