Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Myrtle Creek Scenic Drive and the Grants Pass Cavemen

Orinda noticed another scenic drive near us at Myrtle Creek, just a few miles north of Canyonville off of I5. Our travel on the other scenic drives in the area, as well as on I5 seen above, were great, so Rick figured why not?

 At first, the ride was great, but then the road got narrower and narrower, finally getting down to one lane. Hmmmm....

The GPS had the roads on it and when we moved from a state highway to the Bureau of Land Management road, Rick figured we might be in trouble. 

 While it is hard to see here, at the top of the hill shown here, the road turns to gravel and Rick decided that the Buick was not going to work as an ATV. So, he turned around and decided to head down to Grants Pass to do some shopping -- on paved highways!
As we came into Grants Pass, we noticed a couple of interesting signs -- featuring the Caveman. We were interested in learning a bit more.

 Right down the road, we found this great caveman statue at the Visitor Center and learned that the Caveman was the mascot for the town starting back in the 1920's as a tie in with the Oregon Caverns that are located about 50 miles away.

Today, we noticed several Caveman references and found that the the Grants Pass High School athletic teams are still known as the Cavemen. Pretty cool!

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