North of Coos Bay is a raw spit of land with miles of dunes. Some of them giant and filled with various noisy UTVs and OHVs. The plover and the USDA are on their own at this National Recreation Area.
For camping and other information at Horsfall, click Horsfall Recreation
In the middle of Coos Bay is Mingus Park complete with a ballpark, skatepark, playground, picnic areas, benches, ponds, gardens, tennis court, swimming pool and restrooms.
We favored the ponds and gardens. Part of the park is a Japanese garden dedicated to sister city – Choshi, Japan. Only a mile of trails – but enough to explore or sit to people-watch.
Surrounding this garden is a forest and beyond that – a regular residential neighborhood.
Near downtown Coos Bay is a boardwalk along the bay with interpretive signs, tour boats and fishing boats. You’d have to walk back and forth to get any distance – but that’s okay. They’re building a new Visitor Center – that will add to the walking distance.
As part of revitalizing Coos Bay, some artist are having fun. See this other ‘Bay Area.’
For more information on the town, click Coos Bay.
On the Coquille River this town was deemed a port in 1913, but was busy from the 1880s with lumber. On a Sunday morning, it looked like people were going to crab church.
In Bandon, the art includes huge wood sculptures,
And an unusual hanging of paintings off the railing
An organization called Washed Ashore created a couple of other pieces of artwork – this one is Henry the Fish, made mostly of discarded/washed ashore plastics.
Click, Walking and Hiking site with several trails and information on length, trail type, etc. Though I think their difficulty has to do with sand or dirt or paved not with elevation changes.
‘My people’ live in Bandon too. Very hip cup of coffee with art at Bandon Coffee Cafe.
We stopped and drove by many other places along the rest of the Oregon coast, but not always with great pictures and always unreadable notes – sorry.
We do make it home to California with stops in Crescent City and Arcata. More later.
See you on the trail!
Photos by Mike Millar copyright 2013, available upon request.