Wed. - Nov. 4th
Our first stop of the day was Coquille Bay Light House in Ballard's Bay State Park across the river from the pretty little fishing village of Bandon. It is also known as the Bandon Light and there is a foghorn that sounds about every 30 to 60 seconds. There is a draw bridge that allows big boats to go up Coquille River to the town of Coquille. We walked thru Bandon Old Town, bought some peanut butter fudge and did the beach loop drive. Further south we stopped at Port Oroford and Cape Blanco Light House, the oldest in Oregon, and the western most point of land in the contiguous United States. The day had started out beautiful, but by midafternoon when we arrived at the Light House, the winds were howling off the coast and the sky had turned very dark. The RV was rocking and I opted to take a picture from inside and stay warm.
Next we crossed the Rogue River on the Patterson Memorial Bridge at Gold Beach. Another McCullough designed bridge, it was the first prestressed concrete bridge, built in 1931. The bridge is lit up with blue fiber optic lights at night. Zane Grey, author of western novels, had a fishing cabin along the Rogue east of Gold Beach. There was a Rogue brewery at Newport. We have tried their beer along the way and it is pretty good. The Thomas Creek bridge built in 1964 is 345 feet above creek bottom and the highest in Oregon. We arrived in Brookings, Oregon late afternoon and decided to stay two nights, since there are supposed to be winds up to 50 mph tomorrow.