New Digs, New Job & New Gear – Cape Blanco, OR
Well folks, we’ve made it to the wild west of Oregon. This is as west as you can get, as wild as a stormy sea, as desolate and beautiful as a raw, dreamy vision. If you thought the rest of the coast was remote you just ain’t been here yet. Oh yes it is WINDY, all kinds of windy with all shapes of gusts and blows but that’s also because you’re as “out there” as you can get. We’ve arrived at Cape Blanco -> our new digs, our next month home and our new exciting, jobs for Aug.
Cape Blanco sticks out like a crazy, lonely finger from the OR coast into the wild Pacific Ocean revealing endless miles of some of the most beautiful and rugged coastline on the coast. This is where the land meets the weather, where cliffs drop precipitously to the sea and where a single white lighthouse stands guard above it all. The only thing here is a campground, a historic house and a lighthouse with nothing but endless miles of wild views in between.
We entered the park yesterday to a sunny (and indeed windy) morning backing into our new, huge and very private RV site. The campground here is simply lovely and the 4 lighthouse host sites are set aside from the main loop surrounded by green on sides and front. We even have a slice of stunning ocean view right out our front window! After our arrival and chat with our lighthouse neighbours (all of whom are experienced “old hands” -> one couple has even been coming here for 10 years!) we went for an afternoon training and goodies.
The lighthouse here is still operational and much larger than Coquille River so there’s a rotation of 3 couples on-duty each day with a very organized tour-plan. Since it’s so unique and so very windy we even get special volunteer gear with brand new jackets and hats, plus bonus wooden name-plate, water bottles and license plate holder -> oh yes, they’re rightly proud of their lighthouse here and they’re not kidding around!
After our whirlwind tour we lazed away the afternoon on the gorgeous beach and explored several of the trails around the campground. This place is stunning and there is no doubt we’re gonna love it here, wind and all. Our first real hosting day starts tomorrow so it’s study-day today and hopefully smooth sailing without too many screw-ups for our shift tomorrow (we’ll see…). I’ll be writing all about the lighthouse (and the surrounding area) as we go, but for now I’ll just leave you with some preliminary pics and the promise of many more.
Oh and in case you’re wondering….yes, it IS windy today…..