Hello all! After twelve days of travel on the Oregon Coast and a bit of car trouble in Southern Oregon I am back. Being without computer access was not as difficult as I thought it would be, but I did miss visiting all my favorite book blogs. There was so much to see and do on our journey and many interesting people to talk to. I discovered new places I want to visit including Puget Island, WA which is on the Columbia River near Cathlamet. The island is 7.5 square miles, has a population of about 800 people and is agriculturally based. Local farms provide flowers, produce and eggs to the Farmer Market and several take their goods to the market in Astoria, about 35 miles down river. We saw the island from a point of land on the Oregon side and I am enthralled by the place.
We were on the Oregon coast for five days, visiting favorite places and exploring new ones. Saw tide pool animals, seals, many sea birds and one gray whale. Spent time walking, reading, visiting bookstores and eating wonderful food. Again, The Sylvia Beach Hotel in Nye Beach met and exceeded all our expectations. We stayed in the Tolkien Room!
Spent some “unexpected” time in Grant’s Pass, Oregon, waiting for a car part. We visited Crater Lake National Park and the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers. I love rivers and waterfalls, and spent time picnicking beside them and taking pictures. We also visited a wildlife rehabilitation and education center called Wildlife Images. I have been to several animal rehabilitation centers and this one is the best I’ve seen. They do wonderful work and I would suggest anyone traveling through the area would enjoy a visit. The area around Grant’s Pass is filled with history and I would happily spend more time there. I particularly want to visit Oregon Caves. All in all, it was a wonderful, restful trip, even with the car fiasco.
I read several mysteries while on my trip and a wonderful novel, Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin, that I plan on reviewing later in the week. Now I need to visit all my favorite bloggers and see what you’ve been up to!
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