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    • Day48

      Oregon Caves National Monument, OR

      May 27, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Arrivés in-extremis pour la visite de 4pm, nous serons au final seul avec 3 guides (dont 2 en formation). C’est l’un des plus gros réseaux de grottes d’Oregon ! Bien plus étroit mais éclairé cette fois-ci!


      Arrives just for the 4pm tour, in the end we will be just 2 of us with 3 guides (2 trainees). It’s one of the biggest network of caves in Oregon. Much more narrow, but with light this time !
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    • Day493

      Einmal die Westküste runter

      June 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Unser nächstes Ziel nach Seattle war San Francisco, knapp 1500 Kilometer trennten uns davon. Wer uns kennt, weiss mittlerweile, das wir eher Fans vom langsamem Reisen sind. Wir hätten die Distanz auch in 2 Tagen über den Highway abfahren können - nichts da, wir entschieden uns die Küstenstrasse 101 zu nehmen, welche teilweise nur einige Meter neben der Pazifikküste entlang schländert. Vergleichbar mit der Great Ocean Road in Australien, nur einige Kilometer länger. Zwei ganze Tage fuhren wir nur der Küste entlang und erfreuten uns immer aufs Neue über den Anblick des Pazifiks. Übernachtet hatten wir auf einen Viewpoint oder auf einem grossen Parkplatz (beides mit Meersicht - logo oder?).

      Nur wenige Kilometer im Landesinneren stiessen wir auf die einzigartigen Redwood Bäume. Die immergrünen Küstenmammutbäume gelten als die höchsten Bäume der Welt, sind nur in Kalifornien anzutreffen und gehören zu der Famile der Zypressen. Sie können über 110 Meter hoch sowie 7 Meter breit werden und leben tausende von Jahren.
      Nachdem wir in Namibia die breitesten Bäume sahen, haben wir nun das Glück, die Höchsten in Kalifornien zu bestaunen. 🤗

      Der Redwood State Park ist DER Ort, um sich die Mammutbäume näher anzusehen. Wir liefen einige kleinere Wanderwege ab und hatten nach kurzer Zeit Genickschmerzen (schaut mal einige Zeit 110 Meter hinauf 🤔). Sehr eindrucksvoll! Die Wälder dieser Bäume zählen übrigens als Regenwald, wär hätte das gedacht.
      Die kommende Nacht verbrachten wir auf einer Raststätte nähe Eureka. Da verliessen wir die Küste auch für einige Zeit, um durch die Avenue of Giants zu fahren. Eigentlich nichts anderes als eine Strasse durch den Wald der Mammutbäume - aber wenn sie schon extra gebaut wurde, nutzen wir sie auch. 🤩

      An diesem Abend passierte noch was aussergewöhnliches: wir checkten zum ersten Mal in den USA auf einem bezahlten Campingplatz ein (abgesehen vom grausamen Asphaltparkplatz in Vegas) und der war erst noch an einem Fluss gelegen. So genossen wir eine Erfrischung im Fluss und heizten das erste Mal unseren Grill ein, um eine (echte Schweizer) Bratwurst zu grillieren.

      Tagsdaurauf bogen wir auf die Zielgerade nach San Francisco ein. Nochmals ein kurzes Stück der Küste entlang, paralell vorbei am Napa Valley (Weingebiet) und schon standen wir vor dem „Eingangstor“ San Francisco‘s - der Golden Gate Bridge.

      🎼 If you‘re going to San Francisco🎼
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    • Day25

      Lake Selmac

      July 20, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Da uns ein wenig nach Verschnaufen ist, bleiben wir 2 Tage an einem kleinen See. Und wenn wir nicht mit Elli spielen oder planschen, waschen wir Wäsche ;-) . Außerdem haben wir nach über einer Woche mal wieder den Luxus in einer richtigen Dusche zu duschen und im Internet zu surfen. Zusätzlich machen wir außer lecker Essen einfach NIX.Read more

    • Day39

      Oregon Caves National Monument

      November 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      We drove to the Oregon Caves and was able to get on an 11am tour, instead of the 3pm tour I reserved. It was rainy and the lodge was closed, so there wasn't much to do if we had to wait.
      There was an old couple that had to leave after a short walk into the cave. They were warned, but it didn't sink in. They never would have made it through the whole tour.
      After the tour, we hiked up to a viewpoint before leaving for our campsite in Grants Pass.
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    • Day24

      Rogue River - Day One

      July 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      So we headed over to the rafting office and got there right on time. We met a nice family from Reno right off the bat and they gave us good packing advice.

      After a briefing section we packed up our stuff in dry-bags and took a shuttle to the river.

      I wadi. An inflatable kayak and the kids were in a bigger raft - but they still had to row.

      NOTE: From here on our there aren't many pictures at all. I had to keep my phone in a dry bag on the raft and it just seemed easier to enjoy the trip than snap pictures! I'm hopeful the company will forward videos and pics I can add to this later.

      Anyway, the first day was great! There were plenty of interesting class III rapids and the kids seemed very pleased. We could jump into the river often and float beside our boats on the flat stretches. That was a great way to cool off.

      We had a nice lunch and got to know the other folks on the trip. There were about twenty customers and six guides. Most of the guides were teachers and did this for extra summer income. They were very professional and took our safety seriously!

