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.