I recently had two weeks off in between my old job and my new one, and I determined to spend it driving the Oregon Coast. I've spent a lot of time at the beach, but somehow I never had the chance to just drive. I guess I was either stuck on my parent's schedule, my friends' work schedules, or my own. Not this time though! I marked Bandon on my paper map, loaded up the van, and set off in the afternoon.
Seeing as I didn't have much of a schedule, I assumed I'd be stopping more along the way. Other than the sugar-snack bakery (where I had the best doughnuts of my life), a PB&J stop at Thor's Well, and a paddle across Clear Lake, I hardly slowed down at all. I was LOVING the drive. So much so, actually, that I found myself pulling up at the overlook to Bandon shortly before sunset.
I spent the day exploring Bandon, saw a baby seal, and got an incredible shot of the sunset. (See previous post) Fully satisfied, I headed out in the morning and made a whole slew of stops throughout the day. I tried taking photos of the bridge in Newport, but I later discovered I left my Fstop at 2.5 and forgot to check it at all that night; which, if you know, makes landscape shots a little bit blurry. Oh well. I finished my trip a few days later feeling entirely rejuvenated, but not yet satisfied. I didn't get any good shots of the bridge! At my parents house the next week, I couldn't stop thinking about how cool those photos would be if I didn't screw up my settings. Then, I kept thinking about it. A few hours later my family was settling into the evening chill when I just couldn't take it anymore. I grabbed my dad's jacket and a flashlight and took off in a flash. I made it to the bridge around 10:20pm, shot photos until 5:30am, and reaped the rewards about eight hours later after waking up. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.