The rhododendrons in my side and front yard were amazing again this year. I love them but they do make a mess after they're finished blooming.
The week of June 25th, we packed up the truck and camper and headed south on I-5. We went as far as Grants Pass, Oregon and then stopped in Winston at the Wildlife Animal Safari. It was an amazing, slow ride thru over 600 acres of exotic animals....many roaming free and some were not.
Our ultimate goal on this road trip was to meet up with Pat Manning and her family. They were visiting from England and were going to be in Smith River, California the end of June. We left Winston and traveled west on Highway 199 ending up in Crescent City, California which is a little south of Smith River. This was new territory for us and we loved all of the beautiful scenery we traveled thru. We found some new campgrounds and some new fun places to stop for a break. We found this beauty in Gasquet, CA....Finally we arrived in Smith River and found a great campground right at sea level. There was a small bay right in front of us and just past the sand spit that bordered the bay was the Pacific ocean.
It was a beautiful spot to camp and we loved every minute of our time there. Saturday June 30th we meet Pat and her husband Peter. We visited for a couple hours and made plans to meet up the next morning for the drive north to Gold Beach, Oregon. We had booked a jet boat trip up the Rogue River. This was my 3rd trip up the river, Bob's 2nd trip and their 1st. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny and warm morning as we boarded the boat and headed up the river.
This last picture was our stop for dinner at Lucas Lodge along the river. Served family style they had big platters of fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, home made rolls & jam and ice cream with Oregon blackberry sauce for dessert. We got back into Gold Beach about 8pm and reluctantly said good bye to Pat and Peter. The next day Bob and I began our journey home up Highway 101 along the coast. No matter how often we take that route we are always blown away by the beautiful sights along the highway.
One of Oregon's many unique bridges.
We watched the 4th of July fireworks on the shore of Lincoln City, Oregon
A stop at the Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream Factory is a must.
The bridge in the bottom picture crosses the Columbia River, at this location connecting Rainier, Oregon and Longview, Washington. We camped here (on the Oregon side) our last night on the road.
The rest of the summer has been pretty mundane....weeding, watering, harvesting and just enjoying being home. Although Labor Day weekend we did go out to the coast to Westport, Washington to visit friends. And I've picked enough blackberries at my brother and sister in law's woodsy place for many pies this winter. I've re-stained my small wood deck so it's ready for another winter, the gutters are cleaned (a leaf blower works great for this task)....I am ready for whatever Mother Nature hands down in the next few months.