May 5th – Cinco de Mayo ~ Gold Beach, OR
I know I raved about the Giant Redwoods that we visited the day before, but truly there are few places on this planet that are any more beautiful that the Southern Oregon Coast.
We set up camp at Indian Creek RV in Gold Beach for three nights.
I have been awakened by roosters crowing before, but this was the first time that a flock of turkeys has been my alarm clock. Yes, it did sound like “gobble, gobble, gobble”.
The small on site cafe offers up a nice breakfast for a reasonable price. Tim and I were able to split a meal and go away satisfied.
This morning we chose to drive north of Gold Beach to start our exploring at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse and then work our way back south toward Brookings.
Cape Blanco is located 9 miles north of Port Orford. Circa 1870, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Oregon’s most westerly, oldest and highest point above the sea.
Tours are offered by a volunteer staff for a reasonable $2 per person. Closed on Tuesdays.
A small display is downstairs, and then we were invited to climb the stairs to see the views and lantern.
But this day was about smelling the salty air of the ocean, walking on the sand,viewing enormous boulders along the beach, and once again simply being in awe of how powerful and beautiful this area is.
Just north of Gold Beach, this stop offered up spectacular views. Do keep an eye on children however, as there are sharp drops along the cliff line as well as some areas that have been eroded and undercut.
Lunch break in Gold Beach where of course we had to have Mexican food to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
One of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In fact I have loved it so much that it has been the header picture on my blog site for the past five years.
This is a hidden gem, and unmarked, but I did spot a sign across the road nearby that is labeled Miller Creek.
Last stop of the day. Not as spectacular as some of the others, but still worth a mention.
There was quite a variety of blooms and other growing plants that jumped out and begged to have their pictures taken. Of course I obliged…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today has been one of those days that will remain firmly in my memory bank. Our weather was perfect, and I took great pleasure in showing off the extreme beauty of my homeland to dear friends. If you have never seen the Southern Oregon Coast, I encourage you to add it to your “bucket”, “wish” or “someday” list. Tim and I have been so fortunate to have seen many spectacular places around the globe, yet I can come “home” and still stand in awe and say “Oregon, you make me proud”.