Yesterday was definitely the better day to travel, as I made my way 110 miles from near Medford back to the coast at Bandon, Oregon. Today, the storm hit, and the winds are 30-40 mph, according to the rangers here (the guy at the gas station said 50 mpg gusts, and I know that because I was out of gas and really wanted a full tank to face the storm so I’m ready as I can be for whatever might happen). By Saturday, the winds might be up to gusts of 90 mph.
So here I sit in my tiny trailer, surrounded by tall trees because there’s nowhere else to go and I couldn’t drive there even if I had a safer place to hang out; the winds would just push my rig all over the road. Whatever happens, happens. I know the park rangers are constantly culling bad trees for safety reasons so I’m not worried.
What else to do but drive around and see how stormy it really is? So that’s what my friend Linda and I did. The car was shaking in the parking lot of the wayside that was sunny and warm two weeks ago, and it was getting really battered at the other wayside that is windy in the best of times.
We decided we just HAD to walk closer to the beach and so we did, the wind blowing sideways so hard we had trouble standing upright at the top of the dunes overlooking this beach.
If you feel like you’re missing out, here’s a bit of video to blow you away (pun intended).
The good news is all the pine needles got blown off my car 🙂