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Out Our Back Door

    Watch the Wild Waves And Walk Through Local History
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: Historian and author Dick Wagner (at right with arm raised) shares some details at Ferry Road Park during last year's Walkable North Bend event. Wagner will reprise the tour this Saturday, Jan. 18.
    A friend texted me the other day saying there were so many people out watching the waves crash against the rocks at Shore Acres that she had to wait for a parking place. A week before it was migrating whales that everybody was looking for. And before that, the impressive lighting display during the holidays. Yes, Shore Acres State Park near Charleston is sure a popular place. You might say it always has been, at least since the time when lumber baron Louis Simpson built the first of his two mansions there in 1907.
    The fabulous homes are long gone, but the elaborate gardens that were once part of the estate remain, much to the delight of visitors year round. With its exotic plantings, formal English garden, Japanese-inspired sunken garden, seasonal rose and herb displays, and hothouse showcase – not to mention the frequently spectacular waves -- Shore Acres State Park is one of the jewels of the state park system. It continues to impress longtime visitors as well as those encountering it for the first time.
    Even when it isn't being battered by spectacular 35-ft storm waves, the site is impressive as it exposes in dramatic fashion the powerful geologic forces at work along the craggy shoreline bluffs here. Few places do a better job at illustrating how two mammoth tectonic places have collided, one diving beneath and uptilting the other. Strata usually deeply buried is revealed in bands of different-colored soil and pulverized rock. It's like a geology lesson with the most awesome backdrop imaginable.
    The current spectacle of towering waves here and elsewhere on the coast has been created and amped-up by a combination of elements, including some of the year's highest tides, a significantly full moon, and a series of fierce winter storms.
    Yet what storms and ocean surges giveth in the way of earth-rumbling fury, they can also taketh – or at least calm down. That 1-2-3 punch of high tides, winter storm and tidal surges can just as quickly ease up, reverse or pass us by.
    So not every winter day has big waves. There are gray interludes that can last for days. Somber, windless, relatively waveless winter days. Word seems to get out. People stop coming, or they don't hang out for long. Just like sometimes the whales don't show up when they're supposed to.
    Those are the kind of days when you might suddenly realize you've got the place all to yourself, versus where a week ago when you could hardly find a parking place. It's sort of eerie wandering around and not seeing anybody.
    It's something Shore Acres builder Louis Simpson might even have noticed. But then he and his family had a house in North Bend to escape to if they got lonely!
    Speaking of Louis Simpson and North Bend, this Saturday, Jan. 18 are the South Coast Striders annual walking tours of the town Simpson founded in 1906. A short and longer walk are scheduled, and attendance is free and open to all ages.
    The short walk will again be led by local historian and author Dick Wagner, who along with wife Judy wrote several book about North Bend and some of its colorful characters. Leading the long walk will be Striders organizer Tom Orsi. Both enjoy coming up with new information, making the walks entertaining for first-timers as well as returnees. Participants hear about everything from rare trees in Simpson Park to the town's original baseball field to float houses in Pony Slough, all while absorbing seldom-viewed sights.
    The longer hike follows a segment of the Sawmill & Tribal Trail, a historic route between Indian villages, later used by settlers and townspeople. Walkers will take on unique and curvy Highway Street, as well as some impressive staircases used to get around North Bend in earlier times when fewer people had automobiles.
    In addition to sharing town history, the in-town Strider hikes are meant to show people suggested routes for a bit of exercise right out their back door, as it were. You don't need a guided hike, either, to enjoy these places at any time of the year. From North Bend sidewalks to Shore Acres pathways, there's good exercise and fun to be found even on a gloomy day!
    To get to Shore Acres from Coos Bay or North Bend, follow signs from US 101 to Charleston, Ocean Beaches, State Parks. The routes merge, passing through Charleston before heading out to the ocean, passing Bastendorff Beach County Park, as well as the state parks at Sunset Bay, and Shore Acres and Cape Arago. Admission to all the parks is free but there's a $5 parking fee at Shore Acres.
    If you're interested in the historic North Bend walks, meet at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 18 at Ferry Road Park in North Bend. Get details and directions at

