This trip to the Oregon Coast and California Redwoods was
long overdue! Gratefully, things like Giant Sequoias, Coastal Redwoods, ancient
Myrtle trees, and the rocky Oregon coastline endure so tardy travelers like us can
enjoy them whenever we get around to visiting. The sights and sounds of the
trip did not disappoint, even with snow, wind, and rain!
Our drive took us along US-199 north of Crater Lake (we didn’t
stop as the snow and low clouds promised a poor view) and through Prospect, OR
where we took a side trip to view a natural bridge on the Rogue River. I
recommend taking time for this short hike – rain or shine.
We stopped in Crescent City, CA and asked the volunteers at
the Park Headquarters Information Center where our best views would be given
the rainy conditions. Following their advice, we drove US-101 south, stopping
at the Klamath River Overlook and then on to Exit 765 where we followed the
Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway.
It was amazing! Humongous trees, lush undergrowth, drizzling rain, and an occasional yellow Banana Slug made for an eerie experience for this high desert dweller. I could almost imagine Sasquatch residing amongst the moss and ferns – if I believed in Sasquatch!
We chose Gold Beach as our headquarters for the next couple
of days and wandered north as far as Coos Bay and south again to Brookings. Gold Beach is small and quiet, just like we like our towns!
cranberry bogs near Bandon intrigued us and we resisted the temptation to
trespass. We would have loved to get our hands on one of those plants to learn
more about their tart fruit.
The weather cleared on our last day and we enjoyed some
beach time, a hike to an ancient Myrtle tree, and beautiful scenery along the
water. I especially appreciated the rock formations! I guess it’s in my genes.
As the climate transitioned from coastal to high desert on
our drive home, I was once again struck by the beauty of the open skies of
Eastern Oregon and Idaho. I loved the visit to the Oregon coast with its
greenery and crashing waves, but I still love my Idaho skies and the open
vistas of the desert. After all, I’m not that crazy about slugs.
And ... no, I didn't go for a run all weekend!
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