Monday, November 30, 2009

Big Blue Campsite Review: Natural Bridge Campground Near Prospect, Oregon

At this point in our trip, we were getting less "city" and more "country" in our journey. Having left Medford bound for Crater Lake, we stopped for the night at the Natural Bridge Campground near Prospect, Oregon. We rolled in late and found a spot right along the Upper Rogue River. The campground has a few sites right along the river and those seem to be the first to go as there was only 2 other campers and they had set up right along the river as well.

The river spots are rewarding, though, as we explored the next morning.

The sites were clean and the place was perfect for the time we were there.

The cool thing about the Natural Bridge campout, is the Natural Bridge. There is a spot where the Rogue River disappears under the ground for a short distance. There is a very short and easy hike to go back to see it. It's pretty cool.

Down the road a little further, another park has a trail back to a "gorge". It's not huge, but it is pretty cool and worth the short hike back to it. Kinda looks like a Bob Ross painting.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hall of Shame - Pink Lady - January 1990, Hot VWs magazine

I will let the "Pink Lady" do all the talking for herself:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

We're huge in Japan.

Not sure what this site is, but they linked to us last week and suddenly, we had a rather large amount of visitors from Japan.

Anyone know what it says? (the site is here:

Friday, November 27, 2009

VW Camper Family

For those of you who aren't a member of the VW Camper Family forum, you should consider joining. I try to keep people updated here with what's going on, but there are a lot of last-minute camping that goes on, and most of it is communicated through the VW Camper Family. You can get to it by clicking the "Camp Chat" link at the top of this page. Or you can visit:

If you like to camp with VWs, there's really no reason why you shouldn't check the group out.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Big Blue Visits: Medford, OR

We had been circling Medford for too long not to be drawn into it. We ducked to the south in wine country, got caught up in Grants Pass antique stores to the west and finally turned the nose of Big Blue toward the food goodies that Medford promises.

Our first stop was still west of Medford, at the Del Rio Vineyard and Winery. It was a incredibly friendly place with both nice patrons and employees. We weren't there long before we were getting advice on other places to stop and discount passes to other wineries in the area. They offered to take our picture together which we rarely get on vacation, and the wine was excellent. We purchased some to enjoy on the trip as well as some to take back to California.

Back on the road, we drove off the glasses of wine to the long, slow solos of some Grateful Dead shows I had brought along. The sun was bright - that bright winter sun that floods your face but you fight to get warmth from. Our next stop was one that had been recommended at numerous stops and we were giddy about trying - The Rogue Creamery.

Inside the creamery awaited delights that would satisfy anyone were price not an option. We were quickly learning that all of the good wine, cheese and beer we brought from California was just dead weight. A note to all people going to southern Oregon: no need to bring the small luxuries, that's what shops like the Rogue Creamery are for.

We were sold on some $25 blue cheese and a couple t-shirts. I managed to skip out of the beer aisle knowing I had enough Pabst to last me the entire vacation in the cooler.

Rogue Brewery at the Rogue Creamery.

How could you not love it?

We continued on to downtown Medford - which looked increasingly tough and increasingly worn. It wasn't trashy or dirty, but it felt like the type of place that people may have chronic down-on-their-luck issues. We hit an antique store that was having huge sales (apparently, October is the time to hit antique shops as all of them seemed to be having sales).

These 2 bugs were on a lot downtown Medford:

And this one...

A Mug VW!

Big Blue: Urban Saint.

Our last stop in the area was to the northeast of town at a vineyard/orchard/winemaker by the name of RoxyAnn Winery. What used to be an orchard, then a vineyard, turned into a winery and sells and pours both their and other local wines. It's actually a great tasting room that has a little of everything to offer (we bought a pumpkin here that we would carve later in the trip). With their diverse selection, this place was a excellent place to hit last before leaving Medford. We loaded up on some good stuff...

EP diggin' the tasting room.

We left Medford waving as the sun set behind us. We were headed north but loaded down with the bounty that Medford can offer. Sun, wine, good cheese, good VW bus and good company - the vacation was starting to really set in...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Big Blue (sort of) Visits: The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery

I wish I could share really cool stories about The Oregon Vortex, which is just west of Medford, Oregon. All that really happened for us was we missed the tour. And the you can't go into the vortex alone. I guess because you might never come back out of the vortex? We did get a free bumper sticker for our trouble. Alas, next time we will plan better.

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