October 4 and 5
From Corvallis we drove to the Oregon Coast town of Florence, turned left and started down Highway 101 South. We traveled parts of it before and it's beautiful. But it's also curvy, bumpy, and something we just might not do again in the motorhome.
First stop was Coos Bay, Oregon, the largest city on the Oregon coast with around 16,000 people.
Our tow car battery was dead again when we got to our RV Park. I called AAA for the second time this trip; the customer service rep (who later told me he was in Arizona) thought "Coos Bay" was a pretty weird name. Originally known as Marshfield, the city gets it name from the Coos Indians, one of several area tribes.
Coos Bay looked a little economically depressed to us. Maybe it was the fact that it rained pretty much constantly the one full day we were there. Or maybe it was because we were just off a very active week with family and in Corvallis, and needed a "down time" stop. Sorry, Coos Bay. We probably gave you short shrift.
|Some ships seen in downtown Coos Bay. Coos Bay was historically a ship building and lumber center. But per the web, forest products (isn't that lumber?) tourism, fishing and agriculture now dominate the Coos County economy.|