Eel Lake: Winchester Bay

I know that many people go to the coast specifically to walk the beach -- and I love the beach too -- but I also like walking through the coastal forests with its salal and rhododendrons filling in the understory. While at the coast a couple weeks ago, we stopped by Eel Lake to explore. Eel Lake is a good-sized, fresh water lake, surrounded by forest.  Located a few miles south of Winchester Bay on Highway 101, the lake is accessed through William M. Tugman State Park. We found a wide, … [Read more...]

Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden: Reedsport

Earlier this month we headed to Reedsport to experience something new, the O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden. Located 3 miles east of Reedsport on Highway 38, the garden is currently being restored by a joint partnership between the BLM and the “Friends of Hinsdale Garden.” This hidden treasure was a labor of love for one man, O. Howard Hinsdale. Saved from demolition in the late 1990s, over 700 of the original plants in this garden have since been identified. And, while the garden is beautiful, … [Read more...]

Umpqua River Boardwalk: Reedsport

I’ve often been curious about the riverfront in Reedsport. From my perspective, it has always seemed like a lost opportunity; really, you would hardly know that Reedsport was on a river if you didn’t cross it on your way out of town. In the past, our forays down to the river to explore have only revealed an uninviting and unwelcoming industrial area, with nothing “touristy” or of scenic value. Obviously, we were exploring the wrong area. With thanks to the website "100 Steps on the Oregon … [Read more...]

Elk at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

Lately, I’ve had many opportunities to drive past the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, just east of Reedsport. Each time, I always look for elk out in the meadows, and I frequently stop for a closer look and to stretch my legs. For me, there is something captivating about the elk – maybe it is their size, or maybe the number that sometimes gather there, or maybe it is how close they are and yet how undisturbed they are by our presence. I know it is not just me, because there are always people … [Read more...]