nothing about Grants Pass when I first arrived except it looked
like a good spot from which to explore the incredible Rogue River.
It's a nice sized town with a Super WalMart to sweeten the deal.
wanted to check out the whitewater rafting and jetboating fun, and
then discovered the Merlin-Galice road - then I was told I couldn't
miss seeing the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument. I knew I
didn't want to miss Wildlife Images, a rehabilitation and education
center for wounded wild animals, as well as Howling Acres, a nearby
sanctuary for wolves. So I decided to stay a month and see if their
visitors center was correct in its billing it as a "one of
the best places in western USA for whitewater adventures, forest
trails, and fly-fishing. A year 'round playground for outdoor enthusiasts
of every age." I
certainly wasn't bored during my stay here...
also said since then that if I had to choose a place to live from
all the places I've been (and I don't go back to Austin) that it
would be Grants Pass. The winter was mild, there was plenty to do
- close to Ashland, Medford, Crater Lake and all kinds of other
good Oregon stuff.