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My husband and Lilah checking out Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Cousin Kelly all decked out in a safari hat from the Spring 2007 'Ship Ahoy!' collection

Last weekend my family (including parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) all took a quick road trip to beautiful Gold Beach, Oregon; it is on the coast, just 45 miles beyond the California border. After a full day of driving, we made a pit stop at The Trees of Mystery in Klamath, CA and had a photo op with the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox before driving the final stretch. Though we were in Oregon for only a couple days, our plan was to pack in as much fun as possible.

Our first full day in Gold Beach was tasked with arriving at a jet boat dock by 8am  (yes, 8am on vacation – what were we thinking!) for a 64 mile round trip ride up the Rogue River. It was Lilah’s first boat trip and she was excited. The weather was cooperating (phew), but it was so windy on the way up river that it was a real challenge to keep warm. Lilah, being the smart girl that she is, hid beneath the blanket and slept most of the ride up.

We stopped after 32 miles in the small community of Agness. Those of us that had young children took a breather, warmed up, and had some lunch while the ‘grandparents’ all chose to go as far as the jet boats were able to take them (an additional 20 miles). When they returned, they regaled us with tales of rapids, rock cliffs and warm weather declaring it to be the most stunning part of the trip. Of course, isn’t that the way it always is?

We were told this bridge was only 4 ft. above the water line during the 1964 flood.

The sign on the roof reads “High Water December 22, 1964” that was the high water mark during the flood.

On the way back down the river the weather was beautiful and Lilah stood up next to me almost the whole time. She was excited to see deer and river otters along the banks. There were so many fishermen hoping to catch King Salmon or Steelhead that we made a game of looking for dogs on the small boats on our way down (there were many). Our guide informed us that during the flooding in December 1964 the river almost flooded over many of the bridges (hard to imagine). All-in-all it was a beautiful day and a fabulous boat trip with my amazing family. There is so much more to tell you about, like our ocean voyage to the St. George’s Reef Lighthouse and our tour of the Coast Guard Station but I think I’ll save the rest for another day! Stay tuned.

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