Some days are so fantastic! We woke to a sunny, relatively warm day in Bandon, Oregon, about a mile from the beach. Our plan was to head north and visit with a family friend in Coos Bay, OR and then stop at several of the points of interest in the state parks located along the ocean. Gorgeous gardens at Shore Acres State Park commemorate a lumber tycoon of the late 1800’s early 1900’s, Louis J. Simpson. We walked to the observatory and took some fantastic photos of the rocks diving into the water toward the coast at about a 45 degree angle. The geologist in me was psyched; remnants of subduction activity at it’s best! Farther down the road we caught far-off glimpses of a small pod of Gray Whales and Steller Sea Lions barking over the crashing surf. Osprey, Pelagic Cormorants, and thousands of seagulls (several species) graced the sky and calmer waters. Having learned to read a tide table and make necessary calculations we caught a low tide in the latter part of the afternoon and walked the tide pools in search of smaller creatures. It was my hubby’s first opportunity to see tide pools; I anticipate we will spend a bit of time walking Puget Sound’s tide pools (hopefully this summer) since I have spent many summers there and want to show him the incredibly colorful and large sun stars, star fish and crabs which were noticeably missing from the pools we went to locally.
As a cap on the day, we decided to stop at the 7 Devils Brewery (http://www.7devilsbrewery.com/about-us/) downtown Coos Bay on our way back to our home-away-from-home in Bandon. Seven offerings in a flight, go figure. I am noticing a trend this journey, most of the beers are between 4.2 & 6.2% ABV instead of creeping up into 8-10% territory which was the case a year or two ago as we traveled the eastern side of Oregon and Washington. This certainly makes for better tasting experiences for lightweights like me, much appreciated.
Seven ales, all names derived from the landmarks, plants and marine lingo that pervades the local culture. 7 Devils is well rooted in the Coos Bay culture (possibly , determined to be a sustainable business with creative employees and fun attitude. Much less in-your-face than the Lost Coast Brewery, earthy, beachy and subdued. We missed the music that was possibly only minutes away when we left. It was a great way to cap off a coast hugging day. Certainly getting my fill of the ocean, something I miss being land-locked in Walla Walla.