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!

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

101 things…in Gold Beach – Gold Beach Books

101 things to be thankful for in Gold Beach I give you # 7

Gold Beach Books

It is the largest book store on the Oregon Coast, you'll find 50,000 volumes of new and forgotten lore in Gold Beach Oregon. Sip, Read, & Browse in the Biscuit Coffeehouse and Art Gallery. I visited it today after doing a little shopping at McKay's Market. I couldn't resist stopping in and I was glad that I did.My first impression brought back memories of the movie starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks – You Got Mail – it reminded of the book shop that Meg's character owned only it much much larger. What reminded of the shop in the movie was the nostalgic charm and the feeling that it was a friendly place to view many literary and artistic treasures. I love Amazon's convenience and Barnes and Nobles' , but this book store is truly special and one of a kind. the people are super friendly too.














I found some great novels about the old west by author Zane Grey, some wonderful paintings from local artists a very reasonable prices, a treasure of rare used books, a Gourmet coffee and Biscuit bar where folks gathered to discuss politics and literature.

 It was really great! Here are some photos I took while there and a movie from You Tube that will fill you in on the rest. I could easily spend a day there and come back time and time again. I am sure each time tht I would experience another amazing find.

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101 Things to be Thankful For in Gold Beach # 5

101 Things to be Thankful For in Gold Beach # 5 – Agate Hunting

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Gold Beach Blue Agate

For those big city dwellers (like me – former Jersey Girl – turned So. California transplant – turned part-time Gold Beach Resident) who are unfamiliar with wildlife in Southern Oregon, hunting agates does not require a bow and arrow or a rifle. (a little cabin fever humor here – I have been indoors for almost 24 hours waiting for John to return from his fishing expedition).

Anyway back to the agates… they are a member of the quartz family of minerals. They are centuries old and can be polished to a high gloss. They are perfect for making handmade jewelry especially  wire-wrapped rings (one of my favorite activities) because they are very hard stones. Here are some tips to consider before you begin your Agate hunt:

1. A site where you can learn more about how to identify them. Go to 4facets.com

2. Start at the beach just north of he north Rogue River jetty

3. The best time to hunt is following high tides and or a storm

4. Most agates will be found in the gravel among larger stones, furthest from the surf line.



101 Things to be Thankful For in Gold Beach – still counting

# 4 View From Hilltop House

I woke up this morning about half past 6:00 and took this picture from my studio window:

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Pictured here: Patterson Memorial Bridge from the studio window of Hilltop house in Gold Beach


Photo Credit: Lindsey Baker


A little history about the bridge: it was designed by Conde B. Mcullough and re-dedicated to Governor Isaac Lee Paterson, after a $20 Million dollar rehabilitation in June of 2006. The original construction of the bridge was completed in 1932 and ironically the bridge is 1,932 feet long. The structure replaced ferries that were used to transport both people and vehicles across the river. The river pictured here is the historic Rogue River and not visible in this picture, but visible from Hilltop House from the many points of the spectacular 1,000 feet of decking is the mouth of the pacific ocean.

Lighting which frames the bridges arches on the west side was installed in 2005. I will take another picture to post tonight – Thanksgiving Day 2010 – showing the spectacular beauty at night. I also took a photothat show the house from the bridge — it's really something for John and I to be thankful for…So please come back soon.

Gold Beach – 101 things to be thankful for – continued

Things to be thankful for in Gold Beach – continued:

# 3 Rollin in Dough Bistro

Well it's Thanksgiving morning and I woke up to a cup of delicious gourmet coffee and homemade chocolate croissant that I purchased yesterday at the Rollin in Dough Bistro in Gold Beach. Check out this lovely little slice of heaven pictured below, where we had a delicious bowl of tomato bisque and a crispy croissant, coupled with a glass of Rodney Strong Merlot.

We had just stopped in to see if they were catering Thanksgiving dinner since we decided to stay in at last minute. They weren't, but directed us to the Bridge Restaurant another great watering hole and fine dining eatery; (more on that in a later post) but the food was so tempting that we just had to sat down for an impromptu lunch and chat with the other patrons.

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It was definitely worth the detour and when in Gold Beach I recommend that you stop in for breakfast or lunch. But don't just take my word for it — check out the reviews by clicking here Rollin in Dough Bistro Reviews

Note: This post is an unsolicited and non-compensated review created by the Hilltop House Vacations Blogger – Lindsey Baker for the sole purpose of sharing my experiences in Gold Beach and the surrounding area of the Southern Oregon Coast.