I went to visit
Southern Oregon with Joy during Fourth of July weekend in 2015.
We drove up to Medford on the first day, and we were able to stop in
Ashland and see the Shakespeare Festival. I was shocked at how
hot it can get in Southern Oregon. We had a night cap at the 4
Daughter's Irish Pub in Medford that night. I got my Jameson
Gold. Afterwards, we drove to the Oregon coast on the 4th of
July. The drive took us south to the Redwood Forests of Northern
California before we crossed back into Oregon. The drive up the
coast was very scenic and pleasant. The weather was nice
too. We stopped at several areas including Whales Head Beach,
Bandon, and Coos Bay. Along the way, we sampled some great
seafood. We watched the fireworks in Coos Bay, and then we went
to a local Indian casino to gamble. I was happy to see that they
had real casino games like Craps which the California Indian casinos do
The next day, we drove
to Winchester Bay to go on an ATV Adventure on the Oregon Dunes.
This was both our first times handling an ATV. They are hard to
drive on the sand, and Joy and I both got stuck at one point on the
sands. Once we figured out how to drive them, it was fun!
Afterwards, we went to an oyster farm in Winchester Bay for some
freshly shucked oysters. We drove to Florence next to have lunch
at Mo's. They are a great seafood restaurant built onto a river
near the ocean. The clam chowder was amazing! Then, we
headed back to Medford for the night. We were able to do some tax
free shopping in Medford since Oregon does not have any sales
tax. Before we left Medford, we tried a Southern Oregon staple
called Abby's Pizza. We liked it a lot also.