Coos Bay and Grants Pass

Trip Start Jun 29, 2012
Trip End Jul 30, 2012

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sorry for the late post for yesterday.  We were both so tired we didn't have the energy to fire up the laptop and get our thoughts on 'paper'.

We drove from Bandon to Coos Bay yesterday.  It was a pleasant 30 minute drive along Hwy 101.  On the way we saw this cool tree.  Neither of us has seen one before - I'd like to know what it is. Coos Bay is known for it's lumber shipping port - and, for our runner friends, it's the birthplace of Steve Prefontaine.  We learned a lot about Coos Bay by going to the visitor center and reading educational placards placed all along a boardwalk on the river.  We were able to take a close up look at a tugboat - the Koos 2 - that was put into use in the early 1900's to assist large lumber barges to navigate the river.  The photos show the Koos 2 and river tugs used today.  It's crazy to think those old tugboats could actually push around big barges and survive!!

Not much else to do in Coos Bay if you're not a shopper so we stopped by a grocery and picked up some ribeye steaks and veggies to bbq for dinner.  It was a little foggy towards dinner time but the new bbq didn't fail to produce excellent steaks!  After dinner we put Roxie's leash on, made some Bailey's with coffee, and went for a walk around the RV park.  It's a beautiful park with lots or room for dogs to run.  Roxie was enthralled with osprey that built their nests in the AT&T cell tower, as well as quail families living in the bushes right outside our coach.  We love the Oregon Coast so much, we've decided to stay.  Lance started a RV repair service and I found a charming chateau for us :) :)  HA! We will be home in a few days.

Today we packed up the coach and headed to the last stop of our trip - Rogue River/Grants Pass, Oregon.  We went from very cool coastal weather to very hot inland weather.  When we left Bandon it was 53 degrees; when we arrived in GP it was 93 degrees.  After getting settled in we hopped in the car and drove around GP and Rogue River. Decided we were too lazy to make dinner so asked the RV hosts to recommend a good Mexican food restaurant.  We sat and had dinner - Lance enjoyed a margarita and I had a Modelo Negra - yummy all the way around.  After dinner we fixed up some Baileys with coffee again, sat outside and read for a while then walked around after it cooled down a bit.  I'm writing this at 10:20 and it's still 87 degrees outside.

Lance's grandfather and uncle live in Grants Pass and we will be visiting them both tomorrow.  We lare looking forward to spending a day with family :)
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