Good Times in Port Orford

Fun, Friends, Food, Fishing, and a Fair…

The house of our good friends, Kenneth and Paulene…

The girls: Elmo, Big Bird, Fly Girl, and Paulene…

Paulene and I have a girls’ outing in Bandon…

A mini-golf tournament with Paulene, Faith, Allen, and Kenneth…

Sharing a meal…

Can you guess where these eggs came from?

The Ring Game, invented by Kenneth…

Kenneth takes Jeff fishing…

Celebrating Jeff’s 66th birthday…

When you purchase freshly frozen fish from the Food Co-op, you know when it was caught, how it was caught, by whom it was caught, and even the name of the vessel from which it was caught.

We always run into friends on Battle Rock Beach…

And finally, the second annual Street Fair organized by our  friends, Steve and Kathee Dahl. Unfortunately Jeff and I missed it this year because we spent August exploring Olympic National Park and Peninsula, Mt. Ranier, and Glacier National Park. Kathee is a local artist and Steve, Jeff and I volunteered at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse together last year.

This is the Best of Port Orford!

Lowest Tides of the Year

July 3rd… Tseriadan State Park and Agate Beach

Piddocks burrowing holes in rocks…

Pholadidea, also known as piddocks or angelwings, are a family of bivalve molluscs similar to a clam. One of the piddock’s shells has a set of ridges or “teeth” which it uses to grind away at rock to create tubular burrows. The shape of these burrows is due to the rotating motion of the piddock as it grinds the rock to make its home. The piddock stays in the burrow it digs for the entirety of its 8-year life span. Piddocks use a tube-like structure on their body, called a siphon, to filter water for food. (en.m.wikipedia.org)

Port Orford Heads is the huge land mass in the background. From the Coast Guard Museum you can walk out onto the Head and look over Agate Beach below. Do you see the footprints in the sand and a person walking? Those beaches are usually inaccessible except during minus tides.

Glorious tidal pools…

Limpets, barnacles, and mussels…

A kelp forest and emerald green seaweed…

The uncovered rocks are alive!

Jeff and I walk to the beach under Port Orford Heads.

I spy a purple Sea Star, a lime-green Anemone, and multi-colored kelp on my way back.

Too beautiful for words…


July 4th and 7th… Battle Rock State Park and Beach

Sea Stars and more…


The seashells move in this tidal pool!

Hide-and-seek…

A closer look at the inside of a Jellyfish…

The colors!

This Sea Anemone is eating a crab claw. Seriously… you try pulling it out of its grip!

I can’t stop taking pictures!

An osprey’s nest…

We discover friends on the beach too… Star Humans!

Jeff and I with Penny, John, and Dana…

Penny is a volunteer at Port Orford Library. She recycles used books. Dana is her husband. John is Cheryl’s husband. Cheryl is the Youth Services Librarian with whom I am volunteering with on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Here she is on the end in this next picture…

Good, good people! The true stars of Port Orford!

Independence Day The Port Orford Way

4th of July Jubilee

We start the day at the American Legion Hall where we attend the Rotary Club pancake breakfast with our friends Kenneth and Paulene.

Kenneth and Paulene go back home to feed their 4 chickens and we decide where we will meet for the 11:00 AM parade.


Meanwhile, I walk along Idaho Street to check out the line-up of parade entries and get a preview of what to expect.

I end up at the Community Building where the Quilt Show is displayed.

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“Diamonds and Dots” by Debbie Startt (pinterest.com)

I start talking with a visitor quilter and learn all about the different patterns, stitches, and symbols. She explains the difference between sewing machine stitches and hand stitching to me. Together we admire a black and white quilt and she points out the subtle artistry of the quilter’s unique pattern of not repeating the same pattern.

Wow! I never knew… I leave with a deeper appreciation of the art of quilting. And… I have just enough time to meet up with Jeff, Kenneth, and Paulene before the parade begins.


The parade starts off with a bang, led by Greg from Buddha’s Wellness, the local herbal dispensary.

Phyllis, the volunteer diva, is the queen of the parade.

Our good friend, Kenneth (everybody’s friend), runs out to greet her.

Here comes Smokey the Bear… Remember, only YOU can prevent forest fires! 

Local kids decorate their bikes for the parade.

The rest of the kids watching the parade collect bagfuls of candy strewn along the route. Paulene and I run out to collect candy for the children too shy to grab the booty for themselves.

The floats arrive. (I don’t understand some of their themes either…)

Horses with stars on their butts…

A humongous rock for repairing and reinforcing the jetty at Port Orford’s Dock…

A logging truck makes a political statement about Oregon’s upcoming vote on House Bill 2020, “Carbon Cap and Trade Bill” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (It fails to pass, by the way…)

And finally, on a lighter note… The parade police round up parade observers not wearing a two dollar 4th of July button and throw them in the pokey.


