Tonight from my room, I can really hear the ocean kicking up. It was very windy today, so windy I couldn’t hold the camera still enough to get clear shots when I was down by the beach. I’m glad I decided to stay over in Bandon one more night. I had a day to rest and relax and not drive, and I don’t have to sleep on the sofa bed in my brother’s travel trailer tonight.
I’m staying at the Best Western Inn at Face Rock, down towards the end of the Beach Loop Road. So I drove down to the south end as far as I could go before I hit a flooded area, and then I drove back the other way. The bicyclist rode right through.
I went down onto the beach this morning, when it was just sprinkling, but the wind was so strong, I couldn’t stay long.
I did get some photos of Face Rock. For those who don’t know the story, here it is. One night when the moon was full and shining on the water, Ewauna, the daughter of Chief Siskiyou, who was visiting the coastal tribes for a big potlatch, went down to the sea they called Wacoma and went swimming. With her went her dog, Komax, and she carried a basket containing her cat and kittens. The evil sea spirit, Seatka, was not pleased that she did not fear him. He tried to make her look into his eyes, but she would not turn her face from the moon. Komax bit Seatka on the hand and howled, his nose to the sky. Angered, Seatka threw the basket of cat and kittens into the sea. The princess, dog, and cats all turned to stone.
When it started to rain more earnestly, I decided to follow the Beach Loop down into the port area. I went down Jetty Road first and saw some amusing things.
You can also see the lighthouse from Jetty Road.
There are lots of shops down in the port area, and I spent the afternoon in and out of a few. I visited with Peggi Towne at the Olde Towne Seafood & Market. There’s a farmer’s market there on Fridays and Saturdays, and during the week, Peggi and her husband, John, sell fresh fish and local meats. It’s a wonderful place, and I enjoyed talking with Peggi and hearing about the market.
Just a little farther down was a little tackle and bait shop that also sold fried seafood. Oh, yes, I did. I believe the owner’s name is Diane (according to Peggi), and when I asked for a substitution on the combination plate (I cannot eat oysters), she gave me the best calamari strips I have ever eaten. They were so tender, it was almost like eating tofu, only it sure didn’t taste like tofu!
I ate in my car, because it was raining and windy again, and a visitor landed on the hood of the car and tried to stare me into a share of my lunch. He stayed there for a good five minutes, watching me eat, cocking his head this way and that, then flew off, then came back and landed on the roof of the car. I could hear him walking around up there. When I was finished, I threw my two shrimp tails out the window, but I don’t think my friend got either of them. A crafty raven flew down and got one, and I think a mature seagull got the other. I felt sorry for my friend, but I didn’t have anything else to give him.
After lunch, I was driving around the shopping district down by the port and saw fudge advertised. Well, I ask you, what could I do? I stopped in at the Big Wheel and bought a piece of fudge and some Christmas gifts. The clerk who helped me, Gayla, took me into the driftwood museum attached to the store. All the art in the museum is made/carved from driftwood. There are some wonderful pieces in there. Thanks to Gayla for telling me about them. And there are some really imaginative interpretations of Face Rock, Howling Dog, and Cat and Kittens rocks by a painter named Jill Stockford. I didn’t feel right about taking pictures of her paintings, but if you’re ever in Bandon, stop in to the Big Wheel, go into the driftwood museum, and take a look at them. They’re quite enjoyable. And buy a piece of fudge. It’s killer.
After that, I walked around the corner to an antique store, Neat Old Stuff, where I got something for myself. I rarely buy myself souvenirs. I rarely buy anyone souvenirs. But when I see something I’ve been hankering for for years at a great price, I’ll buy it for myself. This was my present to myself for this trip.
I enjoyed my conversation with Eric, proprietor of Neat Old Stuff and part owner of Black Dragon Antiques. He really does have some neat old stuff in his small shop. I also bought some books at the used bookstore right next door. This is a terrific used bookstore, and I can’t remember the name of it, nor did I take a picture to remind myself. But if you’re into bookstores, this one in the port shopping area is well worth your time.
After that, I thought I’d look around the main part of town a bit, and as I drove up the street, I spied Face Rock Creamery. Tara had told me about it. She said the cheese was fantastic and the ice cream portions were huge. Well, I had to stop. And while I was there, eating mocha with chocolate chunk ice cream, I had a delightful conversation with a local couple also eating ice cream. I never learned his name, but her name is Sue. She told me how she prepares long-neck clams, and since I have some in the freezer to deal with, I’m going to try her baked method. Sue, thanks for that, and for giving me your email so I can check the details with you later on. Now, I have to buy some ramekins!
At that point, the rain was coming down in serious fashion, and it was getting dusky. I decided it would be a good idea to come back to the hotel and get dried out, then go out for a light dinner, a salad maybe, since I had that big, fried seafood lunch. I ended up going down to Lord Bennett’s and ordering a Caesar salad with crab and shrimp and taking it back to my room in a box, where I’ve been stretched out on the bed, noshing and reading and listening to the ocean. And now, I’m going to drink some decaf coffee and eat some of that delicious fudge!
Tomorrow, it’s on to Crescent City, and a big, family crab feed with my sister and brother and whatever other family members decide to show up. It can’t get better than that.