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North America » United States » Oregon September 17th 2013

SALEM TO WALDPORT Our drive today took us down 99W through Monmouth and Corvallis, university towns – then west out to Newport where we joined Hwy 101 again and followed the coast. What a beautiful day it was to be driving down the Oregon coast. There are so many places to pull off the road and enjoy breath taking views. One pullout had enough space for our rig so we stopped right above the beach, took out our chairs and ate lunch on the edge of the cliff overlooking the ocean. We decided to stop at Beachside State Park and take our chances at getting a camping spot. This is one of the older State Parks but it is right on the beach. We were fortunate to get the last space big ... read more
 Great place for lunch
 Cormorants resting on a sunny rock
 Pelican Rock

North America » United States » Oregon September 14th 2013

These next three lighthouses we will bypass this trip since we visited them just three months ago and have the pictures to post. This weekend we are in Salem OR in the Premier Resort RV court so we can catch up on our family here as well as other important things like football, internet access, laundry, shopping etc.!!! CAPE MEARES LIGHTHOUSE. Located west of Tillamook this lighthouse stands 217 ft. above the ocean, yet its tower is the shortest on the Oregon coast, just 39 ft. First commissioned in 1890, it is no longer in service. The lighthouse still contains the original Fresnel lens. YAQUINA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE Just 3 miles north of Newport, OR, this lighthouse stands 162 ft. above sea level. Its 93-foot-tower is the tallest on the Oregon Coast. First commissioned in 1873, today ... read more
 Cape Meares Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
 Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

North America » United States » Oregon » Cannon Beach September 12th 2013

This morning we woke to a covering of sea mist which usually means not a good day for pictures. However, by the time we reached Ecola State Park the mist had cleared enough to add interesting effects to the pictures. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, located 1.2 miles seaward off Tillamook Head, can be viewed from Ecola State Park. The rock has a 62 ft. high tower and stands 133 ft. above sea level. Its exposure to fierce storm waves gave it the nickname “Terrible Tilly”. Originally commissioned in 1881 to guide vessels into the Columbia River, it has now been replaced by a whistle buoy. It is the only privately owned lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. There is no public access to Tillamook Rock. Views from Ecola State Park over the beach to Haystack Rock are always ... read more
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach from Ecola lookout

North America » United States » Oregon September 11th 2013

FORT STEVENS STATE PARK The Fort Stevens Military Reservation guarded the mouth of the Columbia River from the Civil War through World War 2. The park has more than five miles of hiking trails and seven miles of paved bike paths. Here you will find every level of camping from tent sites, full hook-up RV sites, Yurts, and deluxe cabins (added just three years ago) and there is much to see and do. Astoria is historically important as the first permanent American settlement west of the Mississippi. Much of the history of the area is recorded in the local Museums and Forts. Coffenbury Lake, a fresh water lake, provides visitors with fresh water trout fishing, boating and a safe swimming area. Miles of beach can be explored or viewed from observation towers. There is something for ... read more
 Fort Stevens State Park
 Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens State Park

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake August 29th 2013

I think we mentioned before that we prefer not to travel the Interstate Highways, and instead try to find nice scenic routes along secondary roads. By traveling this way, it takes us longer to get to our destination, but we have some interesting experiences. Traveling this way also means that the Liberty Hot Spot we purchased from Roam Mobility in order to have WIFI anywhere along the way without exorbitant roaming charges, was not as helpful as expected. On main routes, we could connect to the internet while driving down the road. On side roads, not so much. The jury is out on its usefulness given our preferred travel routes. They don’t seem to have an agreement with AT&T, which has had cell service just about everywhere so far. Leaving Madras, Oregon we carried on through ... read more
Stream at Crater Lake Resort
Duck Family
Stream at Crater Lake Resort

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North America » United States » Oregon August 23rd 2013

After 9 months of planning it is almost time to leave for our six weeks in Europe. Nothing left but the packing...... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Ontario August 14th 2013

August 14, 2013 Wednesday Travel to Fruitland, Idaho today, goodbye Oregon. At 10 a.m. it’s all ready 75 degrees, but low humidity. We lose an hour today. Haha, we pass through a town called Brothers on the way. First there’s Sisters, now Brothers. Passed an enticing sign: Antelope - $495.00. Hmmm, maybe we should buy some to take home. Oh, but there’s no delivery! Scratch that! No highway driving today today, all good back roads though. Seeing few towns or cities, lots of mesas, hills, and high desert country. At 1:30 we set our watches ahead to 2:30 MDT. Passing lots of ranches with sheep, cows, horses, goats, cattle on a thousand hills… Fields of corn, onions, and chard. 4 P.M., welcome to Idaho. 96 degrees at 4:30, yikes. August 15, 2013 Thursday A catch up ... read more
How Many Have Seen This Sign at a Rest Area???
As You Can See Brothers didn't go Beyond the Rest Area...lol
Arrived "Neat Retreat CG" Lots of Shade and needed with almost 100 temp

North America » United States » Oregon » La Pine August 13th 2013

August 13, 2013 Tuesday Wow, 37 degrees last night, right chilly this morning. Left the campground to see Lava Butte, a cinder cone volcano in Lava Lands. We drove up to the top and could look down into the caldera and were able to walk around the caldera, very interesting to do that, quite a drop down into it. Only 8 cars at a time are given limited access to the top and a time of ½ hour at the top. Then drove to Bend to try and see Bob and Mary Nelson’s granddaughter. She works in the Old Mill, an absolutely beautiful shopping development with the Deschutes River running by, covered today with standing surfers, tubers and kayakers. See Blog Pics. We located ‘Hannah’ where she’s a Manager at Vanilla Urban Threads. What a delightful ... read more
From On Top Looking West to Mt. Bachelor
Looking into the Caldera
Trail Around the Caldera

North America » United States » Oregon » La Pine August 12th 2013

August 11, 2013 - Sunday Watched part of the GBC live streaming in the trailer and then the rest of it in the truck on the way – until we lost the internet in the Coastal Mountain Range. On the way to LaPine SP; it was 57 degrees when we left Newport at 8:30 a.m. The weather changed drastically when we left the Coastal Range and got into the Cascade Mtn. Range. Blue skies, puffy, white clouds and a bit higher temperature. The high was only 74 for the day though. Out came the short sleeves! Made a stop in Sisters, Oregon to experience this quaint, busy town and to view ‘The Sisters’, large lava mountains all standing close together – just like sisters would do. They were covered in snow. In the town there were ... read more
Nice Town
Sisters Shop
Sisters Shop - Yes Real

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon August 10th 2013

2013 USA and Canada Golfing Holiday - Hi from the retirees 21 July - had a great trip with Qantas to Los Angeles. The A380 Airbus was fitted out with a SkyCam Camera. It was kind of freaky watching our own plane take off and land - Leanne was checking carefully that the pilot had it lined up with the white line - not that she could do anything about it if it was off target. It turned out to be our fastest flight to LA thanks to two on board medical emergencies which resulted in a priority landing – straight in, no circling and the paramedics and fire dept were waiting on the ground. We landed 45 minutes earlier than scheduled – so they weren’t messing around. Lauren, QANTAS was awesome with the GF food. ... read more
Graham's new wine estate in Napa
Domaine Carneros - Napa Valley
The Giant Redwood Highway




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