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of the guidebook "Out Our Back Door," available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center, or at
    Barview-area Beaches Offer Plenty to Explore
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: A beachcomber gets a closer look at one The Giants near Fossil Point on the Coos Bay Estuary.
    Tucked along the shoreline of the Coos Bay Estuary in the Barview district are fun outdoor destinations that range from little-visited beaches to an unusual geological phenomenon called The Giants.
    To see some of the highlights, you can walk along the bayshore beach south of the Empire Boat Ramp (also known as the Hollering Place). Or, drive south on S. Empire Blvd. and make stops along the way. If you're walking, and unless you're doing a vehicle shuttle, a shoreline walk is obviously an out-and-back proposition. As with most out-and-backs, you can turn around at any point – just save energy for the walk back! Waterproof footwear or high top rubber boots are strongly recommended.
    Among other important things to remember is to visit on an outgoing or low tide. The beaches, shoreline and little coves all get inundated at high tide times. You wouldn't even know there was anything there (but water) when the tide's in.
    Other times, such as when the tide's really out and there are people at the popular clamming spots, it all looks like gooey mudflats. But while there is indeed a fair amount of goo, there's also plenty of firmer footing.
    You get a sense of it all almost immediately when beginning a walk south along the bayshore from the Empire Boat Ramp, which is at the western end of Newmark Ave. in Coos Bay's Empire district. At low tide, the beach here is surprisingly wide, and consists of firm, well-packed sand. But not far along is the first mudflat. Though not true quicksand, the mud will engulf your shoes if you're not nimble. Here as in other mudflat stretches, you can find firmer footing just above the beach in areas grown over with salt-tolerant groundcover plants like pickleweed.
    Next is a stretch of shoreline that's actually an island at higher water levels, separated from the mainland by small streams that must be forded on this walk. But they're easily splashed across, and the beach turns sandy again it passes the former site of a wastewater treatment plant at the foot of Fulton Ave. The plant's been replaced by a new one a few blocks inland, and all here is serene again after years of construction activity that included major upgrades to the streets and sidewalks. You can once again drive the short one block to the beach at the foot of Fulton Ave. Don't block the gates.
    Maybe it's the grove of tall spruce trees that partially frame the setting, or maybe it's that there used to be a lone picnic table here, but there's something inviting about this little beach, with its sandy shoreline for the kids to build sandcastles, and big old logs to sit on. If you're driving, it's 7 blocks (0.6 mile) from the Hollering Place.
    Immediately south is yet another sort of shoreline at Crab Flats, often covered with broken glass bits and ceramic shards, remnants of early-day trash dumping.
    Beyond Crab Flats is the former site of the Sitka Spruce Co. sawmill, with remnants of a long pier as well as old pilings and weathered planks. It's now an RV park, and the beach remains open for walking.
    To the south are the popular clamming flats mentioned earlier. (Approximately 2 miles from the Hollering Place.) If you're driving, there are wide spots next to the road, with footpaths leading down to the beach. If you're walking, the next landmark is Pigeon Point, followed by another cove. Around the next headland to the south is one of this trip's highlights -- The Giants. If you're driving, it's 2.5 miles from the Hollering Place, just past Beacon Ln. Park off the highway next to a utility building numbered 3215.
    Cross the cove southward on a beach that's a combination of mud, slippery stones and mossy underlayment as it nears and rounds Fossil Point. The footing changes yet again, now a stretch of rock shelving embedded with fossilized cockles and clams. Most intriguing, though, are the massive spherical formations known as concretions that are found only in this relatively short stretch of shoreline. Locally known as The Giants, they were formed eons ago in a complicated process that takes in elements of geology, biology, chemistry, soil science and meteorology, and yet is still not fully understood. There are other examples in the three state parks near Charleston.
    Scientists caution that there isn't just one way concretions are formed, but many are thought to have begun eons ago in a volatile geologic era when a particle of bone, shell, leaf or even a feather got caught up in a surrounding mass of fluid sedimentary rock such as sandstone, changing the "local chemistry" and causing what's known as nucleation to occur.
    The resulting precipitation of mineral cement between the particles slowly forms a mass much harder than the surrounding rock, with the concretion rock "growing" as the process continues, while the softer surrounding mass erodes faster.
    Science aside, The Giants are a sure-fire fun destination, and might even increase your appreciation for this often-overlooked part of the bay.
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center or at
    Bayshore Beaches Offer A Sometimes-Safer Alternative


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    PHOTO CAPTION: A hiker and her pooch enjoy the wide bayside beaches on Coos Bay's North Spit.

