Days Three and Four
Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
8Trip End Sep 13, 2007
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Yesterday we left the Redwoods and traveled across the state line into southern Oregon. Today we explored the Southern Oregon Coast. Both days have been the laid-back, lazy vacation days you dream of when work is especially hard and your boss' expectations seem impossible to meet. In fact, I am sure it is the memory of these lazy, wandering days that led computer experts to design the relaxing ocean and mountain screen-savers that taunt us back at the office. Needless to say Bill and I have enjoyed the simplicity of life on this leg of our journey.
Our new home, the Inn of the Beachcomber, doesn't have internet access (you trade that for a spa tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean).
I have found that it in the random wandering of a trip you find some of the most interesting people and places. The past two days have been no exception:
Before leaving Klamath, we stopped into one of the town's few retail businesses -- an authentic Indian style salmon jerky shop.
FOLLOW THE LIGHT
Today we drove about 40 minutes north to tour the Cape Blanco lighthouse. This is the oldest continually used lighthouse in Oregon.
One of the more prominent characters we have met since entering Oregon is the wind -- blustery, forceful, ear-stinging wind. At Cape Blanco lighthouse, the wind can gust to over 100 mph. Today it was probably about half that speed. Yesterday, we walked on a beach with the most beautiful two-toned black and brown sand. Today I am still shaking black sand out of my ears.
AN ITALIAN DELIGHT
This afternoon we met Patty and even more exciting, we met Patty's delicious gourmet culinary feats. After a lackluster lunch at the Porthole Restaurant yesterday afternoon (how did Patty put it "After my third time getting ill at the Porthole, I stopped going), we needed something new. Gold Beach isn't large. So meal options are limited and costly. Today we stopped into Rollin' N Dough.
DINNER ON THE BEACH ANYONE?
Tonight we will be taking our finds from the past few days - Patty's yummy food, Indian smoked salmon, Saginaw Vineyard wine, a blanket from Wal-Mart -- and heading out to the beach by our hotel to enjoy a sunset meal.
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