Washington In Our Rear View Mirror

Yesterday we left the September heat wave that enveloped Washington and headed south. The temps reached the mid 90’s during the day. Our stop last night was in our favorite I-5 motel at Rogue River, Oregon. The Best Western Inn At The Rogue is affordable, has Wifi, free breakfast, a darling little park across the street along the river, and Rogue River sports one of the best restaurants on the I-5 corridor, The Station. All of which made for an enjoyable overnight.

This morning we headed west from I-5 toward the coast. Vegetable and fruit check, $4.50/gal. gas, redwood trees, yep we’re in California. There was a 40 degree difference between the I-5 corridor and the coast. We took a detour on the one-lane road that cuts through the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. If you’ve never driven Howland Hill Road, you should the next time you’re in the Crescent City area. It was beautiful even in the foggy conditions.

Our trip continued down the coast with stops to view the flowers, the ocean, and a herd of elk grazing along the seashore. You don’t see that every day! We stopped in a couple of health food stores that seem to be common along this coast. Lunch at one and some groceries at one closer to our destination – our Worldmark condo at Windsor, California. This is the heart of the wine country. Our hosts gave us their recommendations for wine tastings and didn’t include any in Sonoma or Napa valleys!

Tomorrow we are heading to Bodega Bay to do some sightseeing and painting (if the weather permits). We expect it will be foggy again, but hope for some afternoon sunshine. Until then here are a few pics from today.


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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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1 Response to Washington In Our Rear View Mirror

  1. ace says:

    Dearhearts – We’ll be not far behind you, leaving out tomorrow morning. Thanks for the redwood detour tip. See you soon. Love, marc and candace

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