Monday, December 28, 2009

Today was a beautiful sunny day with a high of about 58F (14C).

We decided to head to Coos Bay and take the scenic route and find the Cape Arago Lighthouse on the way, so just north of Bandon we picked up the Seven Devils Road. We stopped at the Seven Devils Recreation area, there was a nice beach there with a crazy girl standing out about waist deep in the water dressed just in her normal clothes – it must have been freezing cold! Not only that but also dangerous as all along the coast here they warn about sneaker, or rogue waves, which are large waves which come out of nowhere and can pull you out into the ocean. She had a friend on the beach, at least one of them was smart.

We continued on for a bit then came to a sign saying single lane road for the next 3.5 miles, well that was the longest 3.5 miles we have done in a long time!! It was 3.5 miles of my most unfavourite type of road with lots of heights, steep drop offs and twists and turns. Fortunately, we only met one other person crazy enough to take this road and it was on a bend where he had lots of room to pull over and let us by - we both let out a huge sigh of relief when we came back to the main highway! We had found out why they named this the Seven Devils Road!!! As John commented, it made the 40 Hills Road out of Lions Head look real tame! We sure won’t be back that way again!!

We finally ended up at Sunset Beach where we stopped and took some pictures and watched the waves crash in,

then drove about ½ mile further and stopped at the view point for the Cape Arago Lighthouse.

Unfortunately it was a fair distance away, not one that you can see up close, but it did look pretty sitting out on the point all by itself. The lighthouse has a 44’ high tower and was first lit in 1934.

We stopped at Fisherman’s Grotto in Charleston for lunch and had a bowl of delicious clam chowder. The people at tables on either side of us were having fish and chips and they looked really good – we got chatting with one couple for a few minutes and they said the fish and chips were really good. Certainly a place we would go back to again.

Something I haven't done in a long time is post funny signs we have seen in our travels but I couldn't resist putting this one in my blog that we saw today - Bonk & Bonk, Investigators!! We needed that laugh after driving the Seven Devils Road.

Our next stops were Staples and then Wal Mart, where we picked up some groceries, and by then it was time to head home.

When we got back John barbecued some pork chops for dinner and now I am trying to keep my eyes open to do this, they keep wanting to slam shut on me! I have a feeling this won’t get posted until tomorrow as I still have the pictures to do.

And so ends another great gift of a day here on the Oregon Coast and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

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