2/3/2014 – Bandon By The Sea

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.

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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:

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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.




About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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5 Responses to 2/3/2014 – Bandon By The Sea

  1. joan yoder says:

    We have been known to get up and leave if we don’t want to stay for any reason. Three hours traveling time, tsk,tsk,. But, then you are retired and there is no big hurry. Course I am being a “Mom” and want you to stay in the states longer. Love, Mom

  2. SailVivacia says:

    Sorry, Steve, I didn’t reply to the first post of your current road trip, but it’s good to have my favorite blogger back at his keyboard. The Minute Cafe sounds like my kind of place; I love corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast! We’ll probably still be here in La Paz when you return. Have a safe trip.
    Alan & Elizabeth

  3. Steve and Lulu,

    Glad to be reading your posts again. You can always make a meal come alive in my mind. Will you be ambling through Astoria in the near future? If you do on the weekend maybe we can meet for a meal and we’ll give you the fifty cent tour of Andromeda. If you are nice, we might even let you work on her.

  4. sailmama says:

    Steve & Lulu,
    delighted your muse has returned – ours died, we think! We enjoyed the photos of you two and your grandkids yesterday – didn’t comment there as you already had many to read and reply to.

    Love that you are headed south again and that we can read occasional comments from our friends that we led to you (Hi there, Alan & Elizabeth on S/V Vivacia), your friends that you led to us (Hi Melissa of Little Cunning Plan), and your family (Hi Mama Joan!). Keeps us mindful that one day we will be back aboard “Chamisa” and sailing the beautiful blue again ourselves…perhaps our muse is hiding aboard or at least hanging around in the boatyard somewhere in the sunny Sea of Cortez?

    When we first returned from Mexico last spring, we were stunned at the random violence on the nightly news. It is a comfort to us, and we hope to your stateside family and friends to be reminded of what we know – that you two follow the standard advice for safe travels in Mexico: no night driving, no speeding or breaking of other laws, and absolutely no guns. Plus you speak better Spanish than most cruisers we know, so, trust you will continue your journey safely, and we look forward to reading about your continued adventure.

    We are on dry land in southwest Florida in our little twin to your beloved “Flipper”, as you know (but others don’t due to our dead or at least “muse in hiding”!). Getting spoiled royally with sunny 80+ days here while family and friends are suffering the continued wrath of Mama Nature with nearly the nearly constant winter storms in the Midwest and Northeast. Who knew it would that a teensy couple of inches would bring Atlanta to her knees?

    Anyway, keep up the good writing work as you meander southward.

    Much love, Keith & Kay

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