The Dinghy Races

Because the waves are too high on Battle Rock Beach, the dinghy races are moved to the beach by the dock. Four 2 person tag teams complete 6 laps from the shore to the anchored boat with the orange buoy. We meet up with Kenneth and Paulene and Faith and Allen on the hill overlooking the beach.

The winning team uses aluminum oars as opposed to the wooden oars of the other 3 teams. We cheer on the slow, steady, determined team who comes in last.


After the races, the 6 of us head over to TJ’s for brewskis and lunch.

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We make tentative plans to meet for the fireworks on Battle Rock Beach before we go our separate ways.

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But we never meet up…

Jeff and I get too comfy in our jammies. Kenneth and Paulene choose bed too. Allen and Faith live in a house overlooking the dock and have the perfect viewing spot for the fireworks from their windows and decks. (I guess they were in their jammies too…)


Since July 4th is on a Thursday this year, the Jubilee celebration continues into the weekend.


No other town celebrates July 4th quite like Port Orford! It’s an amazing event and experience.

Flowers Everywhere

Blacklock Point

Iris…

Bunchberry, also called Dwarf Dogwood…

Salal…

Rhododendron…

Trapper’s Tea (a type of rhododendron)… MAYBE 

Lupine…

Coast Manroot, also called Bigroot…

Lupine and Coast Manroot…


Sisters Rock State Park

Blackberry…

A prickly pod of something…

Bird’s-Foot Trefoil… MAYBE 

Beach Fleabane…

Scotch Broom…

Sea-Watch, also called Seacoast Angelica…

Some kind of Stonecrop… MAYBE 


Port Orford Heads

Salal and Sea-Watch…

Paintbrush…


Around Town

Sweet Pea…

Scotch Broom…

Foxglove…

Tiger Lily…

Prairie Rose…

Tinker’s Penny, also called Bog St. John’s-Wort… MAYBE… (the flower matches but the leaves do not)

Some kind of Wormwood that grows in the sand… Maybe 


And finally, I want to share this picture of a Bottlebrush Bush…

It’s not a wildflower. It is planted outside of the American Legion Hall where in a few days the 4th of July Pancake Breakfast will take place. The red flowers and blue sky capture the colors of the flag. The green leaves remind me of Mother Earth and her sacred splendor that I want to preserve.

Back to Port Orford

Up to Wyoming, Over to Utah, Into Idaho, and Across into Oregon…

The first night we stay in Rawlings, WY at Red Desert Rose Campground.

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This Mom and Pop RV Park operates like a hotel. Besides offering mints and dog treats upon registering, a courtesy vehicle is available to any guest in Class A or Class C recreational vehicles, or guests who prefer not to unhook their tows.


The second night we pull into Brigham City, Utah and stay at the Golden Spike RV Park.

To get here, we travel parallel to the Great Salt Lake and manage to sneak a peek of this famous body of water between the green foliage.


The third night we cross the border from Idaho into Oregon and stay in Vale, Oregon at Vale Trails RV Park.

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This place is really out in the country!


Finally, we stay in this coiffed park-like setting at Bend/Sisters RV Park in Sisters, Oregon. It’s beautiful!

You place your garbage outside the RV and someone picks it up daily.

Wine and beer is delivered right to your door too, if you so desire.

A rodeo is taking place here over the weekend so we fall asleep to horses and bulls singing low-voiced lullabies.


Wednesday we are back in Port Orford…

Amen!

Lasting Impressions

Of Port Orford

Fuzzy flora…

Tall blooms…

The Port Orford Heads on Dock Day (June 16th)…

The Morrison Dancers on July 4th…

The dinghy races on July 4th…

Port Orford’s dock…

Battle Rock Beach at low tide and through the fog…

A foggy view of Humbug Mountain from Battle Rock Beach…

A beached jelly fish…

Bull kelp at low tide…

Hubbard Creek cutting through Battle Rock Beach…

Waves…

Fish caught by our friend Kenneth…

Agate Beach and low tide debris…

My friend AJ’s car…

The Street Fair organized by our friend Steven…

The Spoon in Langlois…


By now you know how much Jeff and I love Port Orford. The sea either calls your name or lets you pass by. Three summers ago Port Orford beckoned us like a mythological siren. It is simple and pure… raw and refined… small but large with an underground network community… isolated but social… SPECIAL!

Please take the time to view this excellent video about the uniqueness of Oregon’s southern coast from Bandon to Brookings with Port Orford in between.


Bye bye, so long, farewell Port Orford… See you in June!