A different beach this time… about 30 miles southwest of Bandon, the one I usually visit. For anyone interested in a bit of a geography lesson, Cape Blanco is the westernmost point in Oregon. It’s a close third to Cape Alava and Cape Flattery, both in Washington state, the farthest western points in the lower 48 states. Recently I posted a shot where you could see Cape Blanco jutting way out into the ocean as seen from the beach at Bandon. (you can see this cape way out on the horizon near the right edge of my image.)
The above image is looking at Cape Blanco from a beach just south of the cape (looking north in the direction of Bandon.) There’s a beautiful lighthouse here still in operation with its fancy Fresnel lens. The night the Bandon shot was taken was clear enough to actually see the light flashing from this lighthouse roughly 25 miles away as the crow flies. Sadly I didn’t get its picture from down on the beach today because it was shrouded in fog. Perhaps I’ll have better luck another day.For a great shot of the Lighthouse, you could go to my friend Nina’s blog where she also describes working as a volunteer Lighthouse host for the month of September. One thing she points out is that the weather constantly changes from one minute to the next stuck out there on the Cape.
Definitely not a wasted day though because the walk on this different (to me) beach was great fun and when it got a bit windy. We meandered on the trails amongst the trees. Perhaps I’ll show some of what we encountered in another post.