pt1: Reedsport to Brookings, A trip down the coast 3-10/3-15

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pt1: Reedsport to Brookings, A trip down the coast 3-10/3-15

Post by markesc » March 27th, 2014, 9:25 pm

Took a few days off to enjoy the coast!

This is mostly a photo tour, with a few short hiking pics mixed in.

Took I-5 to the 38, which drops you in Reedsport. A VERY fun road, with prettymuch zero people on it, and along the way, the Dean Creek Elk viewing area caught me by surprise! It's only a few miles before you hit Reedsport:
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Made a quick stop to checkout the Umpqua River Lighthouse, oddly, it's east of the road, and you can drive right up to it:
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Next stop was Shore Acres, one could easily spend a week in this neck of the woods!

Cape Arago Lighthouse:
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The gardens were just starting to bloom, and apparently the next few weeks will be the peak time.
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Magnolia in Bloom + Hummingbird:
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Bandon was the next stop! Made it just in time to grab the hotel keys and hit the beach for sunset:
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Apparently I'm capped at 15 photos :cry:

See pt 2 and 3 in another thread!

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Re: pt1: Reedsport to Brookings, A trip down the coast 3-10/

Post by kelkev » March 28th, 2014, 4:06 am

Beautiful, amazing photography. The Southern Oregon Coast is one of our best kept secrets. My wife and I honeymooned from Florence to Brookings over a 10 day period 20 years ago, neither of us had ever been south of Florence. We've been back several times, Cape Blanco State Park is one of our favorites.

Thanks for sharing!

Kevin
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— John Muir

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Re: pt1: Reedsport to Brookings, A trip down the coast 3-10/

Post by payslee » March 28th, 2014, 7:57 am

Beautiful pics!

I'm with you on the pleasures of Route 38. I mean, I kinda HATE driving and I love that road. So scenic, no cars, lots of places to pull aside if there *is* a car that wants to go by, and the Umpqua River as it passes through farm towns and forest. A really nice way to get to the coast.

I've been heading down to Gold Beach a couple of times a year for work and I always try to break up the drive by stopping and walking along the way - I haven't been to a lot of the places on your trip yet and look forward to checking them out.

-payslee

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Re: pt1: Reedsport to Brookings, A trip down the coast 3-10/

Post by retired jerry » March 28th, 2014, 8:09 am

I agree, highway 38 is pretty good. Doesn't go to very high elevation so it's good if you're worried about snow. I drive my RV on it occasionally.

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Re: pt1: Reedsport to Brookings, A trip down the coast 3-10/

Post by Grannyhiker » March 28th, 2014, 8:27 am

IMHO, the section of coast between Gold Beach and Brookings is probably the most spectacular on the Oregon coast. You can hike the Oregon Coast Trail for most of it, although camp places are almost nonexistent.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.--E.Abbey

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