Originally Posted by Bonni
Thanks, Rio. Ocean views are nice, but not necessary. You only go in at night to sleep, and what can you see through your eyelids?
Being on the Western shore is a zenlike experience for me. I could stroll and watch and listen to the surf forever. Nothing is more calming.. and more humbling.
I would appreciate your road trip suggestions. Post them here if you like.
Do drive from Gold Beach to Agness along the lower Rogue. It's classic big western river scenery, and there are a couple of easy hikes through nice old-growth forest along the way (well, one hike, and one stroll to look at the world's largest Myrtle tree).
*** Aargh. I just checked the Forest Service Web site, and the old-growth trail I mentioned, the Frances Schrader trail
, is temporarily closed. Maybe the website is outdated. I'm sure the forest service office in Gold Beach will have updated info on this trail and any others.
Also, keep your eyes peeled on the drive from Port Orford to Gold Beach. There is a pod of whales that hangs out in the summer south of Port Orford, about a mile north of where the highway heads inland for a while at Humbug Mountain; and they may be spouting.
Also, if you like rivers and wild fish, you may want to take a side trip up the Elk River between Langlois and Port Orford. There may be some steelhead still in the river, and this river is tropically clear, so you can see them finning along. Or there's another side trip in this same area that leads down to the ocean and the Cape Blanco lighthouse and a short stroll along the beach to the mouth of the Elk River.
Also, the TuTuTun lodge on the north shore of the Rogue upriver from Gold Beach was recently rated best small hotel in the U.S. or in the universe or something by readers of Travel and Leisure or some other glossy travel magazine; I'm a little foggy on the details. I went there about 5 years ago as a lookie-lou, not as a guest, and it's pretty cool place. Great location right on the river, nice landscaping, and all the rest.
These last two may be off of your route, but they are really nice. The Applegate River Lodge
is in a beautiful, peaceful setting on the (surprise) Applegate River. There's a really nice restaurant next door with a great deck on the river. And "It's a Burl," a funky hobbity-looking compound on Highway 199 in Kerby near Cave Junction, is one of a kind. The pictures on their website (http://www.itsaburl.com
) don't include any shots of the store, but it looks like this.