In June, 2015, we met my three sisters in Bandon, OR / Bullards Beach State Park for three days. Bandon is just about half way between Seattle and Santa Rosa, and on the Oregon coast so it seemed like a good choice. Our original choice was Umpqua Lighthouse State Park because they have "deluxe yurts" but they decided to repave the park and close the whole place! So it was off to Bandon.
Bandon is great. Old Town Bandon was nice to see, with good restaurants and shops, and right on the Oregon coast. Bullards Beach State Park is just across the Coquille River. There is lots to do, including touring the town, walking the beach, visiting the lighthouse. We saw the beach at low tide and saw the local critters there, and there was a man who made labyrinths on the sand. There is the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge for migrating birds but it wasn't migrating season.
I recommend this state park for a visit. It is probably better to visit in July through September for better (warmer) weather, but we had a good time. We had fun flying stunt kites on the beach.
We ate in Bandon at three places:
We had dinner the first night at The Loft. Highly recommended.
We had lunch the next two days at Port O'Call and Wheelhouse. Recommended.
We had two dinners at the campground and thoroughly enjoyed the food and fellowship. We got to try our new Weber Q1000 gas grill and it performed admirably. Highly recommended.
2015 July First Trip
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.