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McKenzie Pass to Sunset Bay State park near Coos Bay

We woke up to the sounds of rain on the skylights which then gave way to light drizzle for the rest of the morning.

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Cup of coffee, feed and walk the dogs then we hit the road.
We headed towards McKenzie Bridge and the McKenzie river then on down to Eugene.

As we were driving along the McKenzie river we started looking for a spot to have a spot of breakfast and I spied a picnic area in the trees on a side road by the river

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After eating I noticed a sign on a tree. High Crime Area, vehicles broken into leave no valuables. Area under video surveillance....nice

The drive down the along the river was quite nice

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Our original plan was to hit Eugene and go south on I 5 to hwy 38 and west on the Umpqua hwy to 101 on the coast but as we reached 38 there was a message sign saying there was a fatal accident on a bridge and the road was closed so we spun a u turn and went back to Eugene then West on 126 to Florence and US 101. The section along the Suislaw River was really nice with some great bridges and lots of folks on small skiffs fishing for Salmon

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I kind of lost track of which bridge went over which river as we headed down the coast but the views were great and the bridgework intriguing

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Coos Bay Harbor, boats and mega spaces for RV's both hook ups and dry camping

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After a long day we reached Sunset Bay State Park. For your fee you got Electric and Water, flat tarmac to park on and a Picnic table, You had to drive down the road to another park to use their dump station. I can't believe I did not take a picture of us and 100 of our closest strangers ;-) But the park did provide one of the nicer hikes of the trip.

We headed out of the campground following the White rabbit into the hole

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and over to the beach


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then we took the trail to the top of the cliffs

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The views...just so awesome

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Great Blue Heron

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Cormorants

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Kozmo has some strained tendons in his left front paw so I portaged hime over the rougher sections of trail

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All in all it was a great 3 hour hike

After spending the night we headed south along the coast to California and Prairie creek Redwoods State Park where we would run into Bull Elk in full rut. More on that in part 4


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Wow, some great geology in those photos. We usually stay up the coast more at South Beach near Newport, but I may have to check that one out!


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[emoticon] [emoticon] I love that country and we're planning on settling around Bandon when we decide to buy a S&B. The bridge that was intriguing to you......my Great Uncle was the engineer for that one. I don't know for sure which it is, but he worked on a number of the bridges. The workmanship is something we'll never see again.


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The bridge looked like the one in Florence going over to South Jetty.

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Fabulous scenery, the first place you camped looked deserted. Bucket list material here for sure.

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Thanks for your postings, brings back good memories [emoticon]

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Buzzcut1 wrote:

Kozmo has some strained tendons in his left front paw so I portaged him over the rougher sections of trail

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Had you planned on packing him? Reminds me of our last hike with our 100 lb Golden Lab/Retriever cross. I didn't plan on having to carry him, though. Kozmo looks as if he is enjoying the hike.


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BeatCJ wrote:

Buzzcut1 wrote:

Kozmo has some strained tendons in his left front paw so I portaged him over the rougher sections of trail

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Had you planned on packing him? Reminds me of our last hike with our 100 lb Golden Lab/Retriever cross. I didn't plan on having to carry him, though. Kozmo looks as if he is enjoying the hike.


It was planned. He is fine on most surfaces but he can hurt his leg on rocky or root crossed downhills. too much stress on the front tendons of the left leg so we bring the pack to carry him through those areas. He thinks its a hoot.

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Did you go to Shore Acres park a mile up the road? It has beautiful overlooks & a Botanical garden. After thanksgiving until New Years they light up the garden with thousands of light displays.


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Buzz:
Great TR! We thoroughly enjoyed every picture! Nice job!
Thanks,
Bob & Cathy


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