After traveling for two longs days, the guys didn't have much of a sense how much further we had to go to get to Oregon, so when we came over a small rise to see this sign it was a fun surprise. We quickly pulled off the road to take pics and jump in and our California.
Brookings looks like a nice place to visit in the future (hi to Bob and Barbara!). We didn't stop that day. Our goal was Gold Beach. The perfect motel room had a balcony with an ocean view. I boondocked in the parking lot in my van. Down on the harbor at the mouth of the Rogue River we had yummy dinner at the Port Hole cafe. And the apple pie was the best ever. Taking a walk at low tide we got to see the Mary D. This ship was built in late 1800s with timber from just up the river. There are wonderful interpretive panels that tell her whole fascinating story.
The next morning we headed north again on the Oregon coast. Our first stop was at the Prehistoric Gardens. What a great walk through the redwood forest! And the dinosaurs were so life like it was easy to imagine one of these monsters stomping through the woods.
The fern spores provided a good touch stone with reality.
Every possible access to the beach becomes a state park in Oregon. For lunch we stopped at Arizona Beach. Linda beach combed while S built a bridge across the creek. Then it was my turn for a walk to the end of the beach. First looking north, for the quintessential Oregon coast picture.
At the south end of the beach I could not resist peaking around the corner. The ocean was absolutely crazy AND scarey!
The wind was picking up, it was time for us to hit the road.