Retirement is not the end; it is a wonderful new beginning.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Beautiful Bandon By the Sea
Old Town Bandon is charming with turn of the century buildings housing lots of restaurants, art galleries, and typical beach trinket shops. The old buildings have the wide wood planking on the floor and high ceilings--lots of character. And I love the occasional walkway through the middle of a block styled with cobblestone, flowers everywhere in pots and window boxes, and the little shops displaying their inventory in the window. We liked one shop in particular, C'est Vert (meaning "it's green")--we bought their wild rice (grown and packed in Oregon). The owner, Clyde, told us about a scenic drive back to Highway 101 and a little history of the town. After a downturn of the lumber and fishing in the area, Bandon re-invented the town. From the looks of it, they've done a good job.
We took the drive recommended by Clyde and confirmed that Bandon has a gorgeous beach with rock "sea stacks". You can walk to the rocks at low tide (picture upper left).
Back at our home base in Port Orford, we discovered the view here is breathtaking. Looking forward to our hike at Port Orford Headland State Park later this week. It'll include more Port Orford ocean views like this one. (picture right)
Tomorrow is a long day--the 104-mile trip up the Rogue River.
Each day is a gift and in retirement, even more so. The time is mine to pursue anything that interests me and financial freedom gives me possibilities. Locations--Near and Far. Creativity. Social Life. Good Health. Enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature.
This blog was started to document our travels across the country (hence the title, "Driving Miss Terry"), but it has become so much more. What a wonderful phase of life, I do not intend to waste it.
12/14/13-12/31/13 - Olympic Peninsula, WA 12/13/13-12/14/13 - Grants Pass, OR 12/01/13-12/13/13 - Paso Robles, CA 11/01/13-12/01/13 - Borrego Springs, CA 10/23/13-11/01/13 - Wickenburg, AZ 10/22/13-10/23/13 - Las Vegas, NV 10/21/13-10/22/13 - Jackpot, NV 10/14/13-10/21/13 - Richland, WA 10/10/13-10/14/13 - Jackson, OH Year 2012 Itinerary
01/04/12-01/18/12 - Disney World, FL 01/18/12-02/27/12 - Titusville, FL 02/27/12-02/28/12 - Albany, GA 02/28/12-02/29/12 - Little Rock, AR 02/29/12-03/01/12 - Amarillo, TX 03/01/12-03/02/12 - Albuquerque, NM 03/02/12-03/05/12 - Kingman, AZ 03/05/12-03/06/12 - Jackpot, NV 03/06/12-03/07/12 - La Grande, OR 03/07/12-03/09/12 - Richland, WA 03/09/12-10/10/13 - Olympic Peninsula, WA
Year 2011 Itinerary
01/09/11-01/23/11 - Congress, AZ 01/23/11-02/12/11 - Las Vegas, NV 02/12/11-02/18/11 - Death Valley NP, CA 02/18/11-02/22/11 - Valley of Fire SP, NV 02/22/11-03/08/11 - Zion NP, UT 03/08/11-03/15/11 - Lake Powell, AZ 03/15/11-03/19/11 - Grand Canyon, AZ 03/19/11-03/21/11 - Camp Verde, AZ 03/21/11-03/30/11 - Sedona, AZ 03/31/11-04/07/11 - Cortez, CO 04/07/11-04/21/11 - Moab, UT 04/21/11-04/28/11 - Capitol Reef NP, UT 04/28/11-05/01/11 - Bryce Canyon NP, UT 05/01/11-05/02/11 - Twin Falls, ID 05/02/11-05/03/11 - Pendleton, OR 05/03/11-05/22/11 - Richland, WA 05/22/11-11/05/11 - Olympic Peninsula, WA 11/05/11-11/08/11 - Eugene, OR 11/08/11-11/09/11 - Redding, CA 11/09/11-11/10/11 - Bakersfield, CA 11/10/11-11/13/11 - Lake Havasu City, AZ 11/13/11-11/15/11 - Yuma, AZ 11/15/11-11/17/11 - Tucson, AZ 11/17/11-11/18/11 - Deming, NM 11/18/11-11/19/11 - Carlsbad, NM 11/19/11-11/23/11 - Fredericksburg, TX 11/23/11-11/29/11 - Livingston, TX 11/29/11-12/01/11 - Vidalia, LA 12/01/11-12/02/11 - Mobile, AL 12/02/11-12/04/11 - Carabelle, FL 12/04/11-12/06/11 - Crystal River, FL 12/06/11-01/03/12 - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Year 2010 Itinerary
05/30/10-05/31/10 - Silver Creek, WA 05/31/10-06/21/10 - Astoria, OR 06/21/10-06/28/10 - Netarts, OR 06-28/10-07/05/10 - Lincoln City, OR 07/05-10-07/26/10 - Winchester Bay, OR 07/26/10-08/02/10 - Port Orford, OR 08/02/10-08/16/10 - Klamath, CA 08/16/10-08/23/10 - Redcrest, CA 08/23/10-09/07/10 - Napa, CA 09/07/10-10/05/10 - San Juan Bautista, CA 10/05/10-10/23/10 - Paso Robles, CA 10/23/10-10/24/10 - Adelanto, CA 10/24/10-11/26/10 - Palm Springs, CA 11/26/10-12/26/10 - Chula Vista, CA 12/26/10-01/09/11 - Borrego Springs, CA