Sunday, June 30, 2013

Beautiful days in Port Orford

Odometer  35647 miles
Trip meter  0

Yesterday and today have been just beautiful on the Southern Oregon coast, the sun shone, the fog stayed off the coast, and the temperature was warm.  The sky here has a deep blue color that I have not seen elsewhere, not a trace of smoke, or smog.

Joan and I decided to take a short drive to Bandon, approximately 25 miles up the coast.
We really like the oldtown section of Bandon down by the marina, and have visited here many times over the years.

The streets on this Friday afternoon were not very busy and we enjoyed the ability to cruise in and out of the many little boutique shops.

One of our  favorites over the years has been this sweet shop on the corner of 1st and Chicago streets.

Peanut butter fudge, chocolate mint, lemon bars, rocky road, licorice, and lots of cranberry everythings.

They offer free samples of everything, so you can try before you buy- but be careful their ploy works well- we hardly ever leave without a purchase.

Another reason for our trip was to see the new Face Rock Creamery in Old Town on highway 101.

Between the years 1936 to 2000 Bandon was the home of the Bandon Cheese Factory, the sole survivor of many cheese manufacturers over the years that have called Bandon home.  The Bandon Cheese Factory was purchased by a larger rival in 2000 and closed down.  In 2011 the city took steps to entice a cheese maker back to Bandon resulting in the new Face Rock Creamery.  The Head Cheese Maker recruited is none other than the original Maker from the Bandon Cheese Factory, Brad Sinko.  Mr. Sinko has been working with Beecher's Handmade Cheese since the closing of the Bandon Cheese Factory, his sheep and cow's milk cheese called Flagsheep Cheese recently won best of show out of 1700 entries at the 2012 American Cheese Competition.  Getting him to return to Bandon to a small start-up creamery is a very big deal.
We can testify that the cheese made here is excellent!

On our way out of town, we checked out some second hand shops where Jeff was able to get a good deal on a used fly reel.  Now armed with a copy of Fly Fishing for Dummies by Peter Kaminsky, one of dad's old bamboo poles and a good used Pfluger reel- well who couldn't succeed in becomming a reasonably decent fly fisher?

The home inspection report on our prospective house purchase came by e-mail this moring at 5 AM!  (No- I wasn't up to receive it- I was just looking at the date stamp on the file)  Talk about dedication, Absolute Home Inspection never ceases to impress.  We spent some time this morning making a list of items that really need attention and deciding on whether we needed the owner to assist with the cost.  We had a quick meeting with our real estate agent and then returned to the RV park for a pot luck dinner with our all our neighbors.  The Park owners Tim and Cindy provided the buns and hot dogs and we all brought a side dish or dessert.  Great fun and good conversations.

We wrapped up the day with a medium long walk and some practice with the fly rod and some flyline (no hook) in the street in front of our RV.  This fly fishing thing is a little harder to master than I initially thought.  
I was really glad I had no hook on the line!

Your Traveling Friends

Jeff and Joan

1 comment:

  1. I just can't not read everything and anything about the coast of Oregon. I've seen it get a bit more crowded since we started visiting years ago, but thank goodness its reputation for rainy weather drives people away. They think of Oregon as the "rainy, dreary state" when in fact we have spent many days of beautiful weather in Oregon, especially in the "Banana Belt". As for me, I'll take it foggy, rainy or whatever. Have the right rain gear and it's just as beautiful in the rain. I've always wanted to spend a winter on the coast just to watch the water during storms. I've heard people say it's better than watching fireworks.

    Thanks for your post.