    If it's too stormy for a walk (or drive) on ocean beaches, consider a visit to the more-protected bayside beach on Coos Bay's North Spit. Most of this area is controlled by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and is open year round for free public use.
    The North Spit is best described as a long peninsula with many points of entry and access. There are beaches on both sides – along the Pacific Ocean and the Coos Bay estuary. A walk to the bayside beach will also take you through some scenic coastal forest. You can even drive to the beach (and right on to it) if your vehicle is equipped for such things and you have an Oregon OHV sticker and a safety flag.
    From the bayside beach, it's possible to connect with the ocean beach on the west ("outside") side of the North Spit. There's also a 12-mile trail system in the interior of the North Spit for hikers and equestrians. You can even get a glimpse of history in the form of some old military bunkers and foundations of former buildings on the bayshore side.
    As noted, there are many ways to approach the North Spit. This column will describe one of them. View and download a BLM map at
    Getting There
    From the North Bend/Coos Bay area, go north on US 101, crossing McCullough Bridge. In 0.9 mile turn left (west) on TransPacific Ln., which crosses a causeway. It crosses a short bridge and two sets of railroad tracks. Keep going west, following a sign to the BLM boat ramp. Follow the road to the end of pavement near a former aquaculture plant. From here at the end of pavement it's about 4.5 miles one-way from the tip of North Spit.
    Extremely important note: sections of the bayside road are flooded on incoming and high tides. If driving, visit only on outgoing or low tides and be aware of the next incoming tide time as you could get temporarily stranded! Those on foot can easily skirt the tidal-inundated areas.
    If you're going in on foot, park here and secure your vehicle. If you're driving, proceed carefully. There are two ways to go from road's end. The sand road straight ahead has some deep potholes while the other way follows slightly higher ground. Both meet in less than a half-mile and cross a short section of beach before heading back into the coastal forest, now as a single sand road.
    About 0.8 mile from pavement's end is one of the entrances to the trail system mentioned earlier. This one is called Bird's Beak. A bit beyond, the road drops down to the beach.
    About 1.7 miles from pavement's end are the old military bunkers. Here, too, are some popular undeveloped campsites in a grove of shorepines.
    At an outgoing or low tide this is a particularly satisfying stretch of well-packed, open sand, framed by some old decaying docks and cribbing structures that moderate wave action. It's a nice long walk, and also an excellent place to let the dogs romp. And as I said at the beginning, it's often safer than the ocean beaches.
    The bayshore route continues toward the tip of North Spit, with several interconnecting roads to the North Jetty and the ocean beach on the west or outside side of the North Spit. At the tip of the spit is a large sandy area where you'll often see parked vehicles that have brought in anglers, surfers, windsurfers, stand-up paddlers and sightseers. Huge rocks form the jetty, topped by remnants of a temporary railroad constructed to bring in the boulders. There are a half-dozen other parking and/or camping places tucked into the adjacent dunes, brush and trees.
    Although as noted the focus of this article is on the bayside beach, let me just mention that it's possible to return from the North Jetty area along the ocean beach or on the foredune access road just above it. If you're driving on the ocean beach north of the North Jetty, vehicles are allowed only on the wet sand portions for more than 2 miles. At certain times of the year this stretch is completely closed to vehicles to protect nesting shorebirds (but not this time of year). Signs, ropes, gates and fences clearly establish boundaries, and detours take vehicles around the closed areas when in effect.
    Again, though, this article is about the bayshore side, so when you've sufficiently explored, absorbed and appreciated all the sights, sounds and smells at the tip of the North Spit, retrace your route, and get ready to enjoy it all again!
    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake's guidebook "Out Our Back Door" has details of all North Spit possibilities, along with accurate maps. Buy it at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Rhapsody for a Rainy Day


