Ashland Dog Park

We are so close to being back in California, but the boys need some off-leash time, and I look for a dog park. Ashland has one and once we have the morning chores accomplished: Potty walk for the boys, coffee made for me,  breakfast for The Chiweenie Brothers, MissAdventure tidied and things in place for travel, we head out.  The park is just up the road. It’s an interesting roundabout way to get to it, but we finally arrive.  The boys have a ball.

 

 

After the boys have a good long romp in this park, we head south stopping once at another rest area inside California for a short break before heading on.

After a couple hours drive we are here—Hello Redding!—Negotiating traffic and eagerly looking forward to seeing everyone,  I pull MissAdventure into my sister’s driveway and head to her door. So good to see her!

My brother-n-law is not the man I have known my whole life. In the year I have been gone dementia has set it. He doesn’t know who I am. He doesn’t know who his kids are. To him we are “That Girl” or “That Guy”. Heartbreaking. My sister has her own health problems, but no dementia thank God.

Home base is under a nice shade tree in Sis’s side yard, and I will make small journeys in the area to see my sons, grandchildren, and friends, and try to remember the layout of town! How sweet it is.

And this is where I leave you for a few weeks, taking a break from blogging as the boys and I enjoy our time here reconnecting with family and friends.

THANK YOU for coming along on our travels, and we will “see” you sometime in November when we head to our wintering grounds in Arizona.

Hugs, Shawna, Fries, and Charlie B

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The Redwoods!

We’re up early on September 27 and begin our journey inland.  It’s a beautiful sunny day and after picking up a coffee at McD’s  we take 199 heading east into Jedediah Smith State Park. 

DSC_0049It’s shady and cool here. We park and take a lovely mile long loop on one of the walking trails. I’ve seen the redwoods many times in several different places along the California coast, but I never get tired of being amongst these giants.

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The Chiweenie Brothers explore the lush green ferns and other delights along the path and we stop so they can check out the cavity in one of the trees.

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Once our walk is done we head out on Hwy 199 and back into Oregon.   I am like a horse headed to the barn;  we’re back on the road.

This highway is a narrow two-lane curvy mountain road, but at least it has guardrails.  We eventually gain better highway and level road. We make a quick stop at a potential campground for the future–of which I cannot remember the name–and Charlie, spying movement near the rest rooms, goes into lizard hunting mode.

Load up boys. We need to keep moving.

What was to be a quick stop in Grants Pass for fuel turns into a test in patience.  Fred Meyers has the cheapest fuel in town and I definitely want to fill up before I get into Cali.  Ol’ Murphy is at it again and not only is there is HUGE line of fellow travelers waiting to fuel up, the pump I eventually get to park beside has something wrong with it.  Ten minutes in line waiting, then we get the pump that is only trickling in fuel.  Another 25 minutes waiting for the tank to fill and we are finally back on the road.

It’s freeway time folks, and we sail along I-5 to Ashland where we spend some time in a rest area that won’t allow an overnight.  I am weary, it’s been a long day and the heat and smoke inland has me needing to stop for a while.  I find some shade and we rest a bit.

I realize the day is waning and I need to make a decision.  There is parking for trucks on top of Siskiyou Mountain so if nothing is found between here and there that’s where we will stay. Fortunately the very next rest area allows overnights so we shut her down there and will head on in the morning.  It will be nice to get out of the smoke!  I don’t know how those in the valley around Redding dealt with smoke from the Carr Fire for over TWO MONTHS.  It was said that being out in it was like smoking a pack and half of cigarettes a day!  Not sure where the smoke here is coming from, but it isn’t nearly as bad as it could be, but it still makes my head and sinuses hurt. Goodnight! Hugs, Shawna

 

 


 

Arizona Beach and Arch Rock

September 26 we get an early start. Edson Creek has been a good campground for us, but it’s good to be on the road again.  We gain Highway 101, and as I point the van’s nose south it occurs to me that Freedom, while still a good name and good description for what this vehicle has meant to me, it doesn’t quite fit any longer. We’ve been on the road for over a year now, and that is definitely freedom. We’ve seen so much and I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity, these adventures. Adventures . . .   Some were misadventures, but thankfully not many. 

