My wife and I are reasonably active 70+'ers. That means we can walk but not scramble over rocks, and a couple of miles at a time is good going.
We like mountains and their vistas, birds and wild animals, and coastal scenery. We prefer small places to stay that are not too expensive, preferring to spend our pensions on getting there rather than frills in 4* hotels.
We arrive in Portland on 5th July and hire a car with the idea that we would drive down the coast, cross over to Grants Pass, see Crater Lake and wander around the mountain roads moving generally northward.
We also will spend a day or so looking at the Columbia valley area Portland to Dalles.
Firstly: is this a reasonable programme having regard to timings? Can you recommend stops on route, viewpoints, "must sees" and any special eateries (preference is for "non-spicy" rather than "spicy")?
What is the most scenic way to cross from the 101 to Grants Pass? I don't mind twisty roads but looking at Google maps indicates that the road from Wedderburn to Agness and on (which seems to be the most direct)is surrounded by forest, which although OK is hardly likely to give any views on the drive. Or am I wrong?
Any help would be gratefully appreciated.