I figured the Devil had to cook with ghost peppers, and that got me excited. I like my food spicy hot and it doesn’t get much hotter. A tiny bit goes a long, long way, even for me. Lacking that, I thought I might at least find a churning, boiling sea like you find at the Devil’s Churn. Instead, I found a quiet, bucolic scene. Crooked Creek flowed peacefully out to the ocean.
But wait a minute, I thought. The Devil is sneaky, right. Maybe Crooked Creek was indeed crooked. Maybe it tricked people into crossing and then sucked them under with quicksand. With this in mind, I went seeking other subtle reminders of the Devil’s presence.
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43 thoughts on “The Devil’s Kitchen at Bandon… What’s for Dinner?”
Beautiful – but as for the devil, I’d think his handiwork could be found in the trash that people discard in some of the most magnificent places on God’s earth.
For sure, Craig. Did you see on two previous posts where I featured art made from trash gathered along the seashore. And thanks. –Curt
You have quite an imagination Curt.
The Devil made me do its, Ray. (grin) And yes, my imagination is sometimes known to work overtime. –Curt
Love the hellhound and the driftwood guy! Good eyes, my friend!
Just goes to show if you go looking for the devil, you can usually find him, Rusha. 🙂 –Curt
You sure did sound like a man possessed!
Laughing, AC. Where’s a good Catholic priest to perform an exorcism when you need one? –Curt
Far too dangerous to reply to that 😏
Therefore, I won’t touch it either. Laughing.
When i spotted that dragon/crocodile driftwood, I was about to become a believer, but then I read the sign and was wondering where the menu could be for ‘Everyone’s Kitchen’!! 🙂
He was marvelous. I was pleased to find it.
It’s all about sushi, I think, and who eats whom.!
There’s a bit of the devil in everything. Great exploring.
Absolutely. What a boring existence we might have otherwise. 🙂 Thanks, Peggy.
Nature tossed the most interesting things at you ( and you actually see them – cool …and that one does have a cowboy hat on)
Ha, so glad you saw the hat.:) I had fun with the post. Thanks. –Curt
Thanks, Cindy. 🙂
Love the close-up of the “cliff” photo. You almost had me fooled!
Ha. I was hoping to create such an illusion, Kelly. 🙂 –Curt
You had me at ghost pepper 🙂 Very neat pictures!
Have you ever tried one, MB. 🙂 And thanks. –Curt
I sure have. I love ghost-pepper cheese, and I also have ground up ghost pepper powder that I will occasionally sprinkle on my homemade chili 🙂
Ooh. I bet that chili is fantastic! 🙂
I’ve heard that eating ghost peppers can lead to hallucinations, not unlike those associated with certain mushrooms. Now, I’m not suggesting anything particular, but I think you might have gotten out of there just in time.
Those photos of the smooth water and sea stacks are gorgeous. This is the second time this week I’ve had reason to recall a certain song, with lyrics that ponder the possibility that “this could be heaven, or this could be hell.” You didn’t spot a hotel out there, did you? Or some soaring eagles?
Neither a hotel or soaring eagles, Linda. There were plenty of soaring gulls. Will they do?
Didn’t know about the Ghost Pepper hallucination tie in. Grin. But I was much more likely to find magic mushrooms there. I’ve been reading a fascinating book by Michael Pollan on the history of LSD and mushrooms that traces the history of their use. At one point he goes on a magic mushroom hunt at another Oregon State Park on the coast with one of the gurus of mushrooms and finds one, which he and his wife later eat. He describes the experience. Had I found and consumed one of those fellows on the spot, it might have been a much more interesting post. 🙂 Not something I think I would like to do all alone by myself out there, however. –Curt
This is a great post, Curt. It’s fun to have fun with you. And I beg to differ about the moat: I think if I was a kid building a castle, a swimming pool would be the perfect centerpiece. 😉 I love these shots and love your imagination.
You are probably right about the swimming pool, Crystal. 🙂 I had fun with the post. Every once in a while I like to turn my imagination loose and see what happens. Thanks! –Curt
Your imagination is one of the best on the Web!!
Laughing. It can get a little wild on occasion, Crystal. –Curt
Sounds like you had some fun. As many times as I’ve been there, I hadn’t checked out that sign. Thanks for adding it. Good to know. Heading north out of Bandon, you can also discover Seven Devil and Whiskey Run beaches. If I remember right, it’s even possible to walk from one to the other along the beach, but you can only get around one point that sticks out at low tide. If you go in the 4-wheel you can even drive on the beach (if things haven’t deteriorated in the intervening years since I was there.
It was fun, Gunta, something of a challenge. 🙂 I wonder if Seven Devil Beach refers to rock formations? I’m not familiar with it. –Curt
You need to head west off of 101 (If I remember right, there may be signs.) I think one end of the road comes out near Charleston, but it gets narrow and a little bit hairy though I’ve driven it in the Prius Mini. If my memory is right, the 7 Devils is likely the 7 (?) hills you have to climb over to get from one end of the road to the other. Sorry, I’m not really good on directions. It’s been awhile since I was out that way.
After you mentioned it, I checked it out on the map and on Google, Gunta. And it is where you say it is. Thanks. –Curt
Oh good! I’m glad it hasn’t moved. 😊
Got to keep a close eye on these magical and mystical places along the coast, Gunta. 🙂
I love the sunset!!!
One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.
Well, thank you. The Pacific Ocean can offer some real beauties. –Curt
Love the humor and your companionship of seeing shapes morph into all kinds of critters and beings.
Thank you Arati. All my years of wandering in the wilderness, sometimes by myself, have trained my eyes to spot unique forms in rocks and trees. In fact, it is hard for me not to spot fun creatures. 🙂 Appreciated. –Curt
Your driftwood head reminded me of a seahorse. The sand castle must have been created by the ghost of Antonio Gaudi. Nice captures, overall.
Thanks, Dave. A sinister seahorse, perhaps? And Gaudi, I like it. –Curt
The ways in which our mind plays with us. I enjoyed the humor in how yours plays with you.