Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Florence to Coos Bay

Tues - Nov. 3rd

We left the Dunes Area at 9:30 this morning for Reedsport. It's 55 degrees and a beautiful day. We crossed the Umpqua River Bridge ( largest swing span bridge) and the McCullough Memorial Bridge, a steel cantilevered bridge and the longest one the coast when built in 1936. It is the official symbol of the city of North Bend. Just two more of the many bridges designed by Conde McCullough.

From North Bend we drove the Charleston Loop out to Simpson Reef for a great view of the Cape Arago Light House. As luck would have it, there were hundreds more of the barking sea lions. Stellar sea lions weigh up to 2000 pounds. Elephant sea lions weigh up to 5000 pounds. Nothing compared to the 90,000 pounds gray whales can get up to. It's a sunny 74 degrees! We're loving it.

Arriving at Coos Bay, the largest city on the Oregon coast, we decided to camp for free at the Mills Casino. We went for a walk on the waterfront boardwalk and to a Thai restaurant for my birthday. I had Thai iced tea with my stir fry and both were very good. The Thai Tea was similar to Chai Tea. John had fried trout and a Soporo beer from Japan, both of which he was very happy with.

Smooth sailing to all.


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