Sounding Off About Bandon, Oregon

Outdoor Artowrk display in Bandon, Oregon

Although our RV remains crippled in Junction City, we plan to fulfill our obligation as Lighthouse Volunteers at Cape Blanco.  To do that I secure lodging over the weekend closer to the Cape.  I select Bandon, Oregon which is about 30 minutes from the lighthouse to avoid the 300 mile roundtrip commute required from Junction City.  As a plus, Bandon offers seaside respite for a reasonable price.  As July is the beginning of the tourist season, to stay within our budget I reserve a tiny room for two nights.  A double bed dominates the limited floor space forcing us to play a Twister like game of body placement in order to maneuver about the room.

Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse

What I did not discover prior to selecting this venue for our weekend stay is that Bandon’s harbor is marked by a foghorn which operates 24/7, no matter the weather.  I time the blasts from this horn at 18 seconds apart using the scientific 1001, 1002, 1003… method. I hope in vain that this counting might lull me to sleep.  Storm thinks the horn trumpets every 3 minutes. One internet post I found claims the author timed the interval between the sonorous bellows at 45 seconds.  I believe the disparate results may be more evidence of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.  Apparently the higher your level of irritation with this resonant sound, the more frequently you hear it.

The good news is that when the weather turns foggy on the second night, the moist air seems to dampen the roar of the horn.  I agree with the many internet posts I perused searching for some facts about the horn (I never found anything).  The facts are that Bandon has a quaint harborside section with waterfront dining, historic Coquille River Lighthouse across the inlet and driftwood strewn beaches perfect for evening strolls.  Just be sure to bring your earplugs if you want to get any sleep!

Bandon Oregon Visit

Beach Near Lighthouse
Beach Near Lighthouse
View from Bandon side of harbor entrance
View from seaside walkway
View from seaside walkway
Storm braces against the NW wind
Storm braces against the NW wind
Pacific Sunset viewed from Bandon, Oregon
Pacific Sunset viewed from Bandon, Oregon
Pacific sunset viewed from Bandon, Oregon
Pacific sunset viewed from Bandon, Oregon
View of Cape Blanco Lighthouse from my volunteer spot on a foggy Sunday afternoon
View of Cape Blanco Lighthouse from my volunteer spot on a foggy Sunday afternoon

 

 

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow Stormy (my personal full time RV mechanic and repairman) and me as we travel all over the US in our Country Coach RV. I’ll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks we learn!

4 Replies to “Sounding Off About Bandon, Oregon”

  1. Such beautiful pics!!! (I didn’t hear the horn!) 😛

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Hi Mary – So nice to hear from you! I have to admit, that is one pretty little town and I am sure that eventually I would not even hear the horn either!

  2. Ruth Morgan says: Reply

    These ARE beautiful pictures!!

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thank you!

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