I have it! MissAdventure. I ponder this as we head south, and the more I think about it, the more I like it; it just seems to cover it all.  I mentally christen the green machine with her new name, and I am pleased with this small change. Driving is conducive to deep thoughts.  LOL.

I see a sign for Arizona Beach and am intrigued.  It’s a small site with black sand.  I park MissAdventure and the boys and I explore. 

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Our curiosity satisfied, we head out, spotting these quail on the way back to Hwy 101.

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Onward toward Gold Beach and Brookings.  The farther south we go the less sunshine there is. We head into fog.

At Samuel Boardman State Park the fog hangs over the ocean like a blanket. I really want to see Arch Rock and we take the loop trail down and back up to the parking lot several times in anticipation of the fog lifting.  We sit on the bench seat of the picnic table and people watch.  An hour passes, then another half hour.

The cottony gray mist lifts for a bit, then settles back down. It doesn’t appear to want to leave, but I do.  I have a mission to get back to Cali and I don’t want to sit here any longer waiting.  We take our last walk down to the section of the park where Arch Rock stands in eternal immobility, its feet planted in the swirling sea. I snap a few photos through the mist.  I have seen many places along 101 that I would like to visit but didn’t this trip, and I know we will come this way again. Perhaps then it will be a fog-free photo opportunity.

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Arch Rock in the misty fog

We make it as far as Crescent City where I re-supply at WalMart, and we spend the night. It’s one of the dirtiest places we’ve been, but I am thankful to have a place to park. Sleep is decent and it was fairly quiet. 

Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs!  Hugs, Shawna

 

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

While camped at Edson Creek we take advantage of  having some time on our hands and head to Cape Blanco, across Hwy 101 from where we are.  The road is narrow, rough in places and sometimes it’s a tight fit to get by someone.

It’s partly cloudy with a light breeze. That is until we get to the lighthouse.  The wind is screaming in fits and starts out on the cape and it’s dang cold. The poor host has his winter gear on and it’s a good thing since he has to be out in this all day. I park, leaving The Chiweenie Brothers in the van,  and walk back to take lighthouse photos.

The host asks me where are the dogs, and that throws me for a minute …  He explains that he looks forward to petting and making over any dogs that come along and he noticed the boys in the van as we pulled up and asks what “brand” they are. I explain they are chiweenies, dachshund/chihuahua cross, and not inclined to be out in anything less than 60 degrees OR in a cold wind.  He nods his head in understanding, disappointment clearly showing in his eyes, but they light up when someone pulls up with a golden lab in the back seat.  He gets his dog fix after all!

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As breathtaking as the scene is I don’t linger. I am soon back at the van and heading back down the narrow rutted road. Not a good idea to pull a trailer all the way up to the lighthouse.  There’s a campground a bit down the road, but I know nothing about it, other than they had the “full” sign on display.

I stop to take photos of Hughes House which is closing as I pull in, but I get some nice shots of the old house.  Read more about Hughes House HERE .

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We also park a bit farther down the road back toward Hwy 101 and take the short trail to the old pioneer cemetery.  It’s a mowed, short trail where at the end we find a few gravesites. An informational sign says all the remains have been removed, but fails to say why.

Cape Blanco Pioneer Cemetery, aka Hughes Family Cemetery, is located on the road into Cape Blanco State Park. The graveyard was built around the local church (Mary, Star of the Sea), and contained various members of the Hughes family and their mostly Irish immigrant neighbors.

Thanks for coming along!  Hugs, Shawna

 

Edson Creek Campground, Sixes Oregon

 

It’s almost the end of September. We are about 10 miles inland from the coast, and the nights are cool and the days pleasant. Sparse traffic makes for a peaceful camp, and The Chiweenie Brothers and I enjoy lots of long, leisurely walks along paved road.

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I had not planned on staying so long here, although it’s a lovely campground, but an order I placed with Amazon is taking its sweet time to arrive. Part of the order has been delivered,  but the other half is napping in Salt Lake City ….

