Saturday, June 8, 2013

Flexibility is Key

Flexibility turned out to be the key for a successful and enjoyable day.  My original travel plan was to drive only as far as Cape Blanco State Park to bird and camp, but as we drove south along the Oregon Coast we noticed a hard wind from the north was developing.  I knew it would put the birds down and make our camping experience less than enjoyable out on Oregon’s farthest western tip. Plan “B” became checking out a small BLM campground up the Sixes River four miles.  When we arrived there it had a hemmed in feeling and at 10:30 AM it was already 80 degrees. Plan “C” became driving on to Port Orford, perhaps to Humbug Mountain State Park, which sets down in a much protected spot. We knew phone and Internet connection might be a problem.  As we approached the park Jeanette noted zero connection. Now we were up to plan “D”, to Harris Beach State Park at Brookings.  I knew its location right on the ocean would mean cooler temps, and the timbered campground would offer protection from the wind. Its proximity to Brookings would mean phone, Internet, and television reception.  So here we are set up this afternoon in a shady site at Harris Beach State Park, temps in the mid-70, and no wind.  Jeanette noticed some limes that needed to be used before going bad, so being creative as well as flexible, she made fresh squeezed lime-aid! Ah, life is good.

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