There are also several miles of trails which we hiked one weekday morning and practically had the place to ourselves. We hiked over four miles with a good mix of hills and flats and wonderful vistas in many different environments.
|Boardwalk through fresh water lowlands.|
|Boardwalk continues into salt water wetlands.|
|The posts are remnants of reconstruction of the estuary environment during the early 20th century.|
Much work has been done to return the estuary to its original state.
|Much of the the trail system climbs through lush mixed forest.|
Circles in the Sand creates sand drawn labyrinths during extremely low tides on Face Rock Beach in Bandon, OR. We were fortunate to be only 25 miles away during one of these low tides this past weekend. Check out the link for the drawing schedule if you are in the area.
A group of volunteers spends about two hours under the direction of Denny Dyke creating the sand art, then the labyrinth is open to the public to walk for the next two hours (or until the ocean reclaims the beach). A volunteer offers meditation stones at the entrance to enhance your journey.
|Looking down on the full drawing on July 22nd, theme is Love.|
|As you walk you discover these lovely detailed designs scattered throughout the labyrinth.|
|Vibrant succulents on the rocks at Face Rock Beach.|
Bastendorff Beach is the beach adjacent to our RV park. It runs about half a mile from Yoakam Point, immediately south of our park, to the Coos Bay Harbor entrance jetty at the north end of the beach. Mussel Reef juts out into the ocean from Yoakam Point and we discovered recently that we can walk far out onto the reef at low tide.
|Yoakam Point is just south of our RV park and Mussel Reef is the small rocks heading into the ocean in front of the Point.|
|Walking out onto Mussel Reef we discovered a dramatic sandstone fin.|
|Hans standing near the end of Mussel Reef...it's about two hundred yards out from the shoreline.|
|Looking back towards the shore we can see more sandstone fins.|
|Chantal and I out on the Reef on a foggy afternoon.|
We'd seen signs advertising "fresh tuna available on the docks" when driving around town, so when Chantal drove out from Roseburg to spend a night with us we took a walk at Charleston harbor hoping to score some tuna for dinner.
|Kevin, owner of Jean C, sold us this beautiful 13 pound albacore for $2.50/pound.|
|After purchasing the fish from Kevin we carried it up the dock to be filleted.|
|This gentleman mans a station at the entrance to G dock and expertly filleted our purchase for $6.|
|We ended up with nine portions of about this size.|
Including tip we spent $41, and got approximately nine pounds of fish, so that's about $4.50 per pound.
And it was delicious!
One of the reasons for Chantal's visit, besides escaping the 90 degree heat in Roseburg and seeing us, was the opportunity to tidepool during an extremely low tide. When Chantal was little, growing up in San Diego, exploring tide pools was one of our very favorite things to do. -2.0 tides don't happen every day, so we were fortunate this one was on a weekend when she could visit.
Cape Arago State Park, just five miles from our RV park, has a very rocky shoreline, perfect for tidepools. The low tide peaked at 7am, which certainly kept the crowds down. We arrived about 7am, stayed for a couple of hours and the only other people we encountered were a group of six which looked like research students. This was a striking difference from tidepooling in San Diego, where we often share the beach with dozens of like minded folks.
|Chantal took this lovely panorama shot of South cove at Cape Arago.|
|We saw dozens of Gumboot Chitons.|
Only a couple of them were bright red on top like this one.
|We saw a few blood stars.|
|Most of the gumboot chitons were this brick color. |
This one is about the size of an adults size 10 or larger shoe.
|The underside of a gumboot chiton.|
|As we worked our way to tidal areas that are under water most of the time we came upon dozens of sea urchins.|
|Black leather chiton.|
That's more than enough photos for one post! Our month in Charleston continues...