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    PHOTO CAPTION: A visitor to the Coos Bay Boardwalk checks out some of the stormy-weather scenery.
    Last week I wrote about what might be called the bright side of rain. Lots of people enjoy the rain, look forward to it, embrace it and get out into it. Friends call me while they're walking in the rain. "It's great out here, and I've got it all to myself!"
    To a lot of people, this may sound crazy. Especially to folks who have to spend the day working in the rain. As anybody who works in the rain knows, it doesn't matter what you wear, you're going to get wet. So why would you go out into if you didn't have to?
    Well, as I said, some people enjoy it. Just remember the old saying: there's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.
    That adage is useful in all four seasons and in every weather condition, but rainwalking requires a bit more forethought when it comes to clothing. You're going to be a self-contained satellite within a world with a partially liquid atmosphere, so at the very least, get a hat.
    Coming back from a rainwalk is a satisfaction unto itself. Let it rain, let it rain, etc. You've managed to stay dry. A minor accomplishment, to be sure, but considering the alternative, count yourself victorious.
    Writers are usually big fans of rain. Perhaps because it's easier to avoid the temptation to go outside and do sunny-day things.
    Frontier-era poet and author Joaquin Miller had a sprinkler system set up on his roof to duplicate the sound of rain whenever he needed inspiration.
    Astoria writer Matt Love makes a case for rain in his 2012 book "On Walking in the Rain," listing activities best suited for rainy days. "The rain encourages you to stay indoors but the sun nags you to mow the lawn," he writes.
    Unlike the soothing sound of falling rain, "you can't listen to the sun or the moon." And in contrast to those predictable celestial bodies, "there is no map of rain."
    In his 1990 book, "The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest," author Timothy Egan notes "creativity needs a season of despair. At the calendar's gloaming, while the landscape is inert and all is dark, sluggish, bleak and cold, writers and cooks and artists and tinkerers of all sorts are at their most productive."
    A musician friend said "When it's raining it's a good time to hone your skills on the guitar so you can impress everybody around the campfire next summer."
    In her 2015 book "Rain, A Natural and Cultural History," Cynthia Barnett rhapsodizes on the romance of rain, but admits its downsides. "Rain can warp, swell, discolor, rust, loosen, mildew, stain, peel paint, consume wood, erode masonry, corrode metal, expand destructively when it freezes and seeps into every crack," she writes.
    Yet civilization would have perished long ago without rain's beneficence. Thus its arrival – particularly after long dry periods – is celebrated by just about every culture on earth, even those afflicted with monsoons.
    Even the smell of first rain is cherished. The scent is sometimes called petrichor; it comes from oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods that are absorbed by the soil and then released when it rains, along with another compound called geosmin.
    All this intensifies the many curious effects of rain on our souls and brains. Like many drugs, rain can amplify what you're already feeling. But while rain can reflect the joy or melancholy of the person caught in a downpour, you don't hear people say, "Oh, sunny days make me blue."
    Getting There
    Rain is democratic, it falls the same on everyone and everything exposed to it and you can obviously have a rainwalk just about anywhere you can walk in sunny weather. You can go with a gang but it seems to work better with two or less people.
    A rainwalk can be dramatic: splash right through those puddles! Or cozy and romantic (see above paragraph). Or stark and instructional: observe how most people in the workaday world must shrug it off and keep working.
    Meantime, even the reflections in rainwater can be mesmerizing: traffic signals, neon signs, Christmas lights, the rainbow slick of spilled gasoline on pavement.
    Especially compelling is walking next to water. Water meets water with a sizzle sometimes, making cross-currents and strange tracks and calm zones quickly smeared by the downpour.
    An excellent place to take it all in is the Coos Bay Boardwalk and adjacent mile-long asphalt walkway to the south. Who knows? Maybe you'll luck out into a downpour! And see for yourself, even in the rain, there are things to be learned and enjoyed.
    (Books mentioned in this article are available for free perusal through libraries in Coos and Curry counties. Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of guidebooks available at visitor centers, bookstores and at
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Examples: Ranger XLT by Ford would be abbreviated to: Ford Ranger XLT OceanRunner Rainbow Series by WildSeas would be abbreviated to: WildSeas Rainbow OceanRunner In the body of an ad always use numerals. Example: Newer 3bdr home. At the beginning of an ad spell out short numbers. (Example: Three bdr home.) As always, if you do not want your ad abbreviate we can use the longer version for $2. 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Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Amanda Libbett

Display Advertising Sales

Amanda has resided 10 years in the community, with 6 years sales and marketing experience.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.