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My phone doesn’t work here, but I can text. My Mobely hotspot signal comes and goes, but at least it works sometimes.  It’s all good.  The boys and I deal with what’s handed to us and make do, happily.  Most times. Ha!

Beside the walks, I read and crochet and check Amazon  a dozen times a day to see where the other half of my order is languishing. We drive into Port Orford to purchase ice and a few supplies and drive down to the harbor. The view of the bay provides a gorilla’s profile in the large rock in front of us. Do you see it?

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Back at camp I fill out another tag and write out another check for three more days then take the boys for a walk where we discover Mr. Wooly Bear caterpillar. Next spring he will become a tiger moth.  Folklore says you can predict the weather by how much black is on the coat of the wooly bear. The more black on their coat the colder and wetter the winter will be. Looks to me like it’s almost a tossup this year.
DSC_0008We continue to bide our time over the weekend, and finally, FINALLY, on Tuesday the package is delivered. Amazon’s Prime 2-day delivery only took a week :), but you gotta love UPS! Those dudes will deliver anywhere; right up to our campsite at Edson Creek Campground in Sixes, Oregon.

It’s late in the afternoon by the time my Amazon order arrives so we will stay another night here then head south early tomorrow morning on the last leg of our Oregon Coast summer trip. Getting so excited to see family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Hugs, Shawna and The Boys

CAMP AMENITIES
Water:  Yes. I spigot near Host’s site    Garbage: Yes
Bathrooms:  Yes, vault                            Electricity: No
Tables: Yes                                                Shower: No
Fire Pit:  Yes                                              BBQ: Grate on fire pit, but is non-adjustable
# of Sites: 20                                              Fee: $8 per night, seniors with pass $4
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Bandon-By-The-Sea . . .

Bandon. One of my favorite places in Oregon and where the best cream puffs I’ve ever tasted are made!  But, seeing how ol’ Murphy, of Murphy’s Law fame, is my cousin, the Bandon Bakery is closed.  Oh that’s right, it’s not Murphy at all. It’s Monday.  They aren’t open on Monday. Neither is the Bandon Market that’s on the wharf. Well, you picked fine time Lucille to stop in Bandon, didn’t you?

We head out to the jetty to get the Bandon lighthouse from the south side.

DSC_0027 (1)From here we head back north and capture some shots from the north side. The lighthouse is accessible from a road heading out to the ocean from Bullard’s Beach State Park. I love this squat little lighthouse.  The boys get in some drift wood exploration, too.

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My goodness, it’s a gorgeous day! No trip to Bandon is complete without driving Beach Loop Road and stopping at Face Rock. This viewpoint offers exceptional vistas of the  area to the left and right of Face Rock.

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I spend a bit of time just drinking in the view, but soon we are on the road just a bit south of Face Rock to stop and visit with good friends who have recently moved here.  I am served a scrumptious strawberry shortcake that rivals those cream puffs whose exquisite taste I was raving about.

Anxious to get on the road and closer to family I regretfully decline their generous offer of a place to park and access to laundry and a shower. Such awesome people! I linger,  but know I must move on. It’s been a year since I’ve seen my sons, my sister, and my grandchildren.  The closer I get the more urgent seeing them becomes.

We head south bathed in the warm sunshine of this beautiful day.  Thanks for coming along with us! Hugs, Shawna

 

 

Shore Acres and Cape Arago Lighthouse

Once we leave Sunset Bay we head south to Shore Acres State Park.  This park used to be the summer home of lumber Baron Louis J Simpson who built a magnificent home on the rocks of the shore overlooking the ocean with a gorgeous flower garden complete with a Japanese inspired pond.  The gardener’s quarters and the restored gardens are all that is left of this magnificent estate.

During the winter holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s metal sculptures depicting ocean-related themes and creatures and are brought in and festooned with over 300,000 lights. I’ve visited here before during this time and it is absolutely gorgeous. And very crowded, but worth it!

The Simpsons’ view from their cliff top home. Read more about this Oregon State Park and its benefactor’s HERE 

Cape Arago  lighthouse from afar.   Somehow, some way I missed the road to get to this lighthouse.  Dang! A good excuse to go back!!!  DSC_0045Read more about it HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs, Shawna

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