After about 45 minutes with the java junkies, we went to the grocery and then I spent a little quality time at the laundry facility. After a little lunch, we went exploring.
We came to the Oregon coast to see the Oregon coast so that is where we started. And that is pretty much where we stayed all afternoon. We were on our way to the Port of Port Orford, but got distracted by large letters painted on the road which pointed the way to an “ocean view”. It turned out to be on the hill above the Port. How convenient. This port is different from what you would expect a small port to look like--there are no boats in the water around the pier. Port Orford has a very short jetty and is largely unprotected from swells, so the boats using this port (mostly commercial fishing boats) have to be hoisted up on the pier when not in use. While on the pier, each boat has a wheeled trailer it sits on. Very unusual.
From the Port we went to the Visitor Center to inquire about hikes in the area. The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is located at the end of the parking lot for the Battle Rock City Park. This enormous rock which sits right on the coastline was the site of the conflict between the local Native Americans and the first white settlers to come to the area. There is a little path which leads up and out over the rock. We didn’t do that, but we did walk along the beach for a way until the wind got the best of us.
|The Port of Port Orford|
Tomorrow, we plan a real hike to the highest point around here--Humbug Mountain.