Oregon Coast Bike Trip by Peter Q Brown

Oregon Coast Bike Trip from Peter Q Brown on Vimeo.

According to Mr Brown:

“This is a program about an unsupported bike touring trip I took from Bozeman, Montana to San Francisco, California in the fall of 2012. The bike touring trip was seven weeks long and covered about 1800 miles in total.

The content:

This part 2 program about the trip is really a sequential series of clips that help to capture the essence of this bike touring journey.

The route:

From Florence, Oregon, my bike touring route started south through Reedsport, Coos Bay, Bandon, Port Orford, Gold Beach, Brookings, and over the California border.

The sequel:

The upcoming movie Part 3 will cover the bike touring journey south along the coast to San Francisco.”

Blogger’s Notes:

I really enjoyed watching this video; it features a lot of wonderful attractions along the Southern Oregon coast and it certainly made me want to slow down and engage in an activity (camping and bike tours) that modern day man has completely lost touch with.


Amazing Footage of the Scenic Rogue River by Timothy Linn

I want to be sure to credit photographer Timothy Linn for this awesome video you can read his full blog post below.

The Wild & Scenic Rogue River: Gold Beach, Oregon from t.linn on Vimeo.

Linn writes:The ride up Oregon’s wild and scenic Rogue River is one of them. The 104 mile round trip up the Rogue, one of the original eight rivers protected by the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, is half wildlife safari and half amusement park ride. This video focuses on the latter. It was shot using a Canon PowerShot S95 in an underwater housing.

The video only hints at the amount of wildlife that can be seen in and along the river. On this trip we saw Canada geese, harbor seals, dozens of turkey vultures, ospreys everywhere, several bald eagles, herons, three bears, a number of river otters including one that was eating a lamprey for lunch, and a deer with a couple spotted fawns. Because of this…continued
The full blog post that accompanies this video can be found at: blog.tlinn.com/1295/rogue-river-oregon/

©2011 Timothy Linn. All Rights Reserved.



From February-April glass floats are “hidden” on our beaches for visitors to discover and keep. Check in at the Visitor Center with your float and enter to win a monthly drawing.

Weather too Wild for beach hunting? That’s okay, our local merchants can help you find glass float treasures in their shops.

Stay tuned for our special Glass Floats page coming soon to learn more and plan your WILD spring time treasure hunt!

Original Blues Brothers Rocker Curtis Salgado Plays Smith River

Legendary blues performer Curtis Salgado (one of the original Blues Brothers and former lead singer for Santana) was in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Lucky 7 Casino’s new Tolowa Events Center. Tickets for concerts are typically $25 each and are available at the Lucky 7 Casino’s Players Club, or by phone at 707- 487-7777. For more information visit http://www.lucky7casino.com.

Salgado is a legend in blues circles as much for his unique blend of blues, soul, and R&B, as for being the man responsible for inspiring a bit of pop culture and music history. In October 1977, Salgado was a 25-year old singer and harmonica player performing at the Eugene Hotel lounge when John Belushi stopped by. In town filming the movie “Animal House,” the actor was looking for a laugh and found something else entirely – the inspiration for the now-iconic “Blues Brothers” characters.

“Sometimes when I think of the Belushi thing, and The Blues Brothers, I don’t know what to think,” says Curtis Salgado. “I get totally blown away.”

The Blues Brothers reintroduced blues to a whole new generation.

Pistol River Wave Bash

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Pistol River Wave Bash

I wanted to share this awesome event with you. If you are going to be in Gold Beach or in the near vicinity you must attend this event.

It takes place on June, 16 – 19, 2011 Pistol River Wave Bash Gold Beach, OR .

Introducing Trade Wind Event's break out 2011 American Windsurfing Tour. The infamous Pistol River Wave Bash becomes the second stop on the tour.

Here's what the Oregon windsurfing organization has to say about it:

"The 2011 Pistol River Wave Bash – People naturally tend to expect the next one to be even bigger and better and more widely attended than the last one. Better wind, bigger waves, more pros, more prizes, and live internet coverage? Well, expect away. Count on it even. Building on the momentum of last year’s event, look for even more support from the local town and the global industry. And of course, with that comes an even bigger pool of talent bringing it with the state of the windsurfing art."

For more informaton: http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/tour/pistol-river/

Local sponsors include:

Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Organization
Full Sail Brewing Company
Greenlayer Sports
Jerry's Rogue Jet
Pacific Reef


Geocaching In Gold Beach – Another Rewarding GB Experience

Geocaching in Gold Beach is a current promotion offered by the Gold Beach Visitor’s Center that continues through the end of April (www.geocaching.com & www.goldbeach.org). All you need for this ‘Hi-Tech Treasure Hunt’ is a GPS & a sense of adventure! Special geocaches with ‘Gold Beach GeoCoins’ have been added to the 300+ geocaches already located in the Gold Beach zip code. Return a ‘GeoCoin’ to the Gold Beach Visitor Center & enter to win monthly drawings. The ‘Grand Prize’ is a GPS valued at $450.00!!! Click on the geocaching site link above to find out more about current caches.

Unfamiliar with Geo Caching? Watch this video

Happy New Year From Bandon

It’s been a while since I posted mainly because of the holidays and family activities, but I wanted to post about a day trip I took with friends to Bandon. We took a ride up the coast from Hilltop House, the trip took less than an hour along the scenic hwy 101.

We arrived at Old Town Bandon and headed straight to the shops.    We visited the Second Street Gallery on of the 79 unique shops. I bought 3 Sergio Lub bracelets for myself, one for my mom and one my husband John. The bracelets are handmade and mde from solid silver, brass and copper. They have magnets in them that are supposed to help balance the energy forces in your body. The copper is said to help relieve swelling and pain caused by arthritis. In additon to that they are beautiful and can be worn all the time.

We also visited the Cranberry Sweets and More an amazing confection store with lots of free samples – yum! Then we headed to Lotus Grotto Gifts and I found a beautiful scarf that was hand-dyed silk in two shades of green for $15.00! The last stop was at  Tony’s Crab shack where we warmed ourselves on with clam chowder and a glass of wine.

It was a great trip and we all really enjoyed ourselves and came back with lots of goodies to share with John, who was waiting at Hilltop House with a fantastic dinner on the stove. We ate pasta with wild catch Salmon (John went fishing at Thanksgiving) marinara sauce, John’s famous Salmon cakes, a great big salad with all kinds of vegetables and for a little unreality check we watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the tube. For dessert we ate Marionberry Pie and vanilla ice cream. Nice way to start the year!