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Trip Report Oregon backroads trip report

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This past weekend I travelled with a group of friends to Southern Oregon.- started in Eugene We travelled south on I-5 to Oakland, an old historic town. The main street consists mostly of antique stores and our destination- Tollys Tavern and Soda Fountain. Tolly's is in an historic building, has a wonderful old time soda fountain and a great stop for lunch or dinner. After checking out the antique stores and lunch we headed down I-5 to Wolf Creek to our destination the Wolf Creek Inn. The Inn is a historic building, an old stage coach stop and is very warm and cozy, has a nice dining room. Many celebrities have stayed there in the past- Clark Gable, Jack London. The Innkeeper gave a tour and shared many interesting stories - including a few of the ghost stories. We never did see the ghost.

There is not much to do in town but relax and enjoy your time at the Inn. We did take a short drive to a ghost town where there are still several standing buildings including the old church which is open to visitors.


In the AM after a great breakfast at the Inn we headed down I-5 to Central Point Or where we met at the Lower Table Rock trail head. The trail is well marked, gravel -pretty steep, takes you to the top of a large, flat butte. Fabulous views of the Rogue Valley from the top, several snow capped mountains and fields of wild flowers. A beautiful spot. Once you get to the top, it is totally flat so meandered around looking at the flowers and enjoying the views.Had a lunch that was prepared for us at the Inn. Although it was only April, it was very warm and sunny. The hike is about 5 miles round trip with 800 ft elevation gain. Saw people of all ages on the trail.

Following the hike we headed back to Eugene but made a short stop at Gold Hill to see the House of Mystery Vortex. Another historical site- apparently first discovered by the Indians when they discovered their horses did not like to enter the area.
The tour guide demonstrates a variety of abnormal activities which are pretty interesting- and photographs with unexplained artifacts in the pics. Can't explain how it works, but it was interesting.

Headed back up I-5 to Eugene- great weekend. So as you are travelling I-5, consider a stop at one of these interesting stops instead of the quick drive by as many tourists do.

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