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Day 34 - Sunshine

sunny 12 °C

Today we were greeted by sunshine. Sunshine lifts the spirits.

We went out to explore Grants Pass, OR.

We thought we would first share two of the iconic sights in Grants Pass. The first iconic sight is of Dutch Bros. Coffee. This coffee company was started in 1992 by Dane and Travis Boersma. The Boersma family had operated a dairy farm in this area for many years but government regulations pressed the family to sell their cows. The young brothers thought of a new way to make a living. They bought a double-headed espresso machine and began selling coffee from drive-through booths. Today, Dutch Bros. Coffee is the country's largest privately-held drive-thru coffee company, with over 260 locations in seven states and over 5,000 employees. They have a large warehouse and roasting operation here in Grants Pass. The second iconic sight in Grants Pass is this sign which hangs over 6th Street and has been there for many years.

Iconic Grants Pass site

Iconic Grants Pass site

Second iconic Grants Pass site

Second iconic Grants Pass site

We drove over to All Sports Park and walked to a footbridge which spans the Rogue River. Along the way we saw this statue of a family enjoying a walk. We also walked past a pond. We could hear this "goose parade" before we could see it. These geese were swimming as if in a procession.

Family statue in All Sports Park

Family statue in All Sports Park

Goose Parade

Goose Parade

This is the view of the Rogue River from the footbridge. The Rogue River is experiencing flood conditions as were so many rivers that we saw particularly in California.

Rogue River in Grants Pass

Rogue River in Grants Pass

We then thought we would drive out to Hellgate Canyon to see what the swollen river looked like there.

Bridge over Rogue River at Hellgate

Bridge over Rogue River at Hellgate

Reta was excited to see a Great Blue Heron beside the river.

Great Blue Heron by Rogue River

Great Blue Heron by Rogue River

We were able to look right into the Hellgate Canyon to see the Rogue river swirling around in the canyon.

Eddies in Rogue River at Hellgate

Eddies in Rogue River at Hellgate

We were then curious about what the river looked like further downstream so drove as far west as Graves Creek Bridge and parking area, which is used to put canoes and kayaks in the Rogue River for an exciting river experience. We found the river had covered the parking area and was passing quickly by on its way to Gold Beach, OR where it enters the Pacific Ocean.

Rogue River covers parking lot at Graves Creek

Rogue River covers parking lot at Graves Creek

Shirley checks out water

Shirley checks out water

Churning river

Churning river

Reta took a photo of the rock beside the road at Graves Creek.

Interesting rock colour

Interesting rock colour

We started driving back to Grants Pass and we passed Indian Mary Park which is one of Josephine County's parks. This park is used for camping and picnicing and also has a boat ramp. Shirley spotted some wild turkeys grazing in the park so we stopped to get a photo. The whole park is one big water puddle. After Reta got a photo we drove down to the boat ramp. The water was just a foot or so below the boat ramp. We spoke to a park employee on our way out of the park. He told us that just a day or so ago the boat launch was under water.

Wild turkeys at Indian Mary Park

Wild turkeys at Indian Mary Park

Water was over boat launch at Indian Mary Park

Water was over boat launch at Indian Mary Park

Water all over park

Water all over park

We took this photo of a family camping in a yurt as that is not a sight we are used to seeing.

Yurt campers at Indian Mary Park

Yurt campers at Indian Mary Park

We drove back to Grants Pass. We had excellent and plentiful Chinese food at China Hut. A good day was had by all.

Posted by A-RPoulton 21:15 Archived in USA

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