      By 3:30 or so we made it to our first lodge to spend the night. Highlights included:

      - The tame, friendly deer
      - Playing "The Resistance" card game with three teen siblings and two guides, Lax and Jasmine. Lots of laughs.
      - Bats flying around in the main lodge because they were fixing the roof and had holes temporarily.
      - The lights going out at 10 b/c the generator was turned off - dark!
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    • Day25

      Rogue River - Day Two

      August 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      We had a nice easy morning at the lodge, including a nice hearty breakfast. By 10:00 we were back in the river. Samantha and Franklin had a chance to run some rapids in the Kayaks here and there and we continued deeper into the wild lands.

      A real highlight came late in the day when we stopped at an old homestead site that was now a museum. There was a wonderful swimming hole in the creek along the property that we hiked up too. The water was crystal clear and even colder than the Rogue! Franklin and I jumped off the big boulder several times - hopefully the guide will email us some pictures.

      The second lodge was even nicer than the first and we'd had a good time playing games and relaxing. We watched some of the videos together on a big TV and laughed at the thrills and spills.

      Attached is the one picture I took that day - the lens soaked from the wave Samantha and I took to the face while in the raft!
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    • Day2

      Rogue River Bit O Paradise

      September 19, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Hiked in with Jen. Jen left on Sunday. John and I stayed until Sept 26, Sunday. We hiked Devils backbone to Brushy Bar. Nice hike worth doing. We fished everyday. Night crawlers and little Cleo lure worked best. Only landed one fish which we think was a small steelhead. Jumped in Paradise pond which is a wide spot in Paradise Creek just upstream from paradise Lodge. Would fun to bring inner tubes to float on.Read more

    • Day650

      7300 Miles Later

      October 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Well, we officially survived our West Coast road trip. Two months and eleven states later, we are back in Oregon. We saw so many great National Parks, listened to a crazy number of podcasts, visited more McDonald’s than I’d been to in years prior, ate a lot of PB&Js, and visited quite a few friends and family.

      By the Numbers:
      • Miles Driven: 7,300
      • States Visited: 11
      • National Parks Visited: 15
      • Days on the Road: 55

      Top Sights:
      • Mammoth Terraces in Yellowstone. This was definitely our favorite park, and this was my favorite place within Yellowstone. The travertine made by calcium carbonate in the hot springs makes everything look snow covered. The reflections in the ponds, the weird layers of rock forming staircases, the dead trees still standing in the water, it was all beautiful in a weird way. Even better, there was a family of elk hanging in the terraces.
      • Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon. It was my second time to Bryce and I loved it just as much. Seeing the colorful pink hoodoos popping up all over the canyon is magical.
      • Mesa Arch in Canyonlands. Simply stunning and a little scary to be able to see deep into the canyon from the arch.

      Best Surprise:
      • Hiking in the Black Hills of Custer State Park. It surprised us how beautiful it is out there in western South Dakota.
      • Relaxing on the coast in Mendocino. Just before arriving back in Oregon, we stopped in the small beach town, a couple hours north of San Francisco. Massive crashing waves, big bluffs and gorgeous sunsets. I could have stayed watching the view from this incredible BnB for days.

      Coolest Towns:
      • Durango, Colorado. We loved this little town. Beautiful spot right in the mountains and along a river. Cute historic downtown area with really good food, great live music, and a perfect BnB to stay at.
      • Santa Barbara, California. Right on the beach. Awesome local restaurants, hip bars and wineries. Spanish-colonial architecture everywhere. Friendly and mellow vibe. What’s not to like?!

      Best Non-Hiking Activities:
      We did a lot of hiking, so we had to switch it up on occasion.
      • Biking 24 miles along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was hard not to gawk at the views along the ride but fortunately we never fell off while doing so!
      • Miss Behave Gameshow in Las Vegas. When we needed a break from nature and national parks, we hit up Vegas for a few days. This was a hysterical and fun show, ridiculous and outrageous.

      Best Tip:
      • Gypsy Guide app! “Jim” was our roadside companion and guide through 9 National Parks. It made those trips so much more interesting and fun. Plus then we had to do less planning, always a plus!
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    • Day25

      Jordan Fabrics, Grant's Pass, Oregon

      October 3, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

      Landed in Grant's Pass, OR. The reason we stopped in Grant's Pass was so Rhonda could go the the infamous Jordan Fabrics Quilt Shop. Donna Jordan is a YouTube rockstar in the quilting world. We were hoping for a Donna sighting...when lo and behold Donna walked into the store and introduced herself. I told her of our epic adventure and allowed us to take a group picture. This made Rhonda's day.

      Watch Donna's videos on YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJenRhhbi4A

      At the airport we got this killer courtesy car.
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    • Day2

      Stop #4 - Heaven on Earth

      June 24, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      We were told by my friend Niel that we must absolutely stop at the Heaven on Earth bakery and cafe. He was right. It was awesome!!!

      I also learned today that in Oregon you are not allowed to pump your own gas. Apparently it is much too dangerous. 🤔Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Josephine County, مقاطعة جوسيفين, Джозефин, যোসেফিন কাউন্টি, Condado de Josephine, Josephine konderria, شهرستان جوزفین، اورگن, Comté de Josephine, Josephine megye, Ժոզեֆին շրջան, Contea di Josephine, ジョセフィーン郡, Josephine Comitatus, Josephine Kūn, Hrabstwo Josephine, Comitatul Josephine, Джосефин, Округ Џосефин, Джозефін, جوزفین کاؤنٹی، اوریگون, Quận Josephine, Condado han Josephine, 約瑟芬縣

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