_14 October ‘09 I’ll bet you there are more state parks on the Oregon coast than any other coast in the states… Every few miles we come across one or two that line the coastline. Tonight we’ve chosen Cape Blanco State Park, which is just off Hwy 101 south of Sixes, or about 10 miles north of Port Orford, Oregon.
_Boy let me tell you, the winds can blow along this coastline… As we “tried” to sleep last night, we were told the winds blew between 45mph with gusts to 65mph. You mix that with a little rain and you’ve got a racket. Fortunately for us, the winds did die down by 10am and we were able to get back on the road. With the winds hitting us directly in the nose and gusting to 35mph, it made for quite a drive for the day. We weren’t in any hurry, so when something caught our eyes, we stopped. The winds did kick-up one heck of a surf, and with that, it made for many stops just to watch the breakers hitting the rocks. I don’t know just how high the waves got today, but they were some of the highest we’ve ever seen, long, high, and powerful. Of course some of our favorite towns still warrant a stop or slow drive through…Newport, Waldport, Dunes City, and our all time Oregon coast town of Bandon. Bandon has seen its potential and the merchants, politicians, and townspeople have moved forward and did a great job marketing itself to the tourists with quaint buildings and a harbor to kill for. Well we’ve filled our gas tank twice now since leaving Seattle and we’re getting just over 9.5 gallons a mile. We also filled the propane tank this afternoon…$1.99 a gallon (5 gallons to fill). That was a pretty good buy. As we were traveling just outside of Dunes City, we came across a truck weighing station and I thought we should find out just how much weight we were taking down the road…thank God we’re within limits.