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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bullard Beach State Park and Port Bandon

Aloha Everyone,

Coquille River is in Southwestern Oregon and it empties into the Pacific Ocean. This is a beginning of the salmon fishing season and the Bullard Beach State Park located at the mouth of Coquille River was filled to capacity with fishing enthusiasts. Compared to our previous night's stay at Cape Blanco, this camping site can accommodate up to 200 plus RVs. Trees are still young and sparsely planted allowing lots of sunshine, but less privacy.

Some state parks in Oregon also offer horse parks for people who would like to bring their horses to enhance their camping enjoyment.

Coquille River Light House has been decommissioned since 1939 and historic restoration began in 2007. To reach the lighthouse, we drove through flat, windswept areas. Sonny and her husband are volunteers from Palmdale, CA. As is the case with most of the volunteers J.J. and I meet on the road, Sunny is cheerful, happy and helpful, and she truly enjoys her work.

Approach to the lighthouse

Exterior photos of the lighthouse

Driftwood on the beach by the lighthouse

Sonny with J.J.

Bruce and Joanne from Salt Lake City, UT were also visiting the lighthouse. They are traveling in their motor home but prefer to ride bicycles during daytime excursions.


For lunch, we found a very busy restaurant on the wharf of Port Bandon.

A sign on the door stated "We are not a fast food restaurant. Your food will be processed and cooked when you order the food." Our food took 35 minutes from the time we placed orders. They were served hot and delicious. While we were waiting and eating, which probably took about an hour, steady lines of people kept entering the restaurant to place orders.

Surprise treat for dinner. J.J. went out for a walk around the park and came back with a gift of snapper ready to cook from a fellow RVers. Watching and smelling the pines being burned in the nearby campfire pits is one of the gifts and magical times for RVing.

Dinner of snapper, bean salad with Kalamata & Moroccan Olive bread

J.J. had his salad with fresh shrimps as his appetizer

Aloha -- Cathi