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Monday, October 5, 2009

Groves, hatcheries and other surprises on the highway.



U.S. 101 or the Coast Highway travels N-S the entire West Coast of the United States.  In Oregon, the highway is rugged, a slow two-laner, the Pacific on the West, the Coast Range on the right.  At times, and for many miles there are no lights, no towns, no habitation. Forests of Redwood,Douglas and this one, Myrtlewood, will stretch as far as the eyes can see. If you get off the highway, you'll run into old hatcheries like this one.

This stream is by Humbug Mountain, just south of Port Orford, easily forded in many places, and sometimes rerouted by beavers as it happened in the foto above.

All over the coast, Myrtlewood shops display many products made with the Myrtlewood, a cousin of bay laurel.  Myrtlewood is a majestic tree, evergreen in these parts, with a distinctive perfume.   

23 comments:

Bogey said...

I love the name of the mountain. It is...well...so me. I may never get a chance to visit Oregon, so I am very grateful that you have shared so much of it.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Good guess, you have been around long enough to know me... thanks!

Fire Byrd said...

I've driven down route 101 from San Fransisco to LA many years ago, lovely to see other parts of it, it is a fantastic journey.
xx

Fire Byrd said...

I have three blogs and firebyrd is still the one I write most days the others not.

Ribbon said...

Hi Rosaria..
not knowing at all the area you are speaking about I'm a little confused about the hatcheries....

are they just along side the road?
what kind of fish would have been there?

I want to know more :)
Remember that a lot of us haven't been to the US and live in very different environments.

The photos are beautiful :)

best wishes
Ribbon

Beth said...

Amazing how different our corners of the world can be. I've never heard of myrtlewood before - so now, I've learned something today.

The Things We Carried said...

Ah, that explains the Humbug!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Okay, I'm homesick again.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Fantastic photos, esp. that first one. Angled, topsy turvy. You live in a strange paradise!

Monkey Man said...

I had forgotten that stretch of 101. Thanks for the reminder and the pics.

Snowbrush said...

I enjoyed the photos. We haven't been to the coast once this whole year due to my health problems.

karen said...

Lovely and evocative!It makes me want to walk along in the forests, breathing that gorgeous sounding scent of Myrtlewood!

Shadow said...

thanks for the peak into your world.

the walking man said...

I truly enjoyed that particular section of the 101. Memories still linger of it after all this time.

Dave King said...

Very green-eye-making. Want to be there!

NitWit1 said...

I love the tour to a part of our majestic country that I will probably never see! That makes blogging wonderful.

Angela Recada said...

The Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite places. Thanks for this glimpse of one of the many treasures to be found just off the beaten path.

janis said...

Oh yes! So lovely! I do appreciate you taking us on tour :)

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Love,
Carrie

Sandi McBride said...

Wow, Humbug, an actual place...an entire mountain, at that...I love it! I've always heard of the beauty of Oregon...thanks for bringing it to life
Sandi

Brian Miller said...

i have bah humbugged a few times so maybe a visit is worth it. lol. a bautiful glimpse.

Woman in a Window said...

See? You are balancing my preoccupation with the death of old ways...locally made products, local fisheries...I hear you, Rosaria, it's just the echo of the rest of the world that trips me up sometimes.

My mother worked at a fishery on Manitoulin Island before I was born. I imagine her there dark and thin, in a building smelling of fish, with the rest of her life before her. Happy times...before the unhappy interjected.

(Sorry, I'm morose this morning, with a dash of half asleep.)
xo
erin

Eva Gallant said...

Wow, we just drove down 101 from Washington to San Francisco, California! We had lunch in Port Orford or at least drove through!