The First Day
Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
8Trip End Sep 13, 2007
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Today we picked up our rental car which will carry us throughout our northwestern adventure. A compact car bearing the unforgettable hue of burnt sienna, no call it what it really is - metallic orange!
Six hours (if we hadn't stopped) from Portland to Klamath, CA. Actual time more like 10 hours with all our stops.
Interesting things seen on the drive:
St. Louis Street - a road over the highway we traveled. Hundreds of sheep, numerous cows and a few dozen horses. Stands containing every berry you could imagine - blueberries, blackberries, marian berries... Mexican band traveling in a very old bus with a Mexican license plate - you don't see that in the Show Me state! A vintage yellow- school bus fitted as a traveling motor home - very hippie. Dozens of vintage and older cars - VW buses, 40's roadsters, you name it, we saw it. The people of Oregon are apparently quite committed to never letting an automobile die.
Having just traded central time for Pacific, we were left with stomach craving lunch at 10:30 a.m. We tried our best to hold out and finally stopped in the small town of Cottage Grove. Not wanting to succumb to fast food, we cruised the town's historic main street for suitable dinning establishments. No luck. Then we remembered a sign for a winery as we exited the highway.
We were in for a surprise. Though gourmet sandwiches didn't materialize, we did find some delightful Oregon wines to take home or enjoy during a picnic on the beach. Even Bill enjoyed the blackberry wine! We also received a suggestion for a spot in town to grab lunch.
Towards the end of our journey we saw the most spectacular views of the day - The Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean.
As we drove along today, we wondered what it would be like to see the Redwoods. Would the trees gradually get bigger? Would they just suddenly be taller and wider than any tree we have ever seen? Turns out it was a bit of both. As we traveled south on I-5 and then hwy 199, the trees did get larger.
THE PACIFIC OCEAN