The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

Gold Beach, Oregon and The Rogue River January 2, 2007

Filed under: oregon — tara @ 12:50 pm

Salmon Fishing the Rogue River

Oregon is like an oasis for me. There are so many wonderful things to do especially for the nature lover. Gold Beach is where the Rogue River meets the ocean. Here there are plenty of places to stay but we really likes Jot’s Resort. It is RIGHT on the water and close to everything in Gold Beach.
We stayed in the penthouse suite which was large enough for the whole family. Decor is a little dated but it was clean and nice. It felt like staying in a home. Best part: the deck. Open a set of sliding doors, step out on the deck early in the morning and watch the sun rise. The Rogue is right there to watch all the activity and we OFTEN saw seals. Right from the deck.
We also went salmon fishing. Jot’s Resort had alot of suggestions for fishing guides and they knew their stuff! We had a guide pick us up STEPS from our back deck and off we were. We were trolling in no time. We caught two large salmon in minutes. AND if there had been any need to get off the boat, No problem. The guide would just pull up to our dock and let anyone off or on. After the fishing was over, our guide prepared our salmon for cooking. We walked right up to our deck and cooked our salmon. MINUTES after catching it. It was amazing. We had alot of leftover salmon so we took it to a local canning place that prepared, canned, (any way we wanted-we chose smoked) and SHIPPED it to our homes! You cant beat that.
We also took a jet boat tour up the Rogue River on Jerry’s Boat Tours. He took us and several others up the Rogue for a day trip. We stopped at a little cafe on the river and had lunch. Honestly, not something to skip. We saw LOTS of wildlife. Bears, Bald Eagles, Deer, Otters, and so much more. Great educational tour.

Jot’s Resort. The Penthouse Suite Deck

Jerry’s on the Rogue River


Crater Lake January 1, 2007

Filed under: oregon — tara @ 4:09 pm

Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake, Oregon. Absolutely stunning. We went in late July and there was still snow all around. All roads were clear, but we were told there is a SMALL window of time in the summer that is truly the time to go without threat of snow or road closures.
We first traveled the entire length of the rim by car. We stopped repeatedly to take photos. It was breath-taking. We parked and walked down to the lake. This is a LONG walk. Its easy going on the way down, but you gotta be in reasonable shape or it makes for a long walk back. There are boat rides on the lake that are lots of fun and very informative, however PLAN IN ADVANCE. Tickets are purchased at the top and they do sell out. There are also specific times to be aware of and you will need plenty of time to walk down to the boat dock.
After the lake visit we stopped by the Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room. There is a lodge there to stay at and I have heard it is top notch. (though I did not stay there myself.) I will however say that the dining room was incredible. The food was amazing and atmosphere was great (though in my opinion, not the best dining place for kids). While we waited for our reservation time we sat outside on the porch overlooking crater lake. Just sat and stared. Never got tired of the view. There are great chairs, tables, rocking chairs, and bar service on the porch. By the way, one of our co-porch dwellers was Matt Leblanc.

Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.
Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles (160 km) east of the Pacific Ocean. It lies inside a caldera, or volcanic basin, created when the 12,000 foot (3,660 meter) high Mount Mazama collapsed 7,700 years ago following a large eruption.
Generous amounts of winter snow, averaging 533 inches (1,354 cm) per year, supply the lake with water. There are no inlets or outlets to the lake. Crater Lake, at 1,943 feet (592 meters) deep, is the seventh deepest lake in the world and the deepest in the United States. Evaporation and seepage prevent the lake from becoming any deeper.

on the road to crater lake

crater lake