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Aug 25, 2010 - Gold Beach, OR (Rogue River)

WOW, WOW we had an awesome adventure on the Rouge River Jet Boat! We drove south about 30 miles from PO to Gold Beach. We had to arrive by 7:30am for our trip (8am - 3:30) for 104 mile round trip up the Rogue River. The Rogue River is part of the National wild and scenic river system. It is in the Rogue River National Forest. The river is protected! Lots of salmon fishing,rafts and drifts boats use this river. We saw a black bear,Eagles, otters! At one time they used these boats for mail delivery for some of the residents that live way up...

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Aug 5, 2010 - Gold Beach and the Rogue River, part 1

We are now in the Gold Beach, Oregon area, and it is wonderful. [Well we were in Gold Beach until we moved again, I just started this blog and I’m behind already. I didn’t get the retirement is a busy time memo. Added 8/12/10.] It was a great drive up the coast, although I didn’t enjoy the last part along the Rouge River to our campground. The road is narrow and windy, but it is the no shoulder part that I hate, parts of the road would have only an inch or two past the white edge line before it dropped off to river level or down to...

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Crossing the Country

Jun 17, 2010 - Gold Beach and north

John and I went out onto the beach this morning to look for agates, which seems to be the thing to do at the beach here. Agates are stones that can be polished to be very pretty. We picked up some interesting rocks and some of what we think are agates. We drove north to Orford. We needed some lunch when we arrived there. We found 5 small cafes. We chose the Paradise Cafe because there were more cars parked around it than the other cafes. The cafe was definitely a local place and the food was good. We visited the harbor and found that it...

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West Trip 2010

Jun 16, 2010 - Gold Beach, OR

John washed Arvy this morning. Arvy had bugs plastered on it from our trip across the desert. There are not nearly as many bugs out this way. We stayed in Gold Beach today. We had lunch at the Port Hole at the harbor near the jet boat office. We visited the Myrtlewood shop here. Myrtlewood is a tree that grows only here. It is a mutation of the California Bay Leaf. Myrtlewood is so hard, so dense, and so wet that it sinks when put into water. The shop has a workroom where myrtlewood is transformed into beautiful bowls, platters, boxes,...

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Jun 15, 2010 - Gold Beach, OR - Mail Boat

The Rogue River starts over 200 miles inland at Crater Lake. Before 1895 there was no established means of communication into the Rogue River Canyon. The closest post office was near Gold Beach in Wedderburn. A mail route was set up by Elijah H. Price. He was a homesteader 40 miles upriver. He established a post office and was the first postmaster. His son, Noble, was the first mail carrier. He made the first upriver trip by mail boat June 14, 1895 in a 18 foot boat. The 40 mile trip upriver took four days, using poles, oars, and a sail to...

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West Trip 2010

Jun 14, 2010 - Gold Beach, OR

Everyone was tired and overslept this morning. Part of the reason no one woke up early is the fog and deep shade we were camped in. The sun didn't light things up at 5:30 waking the pups. We headed north on "The 101" (as it is called here). We passed through Smith River, CA, which declares itself "The lily bulb capital of the world". The sun began to burn through the fog, and, by noon, the sun was out. Most of our drive was along the coast and within sight of the ocean. We crossed the Oregon state line at 11:15. We have driven about 4400...

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West Trip 2010

Jun 8, 2010 - Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD

This morning we went to the Corn Palace in Mitchell SD & than we headed east on I90 through South Dakota in to Minnesota & than headed south to Iowa. Tonight we are in Independence, Iowa which is about 3 hours from Amboy, Illinois where my sister has a camper in a Yogi Bear campground where we are going to spend a few days before heading to Springfield. Barbara's son is going to drive up from Franklin, Tn on June 16th & I'm going to meet him at I64 & 127 & drop her off & than the party will be over.

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Jun 7, 2010 - Wall Drug & the Badlands

Today we stopped at the famous Wall Drug tourist joint! Barbara got a cup of 5 cent coffee & I had a ice cream cone. We also drove through the Badlands National Park & it was beautiful. Tonight we are staying in Mitchell, SD & in the morning we will stop at the corn palace.

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Jun 6, 2010 - Custer State Park

Yesterday we went back to Custer State Park to view the wildlife. We did see a big tom turkey with about 6 females but not close enough to get a good picture. We also saw alot oft deer & praire dogs. Today has been cool (in the 50's) so we just hung around the cabin & getting ready to hit the road tomorrow. We will stop at the famous Wall Drug store for 5 cent coffee & maybe down the road we will go to the Corn Palace in Mitchell. We than will head to Minnesota, Wisconsin & than Illinois. We are going to stay a few days in my sisters camper...

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Jun 2, 2010 - Hill City, SD

Today we took a ride on the 1880 steam engine train up to Keystone. We rode in a open train car & it was a lot of fun. Tonight we went to the Ft Hays chuckwagen dinner & show. Good food & better entertainment. Tomorrow we are doing Mt Rushmore which I have been looking forward to see. Monday we will start heading back to Illinois. I guess all good thing come to a end!

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Jun 1, 2010 - Traveling to Hill City, SD

Yesterday we drove from GreyBull, WY to Hill City, SD. We are renting a small cabin in the mountains for the week. They have wifi but we are at the end of the road & I can't pick it up so I don't know how often we will be able to post. As you can see by the pictures our ride was beautiful. There was so much beauty we didn't know where to look next. Will post again when we can. Ann & Barbara

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May 30, 2010 - The last of Yellowstone

Yesterday was our last full day at Yellowstone & we saw lots of wildlife & drove in a sleet & snow storm! Barbara was afraid that we wouldn't get back to our motel! This morning we are head east towards Cody, Wy & Devils tower. Our next big stop will be in the Black Hill region. Still having fun Ann & Barbara

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