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Jun 18, 2012 - Gold Beach, OR

At 9:15, the jet boat picks us up at our dock. Our Captain, Jeff, introduces himself. It is going to be a great day. The Rogue River was one of the first five rivers in the US designated as Wild and Scenic. At one time, there were three dams but two were removed. The one dam remaining is further upstream than the Salmon or Steelhead spawn. It remains for flood control. Nineteen sixty-four was the worst year in recent history for flooding. Water was over one of the bridges we pass. We see high water marks along the trip and at our RV Park....

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Jun 17, 2012 - To Gold Beach, OR

Happy Father’s Day. Traveling south, our first stop today is the Cape Blanco State Park. The Cape Blanco Lighthouse is the ninth and last on the Oregon Coast. If anyone is counting, I missed Cape Meares. Supposedly, the views from this lighthouse are spectacular! We pull into the first parking area. This is crazy. Is there a lighthouse here? It is foggy! We talk with another of the Oregon volunteers drawn to our rig. He also owns a Coach House RV. The volunteer opens a gate at ten o’clock. We drive to the lighthouse on a single lane road....

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Nov 25, 2011 - Gold Beach Oregon

After 4 days of storms and a great thanksgiving we said goodbye to Newport Oregon and the beautiful Pacific Shores Resort.. Drove down Oregon's Highway 101 along the coast to our next overnight stop in Gold Beach 178 miles from Newport. Spectacular scenery along the way with magnificent shoreline, small beach towns, forests and some neat cranberry bogs. Pulled into Gold Beach's Ireland RV resort right on the beach.. only us and two other rvs.. Took Gaby for a walk on the beach just before the sun set looking for tidal pools.. no luck but...

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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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West Trip 2010

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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