Having covered a whopping 210 miles in 2 days, we were just pooped! So, we decided we deserved a lay day in Bandon. Actually, since the RV park was so close to Old Town and the sun was shining and the skies bright blue, we figured we’d better make better use of this unusual winter’s day on the Oregon coast than using it just for driving.
We got up when we felt like it (me around 7:00, Lulu around 8:30), had leisurely breakfasts (me: ham and cheese scramble, Lulu: cold cereal and banana), took showers and then headed into town for a look-see.
It was coolish out but the sun was shining brightly. This being the off-season and Superbowl Sunday, there weren’t very many people out and about either. We wandered down one street and up the other. Our goal was to find our selves a couple of cool coffee mugs. We have travel mugs but they don’t feel right for just leisurely sitting around sipping. We also bought some china mugs in Loreto but they’re kind of small. We wanted a pair of hefty artisan-made pottery mugs. It’s fun to have something that you’re looking for to cause you to go in every store.
On the walk into town, we passed this place that has something to do with ridding the ocean of garbage. I didn’t read the reader boards so I’m not sure exactly what they were doing but they had these two sculptures out on the lawn, made completely of plastic and styrofoam crap they’d apparently picked up off the beach.
This guy, who is supposed to be a loveable harbor seal, looks way too much like the creepy rabbit in Donnie Darko. Remember him?
I liked this fish a lot better.
As we wandered around, we just couldn’t get over how nice it was for a February day on the coast.
The walk along the waterfront is really nice. The Port or City went to great lengths to make a very tasty setting and they must work hard to keep it clean and nice looking. I loved the use of local wood for the furniture:
These pieces are there to be used, they’re not just artwork.
We eventually found our mugs (and a hat for me and a pair of socks for Lulu) and headed back to the camper. While Lulu was doing laundry, I was checking out our next day’s route and reading comments on yesterday’s blog. A comment from our friend Carol led us to the Face Rock Creamery where we went a little nuts buying locally-made cheese. We got some cheddar, some jacks, some fromage blanc and some curds. We’ll be snackin’ high-class style for the next little while. Now that Tillamook bought out Bandon cheese, it’s nice to see that someone is carrying on the cheese-making tradition in Bandon. By the way, our mugs, which were supposedly made and signed by a local (now deceased) artisan, each bore a sticker saying “Hecho en Mexico”. The store owner had no explanation but she did compliment me on what nice hands I had (“for a man”) so I let her off the hook. I’m easy that way.
We wandered down to the Arcade Tavern for a couple of brews but ended up only staying for one. The Superbowl was on and the place was loud. And, for as big as the room is, there isn’t that much seating since two pool tables pretty much dominate the floor space. So, we wandered around and ended up at Foley’s Irish Pub. The Superbowl was on there as well but the atmosphere was much quieter. At least until Seattle made a touchdown. We found 2 seats at the bar and enjoyed a couple of Stellas before moving on. Our plan was to go to The Wheelhouse for a bowl of oyster stew for dinner. I had picked up a brochure at the RV office and oyster stew sounded really good. We found The Wheelhouse and headed upstairs to eat in the lounge. Lulu went off to use the restroom while I perused the menu. When she got back I said that they must be very proud of their oyster stew. A bowl cost $16. But that was a bargain compared to the cioppino at $26 a bowl. Lulu, bless her, stated the obvious, “You know, we don’t have to stay. We can leave.” Yes, yes we can and so we did. I don’t mind paying decent money for good food but $16 for a bowl of soup is nuts. The Sea Hag in Depoe Bay has the best oyster stew we’ve ever eaten, served in a huge bowl for $9. Instead we headed across the street to Tony’s Crab Shack where 2 bowls of clam chowder and 2 Coors Lights set us back $15.50. It wasn’t oyster stew but we were much happier campers as a result. Stopped at the grocery store on the way home for some crackers to spread our garlic and black olive fromage blanc on for a snack while we watched The Office.
It was a beautiful and unexpected day in Bandon but, just as we headed off to dreamland, we heard the pitter patter of raindrops hitting Flipper’s roof. Rained off and on all night. Must be time to leave. We’re going to go back downtown first though. On our way north we had breakfast at the Minute Cafe in Old Town. I had corned beef hash and eggs and it was amazing. Obviously homemade hash as there were huge chunks of corned beef throughout. I forget what Lulu had but it was equally impressive. And, they had ample butter for the English muffins! Unheard of. So, the Minute Cafe it is and then we’ll hit the road.
Today’s goal: Trinidad, California, a distance of 170 miles or a little over 3 hours. Just right.