Our 31 mile trip north on Hwy 101 brought us to Bandon, a cute, small town that would be our home for the next three days. Bandon is larger than most of the towns we’ve been in and has an Old Town section right on the waterfront. Once we got settled we headed into town to check it out. We stopped at Coastal Mist for what I thought was going to be hot chocolate. Instead what we got was “drinking chocolate”. It was served in a small cup (think expresso cup) and came in many varieties. I had a mix of dark and milk chocolate and Ralph had the mint chocolate. It’s melted chocolate and was very rich and delicious. Evidently this is how hot chocolate was made in the early days. We walked around the old town section and I spotted Tony’s Crab Shack and vowed to return the next day for lunch.
The next day I went into Old Town and went to the farmer’s market for local honey and then to Tony’s for a lunch of crab cakes. I was disappointed with the crab cakes…not much flavor at all.
The following day we went to Sunset Bay State Park, Cape Arago Light House and the Coquille (Ko Kwel) Light House. We also went to Shore Acres State Park which has an English garden (think a small version of Versailles) right at the rugged ocean’s edge. It was once the home of a local rich man. There happened to be an Orchid show and a classic car completion. We both love old cars. Guess it’s the Detroit in us! I am always drawn to the Camero (1967-68) and the Chevelle SS 396. Those of you who knew me when will know why.
The Cape Arago Light House is not open and could only be viewed from an overlook on the highway.
The Coquille Light House tour took us only part way up the tower. We could not go up to the actual light. This is not a working lighthouse. An automated marker/light was installed at the end of the jetty.
We like the pace we have established. We stay three days in one place before moving on. That gives us two entire days to take in the local color and see what the area has to offer.
Next step Winchester Bay/Reedsport for our first stay at a marina.