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Jul 26, 2016 - Last coastal stop - Gold Beach, OR

We had a quick 1 hour drive from Bandon to Gold Beach, our last coastal stop. Since we didn’t want to arrive too early we made a couple stops at the roadside turn outs to enjoy the views and take some pictures. The Oregon Coast really is magnificent with all its mountains right up to the shore lines in places. The outcroppings of huge rocks near the coastline also make it very interesting. We read something today that said that rock outcroppings are caused by the tectonic plates moving and pushing the rocks upward. When we got to Turtle...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Pacific Coast Scenic Drive

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....

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May 1, 2016 - going Rogue

We stayed in Gold Beach an extra day for a shot of adrenalin. Jerry’s Jet Boats got great reviews from others and gets great reviews from us. The fact that the weather was perfect only added to the joy. The Rogue River is wide, but mostly shallow. Jet boats, which use jets of water to propel them, can run in as few as six inches of water, are perfectly suited for such a location. The river is running higher these days as the snow melt runs down the mountains, but we were hardly aware of the rocks right beneath us as we skimmed over the...

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Apr 28, 2016 - the Goldilocks effect

We drove out of California today with mixed emotions. We won’t miss paying $30 for two sandwiches at lunch. Campground were also expensive. The price of diesel dropped $.25 as soon as we crossed the border into Oregon. Depending on where you are, there are too many people and the traffic can be a real time suck. Nevertheless, California is a special state and my fantasy of living there remains. For geezers with lots of time and a moveable home who like to follow the good weather, the state is perfect. We are traveling the coast at the...

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Aug 30, 2015 - Gold Beach, Oregon

Yesterday I did something that was out of my comfort zone and had a good time doing it. The group took a jet boat ride on the Rogue River. The 80 mile round trip ride included some class 3 rapids and several 360 degree turns by the boat. Between the rain showers and the wave action, there was more than one opportunity for a soaking. I was prepared, however. I wore long underwear,jeans, warm up suit pants, two pairs of socks, rubber shoes, an undershirt, a short sleeved shirt, a long sleeved shirt, a light rain jacket, a heavy lined coat...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Day 38

Woke up to drizzly rain. Packed up bikes and headed back to Gold Beach and Hwy 101. Many boats in bay area. Stopped at Crescent City visitor center for maps and guidebooks for California. On to Redwood National Park. Amazing trees right next to winding road. Stopped at Prarie State Park. No campsites available but we used Senior Pass to get to picnic and shower (operated with quarters!)Continued on 101 along beaches. Huge rocks near shore, steep drop off from road to beaches. On to KOA campground at Benbow. KOA is on site of historic resort...

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Aug 13, 2015 - Day 37

Continued drive along 101. Stopped at wayside (with other tourists!) to take photos of sea lions and whales. Winding road thru mountains. Stopped for lunch at Bullards Beah State Park..still no vacancies for campsites all along shoreline. Stopped for supplies at Gold Beach then took detour off 101 to US Forest Service campground at Quosatana Park. Many open sites here but no water/electric hookups. No showers!Talked with local man putting in his boat who said salmon not up this far yet but they are still in bay area.

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Feb 27, 2015 - A week in the South...Oregon

After leaving Southern California we spent the night behind Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California. They had a nice campground with all the bells and whistles. Their Traveler's Clubhouse had laundry, Computers/WiFi access, hair styling and a pet hotel. It was a fun overnight stop. We arrived in Gold Beach, Oregon and decided to spend the week before heading to our first fishery job. We stayed at Turtle Rock Resort. They have cottages, premium Spa campsites and access to a wonderful beach. Turtle Rock Resort is on the banks of Hunter...

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Sep 5, 2014 - Lighthouses on Oregon Coast

Our first stop today was the Connie Hansen Gardens. When blooming, it is a showcase of rhododendrons, irises, primroses and ornamental trees. It had a lovely winding path through the garden. The next stop was the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse was the 5th lighthouse built on Oregon Coast, becoming active in 1873, and it is the Tallest of Oregon’s lighthouses. When we arrived in Reedsport the temperature had risen to 92 degrees. We proceeded a few miles to Umpqua Lighthouse. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is bordered by the...

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Sep 1, 2014 - Gold Beach, OR

We left early this morning for our trip up the Rouge River on a mail run boat. These boats have three huge engines in them and would really move. The captain was great and could stop this thing on a dime and spin and throw water everywhere, including on all of us. We really enjoyed seeing the wildlife including many different water birds, eagles, deer and lots of people in rafts and boats, fishing. It was really amazing how many people were on the river. Our captain had 39 years experience driving on this river and did a great job. He...

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Aug 31, 2014 - Gold Beach, OR

Today was a lazy day for us in that we didn't do much. All the RVs got a cleaning and Terry took an early walk down the beach for a few miles and later in the day Tony took a walk down for about 3 miles. Both enjoyed their ME time. Janette and Lon joined us today. After lunch Janette, Lon and I took a walk to the beach. We were getting ready to leave when we saw a pod of whales a little distance off the shore. They came up several time where we could see their backs but never came completely out of the water. We prepared fried halibut,...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Gold Beach, Oregon

We went into Gold Beach early but found very little to do. We did find a coffee shop for pastries and coffee. We took a walk on the beach about noon and started our HUNT for the perfect drift wood and rocks for some DIY projects. We prepared dinner earlier than usual and then did another walk on the beach to watch the sunset. It was not breath taking but was nice. A great day!

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