Susan Creek Falls: Hwy 138

Heading east from Roseburg, waterfalls dot Highway 138 and the North Umpqua River. Personally, I think the road from Glide to Diamond Lake should be called the "waterfall highway." As an extra bonus, the hikes into many of these waterfalls are relatively short and the trailheads are easy to get to. A couple weeks ago, on perhaps our last sunny weekend of autumn, I knew I wanted to get out, enjoy the sunshine, and experience some of the great fall color we were having. I also knew there … [Read more...]

Tempranillo Trail

For the past 20-some years, our Thanksgiving weekend traditions have involved a day of wine tasting. Early on, we spent a lot of time in the Willamette Valley, especially the lower and mid-valley wineries, but we've ventured as far north as Dundee. Lately, though, with the current popularity of Thanksgiving weekend wine tasting, we have been heading south to the Umpqua Valley where the vibe is more relaxed and the wine varieties have a broader range. This year, our wine tour was sparked by a … [Read more...]

Watson Falls

Dropping 293 feet, Watson Falls is the highest waterfall in Southwestern Oregon. We visited the waterfall at the end of our annual BFF camping weekend along the North Umpqua River this summer. Prior to our trip, I had seen some spectacular pictures of the near-by Toketee Falls, but I did not know much about Watson Falls and I was pleasantly surprised by what we found. Access to the waterfall trail head is conveniently located just off Highway 138. From the parking lot, the trail climbs .4 … [Read more...]

Toketee Falls

When my friend and I started planning our camping trip up the North Umpqua River earlier this month, I knew one thing – I wanted to see Toketee Falls. I’ve been captivated by this waterfall since the first time I saw a photograph of it. However, as we were walking in on the .4 mile trail, up and down a series of stairways, I worried that I would be disappointed – could the waterfall live up to the beautiful pictures I had seen of it? In short, Yes. The beauty of Toketee Falls cannot be … [Read more...]

Reustle — Prayer Rock Vineyards Winery: Roseburg

I love touring our Oregon wineries, not only because I like tasting the wines but also because I like exploring the back roads and out-of-the way areas where they are located. Over the years, we’ve seen much of western Oregon this way, even the more widely visited wineries outside of our major towns (Portland, Salem, and Eugene) are usually on rural back roads. One time, many years ago, while doing our Thanksgiving weekend wine tour west of Salem we even saw a tree farm harvesting Christmas … [Read more...]