By Cathy Deyo
A great day trip is a visit to the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base museum. It is four miles south of Cave Junction at the Illinois Valley Airport. It is an important part of southern Oregon history.
Our tour guide was a smokejumper at the base and shared a lot of information about the people, parachutes, sewing their own jumpsuits, gear, and many stories about the jumpers and how they got to the fires, fought the fires and walking out when the fire was out. The museum is in three buildings, and there are several planes on the runway. There are artifacts, pictures, and graphs to see.
We were the only two people there that morning and had an hour and a half tour. Visit www.siskiyousmokejumpermuseum.org for more information and a contact number, 541-441-4804, for a guided tour.