Once we made it to the Oregon coast, we got to crash at the O’Reilly’s beautiful home in Coos Bay. Right along the beach and extremely private, it was the perfect place to hang out, make food, and drink beer. Nothing quite like having a Miller Lite with breakfast to make you wish you were going back to undergrad in the fall, right?
A family friend of Ian’s was kind enough to give us a beautiful assortment of fresh vegetables (including lemon cucumbers, which I didn’t even know existed) and we made enormous fresh salads and baked kale chips to go with our mac & cheese covered brats and hamburgers. We at least tried to be healthy… Sort of.
One of the mornings, we got up early to explore the tide pools during low tide. We saw starfish, anemones, crabs, and all kinds of seaweed and algae and got lots of fun facts from our resident San Diego greeny, Emily, about the local climate and ecosystem. I was so sad to hear about the recent parasite that’s been killing starfish all across the ocean; Ian said the rocks used to be littered with them, but now we only eyed a dozen or so the whole trip. Our oceans are sacred and delicate things, people!
Of course, our time in Coos Bay was far too short, but it was time to leave the beaches and beers behind for the next leg of our adventure. Next time on Goon Squad Goes West…