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.
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