"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." ~ Lao Tzu
Parque Natural Mexiquillo
My brother has retired form 28 years of winemaking with the likes of Mosaic, deLorimier, Belvedere and Krug. Today he peruses a less hectic path of crushing only one ton of zinfandel grapes for his personal pleasure.
One half ton of grapes in each bin
Checking the temperature
Checking the sugar levels
And the taste test
The fermentation process naturally produces an insulating CO2 layer which Don is fortifying with dry ice.
This time I did the 52 mile trip up to Blossom Bar Rapid. This is the longest and most exciting run on the river. The jet boats can run in as little as 8 or 10 inches of water. The captain will maneuver within inches of boulders at a hight speed. Very exhilarating.
The Wedderbuirn Bridge at Gold Beach
Getting all your ducks in a row
Fish and Game sampling the fish population
Wild mink hunting for dinner
Spinnig brodies on the river. Great fun
River otter out hunting. He has a nasty head wound.
A bouncy ride
A tenacious tree growing out of this rock spire
This is Blossom Bar rapid. The river is choked with boulders and progress upstream is impossible. When I used to raft the Rouge from Grants Pass, this was the most difficult rapid to run.
You will find the amazing Washed Ashore Project in bandon, OR. "Washed Ashore builds and exhibits aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habits."
Not to be missed if you are traveling the Oregon coast.
Shore Acres began life as the summer mansion of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson. The grounds showcased five acres of formal gardens planted with trees, shrubs and flowering plants from around the world.