2012 Travels travel blog

Carpe at Valley of the Rogue State Park

Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon

Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon

Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon

Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon

Trees turning color at Valley of the Rogue State Park

The Rogue River

Arachnida artistic achievement

Fly fisherman in the Rogue River

Fly fisherman casts in the Rogue River

Fri, 05 Oct: Back on the road again... We reluctantly left the Escapees Sutherlin Oregon Cooperative. The folks were very friendly and urged us to stay a bit longer. But, the combination of "hitch itch" and a hard deadline made that option impractical.

We took our time, checked tire pressure and added air to all of them. It was quite cool this morning (low forties) which affects tire pressure so they all needed air. Bob dumped the holding tanks so we are good for another week or more. Even with all that we rolled wheels at 0935.

We drove south on I 5 and then OR 99 to the Costco in Roseburg. We needed some items and won't be at a Costco for a while so we found room to park Carpe and watched them open the doors for us at ten. We got what we needed, checked out, loaded our goodies in the fridge, and back on the road at 1022. Probably the most hassle-free Costco trip of all times (and no sales tax!)

We continued south on I 5 to the Valley of the Rogue State Park between Grants Pass and Medford. This stretch of I 5 is very scenic. There are many hills, some pretty steep, but nothing Carpe's turbodiesel and compression brake couldn't handle.

We'd stayed at this State Park in 2008 and remembered it positively. Our memories are on track, this is a really nice place with trees all over and large, level sites, with electricity and water. Many have dump also, but we're in an electric and water only site.

We'll hang round here for two or three days depending on our mood and the weather. We need to be in Laughlin a week today (Friday) and it's just over a thousand miles—five easy, four OK, or three long day's drive. It's our choice.

If the weather continues to be as gorgeous as it has been we may drive the car to Crater Lake and play tourist.

Sat, 06 Oct: Well, the weather continued to be spectacular but we didn't drive to Crater Lake. We awoke after a nite of snuggling under our blankets. The outside temps dropped into the low forties and our basement heat pump worked hard to keep us snug and warm despite the chill. And, it's predicted to get even cooler tonite...

After a relaxing breakfast we elected to stay home. We're still uncertain if we'll stay here another day (leave Monday) or not. We'll probably make that decision tomorrow morning when its time to pony up another day's site fee.

We tended to clerical matters most of the morning; voted, worked on our computers, and tried to tame some clutter. After lunch we took a mini-hike (hike-ette?) along the Rogue River. The river is a few hundred meters from our campsite so getting there was an easy stroll.

The Rogue River is 215 miles starting at 5,000' elevation near Crater Lake and flows to the Pacific in Curry County, Oregon. At the Valley of the Rogue State Park the river is at 1,010' altitude and still has 113 miles to go before it reaches the Big Briny. The Rogue River is a beautiful waterway known for its Salmon runs and natural beauty.

Our walk was to admire the scenery and also a photo expedition. We enjoyed the trees along our route as they're starting to don their fall finery. Once at the river we admired and took pix of the afternoon sun reflecting in the river. There were several fly fishermen and we watched (and photographed) their casting prowess. We even got to "shoot" a beautifully backlit spiderweb. All photos have been posted at the top of this post. Enjoy...

Trip Summary
Miles this leg: 97.1
Total miles since Casa Grande: 9,102.4

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