Sentinals Of The Sea – Bandon Sea Stacks, Bandon, OR
The more we stay here at Bullards Beach the more we are digging the area. Despite Paul’s back issues, this place has been one of the nicest stops we’ve done on the coast. The cool town of Bandon is only 5 mins away and is the kinda spot that’s not-too-small and not-too-big. A pretty coastal town with a port, a relaxed boardwalk, several good little restaurants, a selection of excellent services and even an artisan chocolate shop (you bet we’ve sampled it!). Since we’ve been here we’ve had several meanderings around cute Old Town, enjoyed some very tasty fish taco’s at Tony’s Crab Shack, and taken the lovely drive around the Scenic Ocean Loop.
But probably the most dramatic thing about Bandon, apart from its’ lovely lighthouse is its’ beach, and even if you come here for nothing else you should most definitely come for this.
And it’s all about the sea stacks.
Sea stacks are tall columns of rocks near a coast, isolated by erosion. There are many of these along the Oregon Coast, the most famous of which is Haystack Rock up up in the north by Cannon Beach. The ones here in Bandon are not nearly as large, but make up for it in pictorial beauty by their awesome variety. Formed by volcanic islands that “rafted” into the Oregon coast many millions of years ago, these rocky sentinels erupt from the sea right off the coast and provide a stunning background to the beach.
And there are enough of them to occupy your camera for months. From Face Rock (as legend has it the face of Native American Princess Ewauna, daughter of Chief Siskiyou who was lured into the sea and drowned by the evil ocean spirit Seatka), to Witches Hat, Garden of the Gods, Table Rock, Cat and Kittens Rock and Elephant Rock. The Ocean Loop Drive takes you though all of them with several scenic overlooks and a ream of shapes and names to inspire both eyes and imagination.
We’ve already taken a few trips to view these beauties, getting just a sprinkling of their moods. From a heavy day last week where the rocks were grey and wild to a brilliant clear walk that I did 2 evenings ago while Paul was having his acupuncture. And of course all are foot and paw-accesible. We may end up staying here at Bandon longer than originally planned (more on this to come), in which case I hope to capture even more dramatic shots of the rocks. In the meantime I’ll just leave you with a sprinkling of their tastes and (hopefully) a yearning for more.
P.S. The old hubby is still progressing well. We made it to walking around the campground loop yesterday, and he actually poured me a cup of coffee this AM which shocked me enough to make the remark “gosh, I’m not used to being waited on hand and foot”. Goes to show even an old dog can surprise a spring chicken such as myself.