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The Forgotten Coast

When we looked at the local tourist brochure for sights to see around Eureka, one seemed to stand out  – a driving trip through a quaint little town called Ferndale and then onto a deviation from the main Highway 101 to the ‘Forgotten Beach’. The first part of this drive took us to one of…

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Redwoods and Timber Barons

Eureka, in northern California,  where we are staying foe a couple of days  is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland. The entire city is a state historic landmark because of its hundreds of significant Victorian homes and commercial buildings. A few miles south of Eureka, down Highway 101 is the famous drive…

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Oregon and California Coasts

By this morning, most of the rain from the last few days had cleared and today was much brighter and sunnier. We left Coos Bay quite early and headed south down Highway 101 towards the city of Eureka. We have been following a variation of a self-drive itinerary published by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce.…

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Coos Bay

We drove down to the historic town of Coos Bay on the Oregon coast yesterday with a few deviations on the way. On leaving Portland, we got confused by the some of the freeway directional signs and in places, there were only a few hundred metres to get from one side of a 60 mph…

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Portland

Our luck has run out with the weather. After two weeks of sunny days, we woke this morning to see that it was raining and this wet weather is forecast to continue for the next few days. We spent the day in this large city catching up wth a few things we needed to do…

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The Dalles and The Columbia Gorge

We left Bend early this morning and drove north to a city called The Dalles on the Columbia River. Most of the countryside consisted of a flat lava plain that was intersected by gorges and ravines. It was a very dry area, and I think the locals refer to it as a ‘desert’. In the…

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Bend

We are now  in the city of Bend, Oregon. Over the past few days we have passed through the towns of Glide, Weed, Talent and Steamboat, so Bend, as a name, is not all that unusual. Bend is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River. It was originally a crossing…

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Roseburg

Tonight we are in Rosberg, Oregon. We left Medford this morning when it was cloudy and about 7C but by the afternoon the day had become a sunny warm day at 18C. We drove up to Grants Pass which was written up as being a city full of adventure – white water rafting, kayaking, hiking…