Sunday, July 7, 2013

Rogue River, Oregon June 26 - July 7, 2013

We left Wednesday night after work, and made it all the way to Hawthorne, NV.  We spent the night at the Elks Lodge.  There is no charge here...Only a donation.  Well worth it, because we really needed the air conditioner to cool us off for the evening. 

We arrived Thursday afternoon at the Valley of the Rogue State Park.  We stayed in site D33.  Full hookups for only $24/night.  This is a really nicely laid out campground.  The only issue we had was the close proximity to the I-5 Freeway.  However, we were only steps away from the Rogue River.

Jessica, Erik, Myles and their two dogs (Nala & Duncan) joined us for about 3 days.  We really enjoyed their stay with us.  We spent most of the time at the campground, but we did manage to get to the 60th annual Rooster Crow Parade in Rogue River. 

It was an exceptionally hot week all across the Western United States.  The temperature here climbed to 100 degrees, but cooled off in the evenings and mornings.  I guess we were still lucky to escape the 115+ degree heat in Vegas!

We managed to ride our bicycles quite a bit.  They have an amazing bicycle path that goes from the campground to the town of Rogue River...about 3 miles.  We also rode our bicycles to Gold Hill one day...That was a 13-mile trip. 

We were able to visit many of the small communities in the area, including Rogue River, Gold Hill, Grants Pass, Medford, the Historic Landmark of Jacksonville, Ashland, and Cave Junction.

We also visited Oregon Caves National Monument.  This is a very unique cave, in the fact that it's a marble cave.  Only about 5 percent of the caves are marble...Most are limestone.  It was a welcome relief from the heat of the day...The cave temperature is 44 degrees F, all year long.

Mt Shasta

Valley of the Rogue Campground Space D33

Watching the Annual Rooster Crow Parade in Rogue River

Waiting for the Parade

Here comes the parade

I'm not sure who these guys are, but they can really drive these go-carts.

View of the Rogue River from the bike path.

Jacksonville - Oregon

People cooling off in Lithia Park - Ashland - Oregon
This is a beautiful 93-acre park in downtown Ashland