The weather was to improve today with rain showers throughout the day instead of unrelenting rain. I headed south to explore with the sand dunes a constant feature the entire coast line.
I stopped to see the Umpqua Lighthouse, a sister to the Heceta Head Lighthouse. It was built as the same time as Heceta using the same design.
The parking lot for the lighthouse is also a whale watching view point. In the parking lot sat a man in his car with the window down and a sign that read: “Ask me your questions.” A volunteer taking shelter from the weather in his car. We chatted and he explained the oyster farm in the distance, knew the lighthouse facts, and provided me a recommendation for a place to let the dogs run. Being a volunteer docent I have a new understanding for these individuals. We want people to ask us questions. Play stump the docent the next time you see a volunteer.
Further south I drove through Coos Bay to Cape Arago and Shore Acres.
My last stop for the day was Shore Acres garden. What a surprise. An immaculately maintained formal garden, in a somewhat remote location, managed by the state parks with free admission, and located next to the beach with interesting rocks. How could I not love the place? And there are volunteers staffing the area with a RV area for them to stay. I will remember this place for potential future volunteering.
After seeing the gardens it was time to end the touring and head for home. It was a two hour drive and I hoped to make it back before dark.