Saturday, October 28, 2006

Coos Bay

Well we are off in the Musemobile again. This time it's to North Bend, Coos Bay, Charleston, Midway Sunset Bay and Cape Arago. We began in North Bend at the Mediterranean Cafe. This middle-eastern cafe was visited by Rachael Ray on her $40 a day tour so we had to try it. Tasty food (not like mother used to make) with a slightly different taste from what I had growing up but very good.

Then we hit the RV park at the Mill Casino. The RV park overlooks Coos Bay where the Coos river comes west to the Pacific Ocean and forms the bay. Members of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw and Coquille tribes lived, hunted, fished and gathered food along the bay and its estuaries, area rivers, and in the forests and meadows. Now they own a casino on the ocean like Donald Trump.

The sunrise here is spectacular. This is looking east across the bay from our RV spot.

Early morning and a tug is pushing a barge north on the bay and on the barge is a rather large crane. There is a little construction between us and the bay while they are renovating the boardwalk.

The colors at sunset are very nice for picture taking good light and deeper colors.

This is just before sunrise the second day again looking across the bay to where the Coos river joins the bay.

South of North Bend and Coos Bay is Sunset Bay State Park. And just a little south is Cape Arago. British and Spanish sea captains made the first approaches to the South Coast Coos Head at entrance to Coos Bay beginning about 400 years ago. Sir Francis Drake is said to have sought shelter for the Golden Hinde somewhere near Cape Arago in 1579, but few white explorers visited the region by land until the 1820's. Legendary trader and adventurer Jedediah Smith journeyed through the region seeking furs and Hudson's Bay company dispatched Alexander McLeod to search for an inland passage.

This is an especially beautiful spot and was actually the first place we visited when we started RVing with our Flagstaff trailer pulled by the Mini-Musemobile. There are roots of trees embedded in the sand of the bay we found out about at low tide when The Mad Scientist and Writ Woman visited us earlier this year. This is one of those root relics still showing despite the mid tide bay.

This seaweed looks a lot like a discarded bouquet languishing in the sand.

Sometimes the seaweed flotsam is very nicely arranged and other times it is a tangled mess

I really like this spot at the bay where the creek comes in mostly for the gentle curves and deep blue reflections.

This log in the creek gives an eerie tone looking like a giant croc with mouth open (mirrored image) ready to devour anything around.

This log being hollowed out almost looks like a shark complete with dorsal fin and open jaws.

So here is the Musemobile resting after the short drive and a great hamburger lunch.

No that's not a shadow of the seagull it IS a Raven/Crow/Blackbird - oh heck - it's some kind of black bird.

The seagull hung around for a closer picture. I wonder if he's related to Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Jonathan Livingston Seagull as written by Richard Bach, is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection and self-sacrifice.

First published in 1970 as “Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a story”, it became a favourite on American university campuses. By the end of 1972, over a million copies were in print, ReaderĂ‚’s Digest had published a condensed version, and the book reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list where it remained for 38 weeks. It is still in print as of 2006.

Bach said the book was inspired by John H. "Johnny" Livingston, a barnstorming pilot during the 1920s and 1930s. ~ Source Wikipedia

Can you hear me now - cute and that's exactly what Scrabble Queen is saying after exiting the Musemobile for open air and a better cellular connection.

Then there is the Kayak Guy who, after donning his wet suit, set out for the bay. At first I thought he was an ocean Kayak kind of guy but he just hung out in the bay catching waves and surfing in toward shore.

It's probably a good thing he stayed in the bay because the waves in the ocean were pretty fierce and the path to the ocean was very rocky.

He seemed to be having a great time and it looks like a lot of fun. I'm sure it's something Mattme would like to try some time.

Scrabble score ~
Scrabble queen 317 - the contender 295 - (Well yea but I won last night and should have done a blog then)

Quote of the Day -
"And we dance
To a whispered voice
Overheard by the soul
Undertook by the heart
And you may know it
If you may know it" ~ Neil Diamond from the song Be from the movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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