We drove the stretch of US 101 between Smith River and Gold Beach, Oregon today. This area is considered one of the most scenic drives in the state, and one that’s usually less trafficked. It was amazing! We stopped to take pictures at some of the pullovers, we will have to repeat this trip many times to see everything. We also saw a herd of twenty elk and one deer on the drive. They were right next to our campground when we pulled out. After looking for elk all over Canada for three months and not seeing a single one, this made our day. :-)
After the scenic drive, we stopped in Gold River and checked out the Rogue River. Named for the gold that was found near here in the mid-1800s, Gold Beach is located where the Rogue River meets the sea.This is a very popular jet boating area. The boats run up the wild and scenic Rogue River on trips of 64, 80 and 104 round-trip miles, the longer the trip, the wilder the ride--in terms of whitewater and scenery. I am debating on taking one of those trips. I will have to see some videos of how bad the ride is before committing.
We also saw a cool really old boat, it has definitely seen better days. The Mary D. Hume was a steamer built at Gold Beach, Oregon in 1881, by R. D. Hume, a pioneer and early businessman in that area. Gold Beach was then called Ellensburg. The Hume had a long career, first hauling goods between Oregon and San Francisco, then as a whaler in Alaska, as a service vessel in the Alaskan cannery trade, then as a tugboat. She was retired in 1977 and returned to Gold Beach. In 1985 she sank in the Rogue River and has remained there ever since as a derelict vessel on the shoreline. The Hume is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You never know what you are going to see on these drives, that was a cool surprise. We will be driving many more scenic drives in the area. Check back later for more from California and Oregon.