July 29, 2016 – Bandon, Oregon

We are here for three nights and it is nice not to be unpacking and packing. We do not have a big agenda of things to do. There’s time for a little activity but even more time for reading, doing puzzles, writing blogs, cooking dinners, and looking out the window at the ocean. I like the slower pace for a change.

This morning it is sunny again and we decide to go use the tennis courts we found next to the high school. As usual the tennis courts are in disrepair. There are cracks in the surface and the nets hang loosely moving in the breeze.

Did I say breeze? I mean wind, gale, category 3 hurricane force wind to someone who is trying to play tennis. It is blowing from behind me because there is no way I could hit through it to get the ball over the net. The wind even takes my racket and wiggles it around in my hand when I go to hit. Even harder though is trying to figure out what John’s shots are going to do. They are much shorter than they should be since the wind is pushing them back. Between the wind and the uneven surface we give up after about a half an hour.

Neglected tennis courts
Neglected tennis courts

Next we decide to go to the beach and see if we can find our house up on the bluff. Needless to say if it was windy on the tennis court, it is amazingly so on the beach. We walk a bit on the sand but the wide beach is intersected by small rivers of fast moving water which keeps us from going far. The first beach we go to is the Whiskey Run Beach. It is a little south of where the house is.

John by one of the streams on the beach
John by one of the streams on the beach
Deserted beach
Deserted beach

We decide to try another beach just north of the house to see if we can find it. Since access to the beach is at longish intervals due to the bluffs, the next picture is the best I can do. The house is somewhere up on the bluff.

The house is somewhere up there
The house is somewhere up there.  (Merchants Beach at Seven Devils Recreation Area)
An intrepid soul is parasailing in the 50 degree windy conditions
An intrepid soul is parasailing in the 50 degree windy conditions

The wind is pretty enervating so after a stop at the store we decide spend the rest of the afternoon quietly.

We really love making our own food while on vacation. It is fun to see what you can invent with a limited supply of items. As usual we have brought a few of our knives, a spreader, peeler, and cutting board with us.  You never know what you are going to find in a rental.

Equipment from home and some leftover bits and pieces for dinner tonight
Equipment from home and some leftover bits and pieces for dinner tonight

John and I use the cast iron pan again to cook a dinner of Asian beef and broccoli with rice.

Cooking Asian beef and broccoli
Cooking Asian beef and broccoli

Dinner is a success! We watch some ocean and some TV and call it a night.

Dinner turns out well and you cannot beat the view!
Dinner turns out well and you cannot beat the view!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s