From the Frigid Coast to the Scalding Valley to the Balmy High Desert

After a restless night’s sleep, post skunk encounter, we found our way to the Mendocino Hotel for an outdoor breakfast of eggs florentine and huevos rancheros.


After checking out of the tower we visited the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (anything to be surrounded by a sweet aroma) for one last wonderful walk along the ocean.

Our day started in refreshingly cool Mendocino (60 degrees) and ended in blisteringly hot Redding (110 degrees).  Fortunately Redding was just an overnight stop, so we holed-up in our nice cool air-conditioned room at the TownePlace Suites, and other than a couple of very quick poop walks, managed to completely avoid the heat.



Wilma found that sweet spot where the air conditioner blows just the right amount!

Needless to say, we got up very early and skedaddled out-of-town before the temps hit triple digits.  And we were very grateful to arrive in the cooler environs of the Medford / Jacksonville, Oregon area by lunchtime.

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View of Mt. Shasta from Hwy 5 North of Redding

Robin found a local burger joint called Jasper’s Cafe in Medford, known for its unique burgers and lawn seating….perfect!


Wilma eyeing Robin’s Coconut Milkshake


I had the Johnny Ringo Burger (fried egg, jalapenos, onions, pepper jack cheese, Kobe beef patty, on a bed of chili cheese fritos!) and Robin had a Reuben.

Stuffed…..we made our way to the Magnolia Inn B&B in nearby Jacksonville, Oregon.


Jacksonville is a very charming little town known for its Main Street complete with functional turn of the century buildings.  We enjoyed walking the streets, and the Inn was lovely, but the three of us had a very long night trying to sleep in a full size bed!

Thursday we had a really nice scenic drive to Bend, Oregon.

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We came across Elk Lake Resort and stopped for lunch.  Wilma wanted to swim so badly!

Bend is a very popular vacation destination for many of our acquaintances in Northern California, and another place we have talked about visiting for decades.  Located in the high desert of central Oregon, Bend sits on the Deshutes River and is mostly known for it’s year-round outdoor recreational activities, beautiful vistas, and breweries (Deshutes Brewery’s Mirror Pond Pale Ale is my favorite).  What’s not to like about that!


Robin and Wilma on one of the pedestrian bridges crossing the Deschutes River

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View of Mt Bachelor and the 3 sisters from the Old Mill Shopping District

We are renting a great townhouse adjacent to the Old Mill District (with a great big California King) and are looking forward to a couple of days of enjoying Bend!


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1 Response to From the Frigid Coast to the Scalding Valley to the Balmy High Desert

  1. Shiera Brady says:

    Seriously, I do not know how you are not 400 lbs! While you were eating yummy food, we passed you southbound on I5 making our way back from Portland, OR! We were rafting the Snake River last week. Back in Danville doing laundry and repacking for the next adventure–2 weeks sailing north from Ft. Lauderdale to Chesapeake Bay. Learning lots and having great fun. Almost confiscated an 11-week golden retriever puppy we met in OR…that hole definitely needs to be filled. Please let Wilma know she is welcome to be a boat dog anytime! Big hugs to all of you, especially my favorite girl:) Safe and fun journey! -shiera

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