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Bandon, Oregon Frugal Travel Guide

Strolling down the shores of Beach Loop in Bandon, Oregon with my husband Brian the other night, I was amazed by the sheer power of the wind. Blowing so hard that we had to tuck our heads down and trudge slowly against it's never-ending gusts, we joked that it felt as if we were in the Arctic!

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Sand swirling around us and waves crashing against the rock formations just-off shore, we felt as if we would freeze before we got to the other side of the famous Face Rock. I wanted to get to the other side before the sun set, to try to get a shot of the sun just above her mouth, as if she were drinking in the light.

When we finally reached a spot where the shore was dry enough to set down the tripod (in which my wonderful husband was kind enough to carry, even with the metal handle being SO cold), the sun was setting just behind her head. If you take a look at the rock behind the sun, you can make out a forehead, nose, open mouth, and chin - Face Rock. The colors were more than inspiring that evening and God set his sun to create a perfect halo above this lonely woman of the sea.

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Our fingers were so frozen that we could hardly close our hands into fists as we made our way back to our car, but the sunset was more than worth the trip! These memories created during my photography adventures, mixed with the jaw-dropping sights God gives us during them, make my life all the better. As CS Lewis may put it, they're "unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." This is actually from a quote of his about friendship, but it makes me think of these journeys, as well.

Have a blessed week, everyone!

By Chelle152 from Coquille, OR

Beautiful sunset over ocean at Face Rock in Bandon, Oregon

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At our new home in Bandon, my husband and I are lucky enough to be able to be in walking distance to pretty little Old Town, it's petite harbor, and even the beach!

Sunset Sail, Bandon, OR

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I was amazed by the colors and beauty of the night seen in this photograph and I just HAD to share it with all of you here on ThriftyFun. It was a completely unplanned shot, and it's become one of my favorites!

Sunset at Face Rock Wayside (Bandon, Oregon)

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The sky was sunny and bright and my husband and I knew we didn't want to stay inside, so we decided to explore a "new" area! We hopped in the car and headed towards the little tourist town of Bandon, Oregon.

Face Rock Silhouette Reflections in Bandon, OR

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I can still remember walking the beaches of the Oregon Coast with my husband, Brian, all those many nights on the Oregon Coast. If was my favorite place on earth during my favorite, most colorful hour.

Oregon Sunrise (Bullards Beach, Bandon, OR)

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About a month ago, my husband and I moved to the lovely little tourist town of Bandon, OR. We feel so blessed to be in our sweet little community, located only minutes from many beautiful beaches!

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Being curious about our new area, we decided to head down to Beach Loop to pick a random view point, hike on down, and explore the shoreline.

Sun shinning through clouds on rocky shore.

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Moving to Bandon, Oregon is the absolute best decision my husband and I have made in such a long time! Being less than 5 minutes away from the beach is even more fun than I imagined!

Scenery: Setting Sun (Bandon, OR)

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Another beautiful sunset here on the Oregon Coast. This is on the shoreline leading to Elephant Rock, where the shape of the center of a long rock looks like an elephant and when the ocean gets wild enough the water sprays through, creating tusks.

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