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I moved my family to this area in 2003, moved away in 2012 and moved to Brookings two years ago. I recently drove Highway 199 from Grants Pass in the evening, about two hours before sunset on a sunny day. I was amazed at the beauty of the canyon and was reminded of why I moved my family here in the first place! 

Driving the canyon at this time of day, the sun stays just barely behind the mountains so it’s literally “dusk” for the whole drive as you chase the sun. The long shadows, the trees, the walls of the canyon – wow! Highway 197 gives you views of the river as you go … gorgeous! I hit Highway 101 from Highway 197 just 20 minutes before sunset and the bright low sun popped out to greet me after miles of dappled shade … and enjoyed glimpses of the sunset as I drove through Smith River and on to Brookings … also incredibly beautiful at that time of day!  

What a beautiful place we live! I highly recommend taking this drive at this time.  So, get off your couch and make the drive. Go slow, it’s hardly any effort at all and COVID friendly! Traffic was really light for me, but if there is traffic, just pull over at any of the many scenic spots and take five. Behind an RV? Another reason to go even slower or pull over for five and enjoy.  

Oh, and roll down your windows. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

 

 


Driving the canyon at this time of day, the sun stays just barely behind the mountains so it’s literally “dusk” for the whole drive as you chase the sun. The long shadows, the trees, the walls of the canyon – wow! Highway 197 gives you views of the river as you go … gorgeous! I hit Highway 101 from Highway 197 just 20 minutes before sunset and the bright low sun popped out to greet me after miles of dappled shade … and enjoyed glimpses of the sunset as I drove through Smith River and on to Brookings … also incredibly beautiful at that time of day!  

What a beautiful place we live! I highly recommend taking this drive at this time.  So, get off your couch and make the drive. Go slow, it’s hardly any effort at all and COVID friendly! Traffic was really light for me, but if there is traffic, just pull over at any of the many scenic spots and take five. Behind an RV? Another reason to go even slower or pull over for five and enjoy.  

Oh, and roll down your windows. You’ll be glad you did. 
 
Cheryl Collier, Brookings 

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