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Just a few minutes from Timber Valley RV Park is one of Oregon’s treasures … the Rochester Bridge with its charming gothic portals.

Douglas County — Land of Umpqua

The landscape changed abruptly when we drove into Douglas County … it seemed dry, brown, and economically depressed. Our impression was validated when we learned that Douglas County has the highest unemployment in the country. What ever its economic state, Douglas County is known as the Land of Umpqua. The word Umpqua is literally used to describe everything from hardware stores to ice cream. Speaking of ice cream … we dare anyone to taste the locally produced Umpqua Ice Cream, and not proclaim it to be the best in the universe.

We spent a partial day driving alongside the emerald green waters of the Umpqua Wild and Scenic River. Like a cover of Fisherman’s Quarterly, fly fishermen lined the banks of this world renowned fishing spot for steelhead trout … a noble fish who like salmon journey from the sea inland to spawn.

We were anxious to see Colliding Rivers … a unique geologic phenomenon where the North Umpqua River and Little River collide. The word collide had us envisioning a thunderous spectacle of waves of whitewater crashing together. Imagine our disappointment when we found that because the water level was down the drama of the colliding rivers was so subtle as to be nonexistent.

Couldn’t resist stopping for a cup of java and pie at the Steamboat Inn … a bit of rustic chic on the banks of Umpqua River. Most tables have views of the manicured gardens that led to the rivers edge.

Our home base while in Douglas Country was Timber Valley, an Escapees Co-Op Park. A green oasis in the center of the dumpy little town of Sutherlin.

A lush landscape that includes roaming deer and a creek that meanders along its boarder gives the Timber Valley Park a welcoming and peaceful ambience. We really enjoyed our stay …especially since the friendly residents staked us to our first game of Po-Keno.

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