Last Trails, Last Sunsets -> Adieu OR Coast (‘Till Next Year)
We’re winding down our very last few days here on the gorgeous OR coast. On Monday we’ll be packing the rig, waving our last teary coastal goodbyes and moving inland. Current jello plans have us in Eugene for a week, then Crater Lake and then (possibly) another fall drive down our favorite highway in the entire country (spectacular Hwy 395) before we land our jacks for a month of spa at Desert Hot Springs.
After then? Likely some random boondocking in the SW desert, maybe a little jaunt to San Diego and possibly some adventures we’ve not even thought of yet…we’ll see…
Staying on the coast this summer has been one of the best decisions we’ve made in our 3 years of RVing. We’ve hit perfect temps, near perfect weather (getting better each month), discovered our new fav city on the coast (beautiful Bandon) and experienced something we’ve wanted to do for a while -> lighthouse hosting. After a personally tough start to the year, this summer was a soul-soothing balm and has only solidified our love of the wild and wonderful OR coast. It was also wonderful to slow down, enjoy the space and soak in the full experience of the southern coast with time to spare. Our month in Bullards Beach was fabulous and this past month at Cape Blanco has been enchanting, poetic and gorgeously wild. We’ve throughly enjoyed the park, the lighthouse job, the trails and yes…even the crazy weather!
Our time at Cape Blanco has also given us the chance to discover nearby Port Orford, the oldest city on the coast. It’s not quite got the charm and size of Bandon, but it’s a neat little town with a mix of eateries (go to the Crazy Norwegians for lunch and hit Red Fish for an evening glass with a view), history (the Lifeboat Museum is a “must see”), natural beauty (Port Orford Heads is a fabulous short hike with jaw-dropping views), art (several galleries in town) and even a cute little Sat AM farmers market (the locally caught fish and pastured pork are amazing). Given time it’s a town I could grow into….and it gets bonus points for having a RedBox too.
Between the stunning nature here at the Cape, nearby Port Orford and lovely Bandon we’ve been totally satisfied and have practically turned into locals. I now order “the usual” at the local coffee roaster, have exchanged recipes with the pastured pork vendor and am on a first-name basis with the fish monger….what more could you want in life?
But alas our nomadic itch is scratching and despite sad adieu’s we’re excited by the next stage of our fall plans. We may have seen our last OR coast sunset this year, but it certainly isn’t our last time here. We’ve signed up for another 3 months lighthouse hosting next year (including Sept…our FAV month) and almost can’t wait to come back.
Adieu beautiful OR coast. We’ll see you again soon…and maybe you’ll join us here next year too?