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Thursday, May 09, 2013



Soooooo, I got up to my breakfast meeting 20 miles north of my office and waited for 45 minutes. NO ONE showed up there! So I ate my Frigo light cheese sticks that I had packed headed back to my office to pick up a cup of good coffee and headed to the coast.

It was a beautiful day to be on the road. The sun was shining and it was warm. The lunch at the conference was catered by Subway and the "sandwiches" were 1x2 inches! Glad i packed my lunch! I ate my roasted potatoes and boiled eggs. And a chocolate cookie with peanut butter chips. Heavenly!

It was so beautiful after the conference that I had to take pictures of the ocean. It is usually so cloudy and windy over there! I (usually) hate being at the coast!







This is my all-time favorite lighthouse! This is the Coquille Lighthouse in Bandon, Oregon.

From Wiki: Originally named Bandon Light, Coquille River Light was commissioned in 1895. First lit on February 29, 1896, the light guided mariners past the dangerous shifting sandbars into the Coquille River and harbor at Bandon. The light contained a fourth-order Fresnel lens and connected to the nearby keepers house by a wooden walkway. In September 1936, a large wildfire swept through the surrounding area, and destroyed most of Bandon. The town soon became bankrupt as a result of the decline in shipping. Coquille Light was shut down in 1939 and replaced by an automated light on the south jetty.

The light was originally built with a Daboll trumpet for its foghorn, which was used as the light's fog signal for several years. However, at certain times due to specific weather conditions, the sound of the trumpet would fail at sea, and in 1910 the trumpet was replaced by a more reliable fog siren. While mariners liked the new signal, many Bandon residents did not. The siren would eventually be removed along with the Fresnel lens after the light's decommissioning.

Over the next 37 years, the condition of the light deteriorated due to neglect and vandalism, until the 1976, when its first major restoration began. However, by this time, the keepers quarters and other outbuildings had deteriorated past the point of repair, and were eventually removed. In 1991, a new solar powered light was installed in the tower.



When I got home, I went to bed for a short nap before my meetings. I ate a little lean roast pork before taking off, then a few slices of deli ham with some Club crackers before bed.

This am, I got 35 minutes in on the stationary bike. I need to do some errands at lunch time, so I won't getting any walking in. Maybe around the valley tonight..... I have run the stairs a few times already.

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PEACEFULHOME 5/10/2013 11:14AM

    I enjoyed the information about the Coquille Lighthouse. Yes, we've had some amazing weather on the Oregon coast the last few days. We rarely reach 80 for the entire summer but we had two days of 80 degree weather. Yesterday when I was walking on the river walk, a cruise ship was docked with many tourists walking to see the sights. It was so sunny and beautiful - I imagine they thought it was like that all the time here. You did so well with your food (planning ahead for success) and even getting exercise in.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/10/2013 8:22AM

    Beautiful day and great photos. I grew up in New England so I will always have a soft spot for lighthouses!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/9/2013 8:45PM

    Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing!

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PATRICIAAK 5/9/2013 8:43PM

    It's almost like being there. Thanks for the share.
Congrats on your commitment.

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KARIDIAN1 5/9/2013 8:43PM

    Your job sure keeps you busy! Great photos.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/9/2013 3:58PM

    You are incredible! Meetings, meetings, meetings and still managing to eat healthy and get in some fitness minutes. You inspire me to do more!
Beautiful coastal pics. I'm in the SF Bay Area near Napa Valley...kinda think of you as a northern neighbor.
BTW, I'm a terrific Teddy Bear in the 5% Challenge. Good luck to you in reaching your personal goals!

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COFFEEMUG2009 5/9/2013 3:00PM

    Great pictures

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DETERMINEDJANET 5/9/2013 1:12PM

    You aren't kidding how unusual those full blue skies on the Oregon coast can be to find! Beautiful photos!!!

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TORTISE110 5/9/2013 12:59PM

    I love seeing these pictures. I know the coast, grew up in WA State and always miss it. Thank you!

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CAROLLEE57 5/9/2013 12:06PM

    thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures and great job on the planning ahead!

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WHITNEYTEACHER 5/9/2013 11:24AM

    Beautiful pictures! I'm glad you got your walk on the beach emoticon I've been to the Oregon coast many times and you're right, the weather often isn't very good. My dad lived a lot of years in Crescent City and used to say "It rains, when it quits raining the fog comes in, then the wind comes and blows away the fog and then it starts raining again."
I pack my own food most of the time when I go places too, that way you know what you're getting ahead of time. Glad you had a good day.

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MYJOYNOW45EST 5/9/2013 11:09AM

    Thanks for the info on the lighthouse... beautiful pictures, too. Almost like being there. Congratulations on staying true to your diet and excercise plan. I've just started the new Richard Simmons HOPE plan. Yesterday was my third day and a complete failure! I'm getting older (67) and am in a lot of pain in my shoulders from a couple of mishaps. I just sat on the couch and watched tv. Today is better 'cause I'm determined to do better. I'll be excercising to Richard's DVD right after this. No excuses!
I grew up in northern California and my beach experiences were similar to yours - beautiful but cold - no swimming. Now I live in Florida and the weather and warm water are welcoming most of the time. Keep up the good work! emoticon My best, JOY

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NOTSPEEDY 5/9/2013 10:51AM

    Beautiful pictures. When we drove up the Oregon coast in July a few years ago, we just about froze. Had to buy some long slacks. Thought it would be hot lol.

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