Tuesday, May 7, 2019

DESTINATION: Humbug Mountain and Gold Beach, Oregon

Leaving Cape Blanco we continued our journey south along the Oregon Coast towards Humbug Mountain and Gold Beach, Oregon.

Humbug Mountain seen from Highway 101

The beautiful Humbug Mountains falls off into the Pacific Ocean

We fell in love with the area around Humbug Mountain (elevation 1,756 feet) and drove into the campground to use the facilities and take a look around. We found out that the campground enjoys some of the warmest weather on the Oregon coast as the surrounding mountains offer protection from cool ocean breezes. Many visitors enjoy windsurfing and scuba diving. Hiking to the top of Humbug Mountain is a'so a major activity.

Located on scenic Highway 101, Gold beach is tucked in between the Pacific Ocean, the Rogue River, and the Siskiyou Mountains.  We would have loved to take a jet boat tour on the wild Rogue River but time did not permit that. Instead we chose to take a few photos of the wreck of the Mary D. Hume.
Highway 101 crossing the Rogue River

The derelict vessel 
Mary Duncan Hume is located on the south coast of the Rogue River, in the city of Gold Beach, Oregon, United States of America, at the same spot where she sank in 1985.  The Mary D. Hume was a steamboat built by R. D. Hume in 1881 for his cannery business.  The shipwreck is a relic from a long abandoned fishing and coastal culture in the area.
The wreck of the Mary D. Hume in the Rogue River

We spotted a couple of rogue sea lions sunning on docks along the Rogue River


After a quick look around Gold Beach we headed towards Brookings, Oregon, stopping at Arch Rocks along the way.

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