Friday, September 28, 2012 (Valley of the Rogue State Park, Rogue River, Oregon)

What an incredibly lazy morning we had today...and it was great!  It was noon by the time we were ready to head outside and get some exercise.  We had our runners on and we were going to get out for a good walk and explore the park trails.

But first we had to figure out how to get from the camping loops to the paths.  We saw a paved path and cut through an empty site and walked on it until we came to an information board with a map.  That’s where we discovered that there is a great bike path that follows the river for miles (our neighbour later told us that when finished, the path is going to stretch 50 miles between two communities)...we might have to offload our bikes and go for a ride.  But today we were walking so we followed the bike path for 15 minutes and then turned around.

Once back at the information board, we found the Riverside Trail, a hiking trail that follows the river somewhat closer to the river’s edge.  Although both the bike path and hiking trail follow the river, there is dense vegetation along the river edge so you only get glimpses of the river.  However, the hiking trail does have the occasional trail down the steep bank to the river.


We were back at the trailer by 1:00...a good hours walk and it felt great to get out for some exercise after all of the sitting, eating and drinking that we have done over the past couple of weeks.  I would love to have offloaded the bikes and gone for a long bike ride but it was just getting too hot out...I was sopping wet by the time we got back.  It was well into the 80’ we headed into the trailer where Steve had the air conditioner on...ahhh...

I spent the rest of the afternoon on the laptop researching routes towards southern Utah (and camping spots), answering emails, chatting to Chris on MSN...oh, and baking cookies (I tried a wheat-free chocolate chip recipe...they were a little dry, so I will have to adjust).  Steve was outside in the shade reading...for awhile, but eventually came in to cool down.

Just after 4:00 we went outside with our drinks.  Non-alcoholic beer and wine...we love our happy hours but have decided to cut back a bit on our alcohol intake—especially after our recent indulgences!  Steve really likes the O'Doul's Amber beer brother-in-law Don turned him onto...thanks Don.  Me...well, I haven't found a white wine replacement that I really like.  The one I am trying right now is okay but a little too sweet. We chased the shade (moving our chairs twice) for about an hour and then headed back inside.

We had a very “laid-back” enjoyable day...tomorrow, we would like to get out for another walk.  I’d love to off load the bikes and go for a long bike ride but since we are leaving Sunday, I had better get some laundry done.  Hmmm....we’ll see...

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