Thanks to a tip from Mona Liza, one day we hauled our bikes over to the Depot Street Bridge to ride a portion of the Rogue River Greenway. Still in its infancy, this trail system will eventually connect Grants Pass and Ashland via about 50 miles of walk/bike paths.
We rode a section of the Greenway trail from Depot Street Bridge to Valley of the Rogue State Park, with Interstate 5 on one side and the Rogue River on the other. It was pretty but the noise of the freeway was a constant companion. Valley of the Rogue State Park has some lovely, well separated campsites for any size rig if you don't mind the sound of the freeway for a brief stay.
|Depot Street Bridge|
We also did some short local hikes during our stay, including: Cathedral Hills and Dollar Mountain. Trails tend to be well shaded by madrone, manzanita, oak and mixed conifer forests.
|A slice of Grants Pass valley from Dollar Mountain.|
Grants Pass has a very, very good farmers market on Saturdays. Even though it's near the end of the growing season there were numerous produce stalls packed with end of summer tomatoes and peppers, plus squash and root veggies and greens galore. There was also a long row of crafters booths we did not even peruse. A very worthwhile stop if you are here on a Saturday.
|Rosie checks out our farmers market haul, including sweet corn picked up at an honor farmstand.|
We're staying just a few miles from the Applegate Wine Trail so it only made sense to drive the beautiful back roads one day and stop to check out at least one winery. Troon Vineyards is the most well known of the vineyards along this trail and we enjoyed a tasting and saw the last of the seasons grapes being picked.
|Zinfandel grapes at Troon Vineyard.|
On our last full day in town (today) we played disc golf on the wonderful course at Tom Pearce Park. This course has great variety: open meadows, shady treed sections, rocky areas, ditches and even a funky old dam that plays prominently in the course; all along the Rogue River. There were even old apple and pear trees on the course making me wonder if this was once an orchard. Oh, this is rare, they even had course maps available at the first tee!
|There was a little bit of fall color in the park.|
|For hole 16 you actually have to throw through this old dam!|
Tomorrow we move on in our slow Southward migration only about 40 miles to the Ashland area for a few days.