Summer Vacation

It is July 1st and our first month at Bowl and Pitcher / Riverside is complete so we are off on a month-long vacation. Our First stop is Yakima. Though we have passed through more than once, we have never spent any time here. The Yakima Elks Lodge has an RV park that is an easy drive from Spokane.

Did some shopping and then walked the grounds of a beautiful arboretum which is just a few miles from the Elks Lodge. We were really looking forward to cooler weather. Spokane and Yakima are hotter than Tucson. Soon we will be on Hoods Canal where we will probably exchange shorts for long pants.

Little Creek Casino Shelton WA

July 5th: Here we are on Hoods Canal and it’s much cooler. A good overnight stop.

Port Townsend Elks RV

July 6th: We will spend 3 nights here to see brother and sister-in-law in Port Ludlow and a few old friends in Sequim. Still enjoying cool marine air.

July 7th: 6 nights on the beach at Copalis, WA with John, Laura, Missy, and Jasmine. What a great time!

Tillamook Elks RV

Halfway through July and we are on our own again. We have 2 days here to find new things to see in the area.

Polk County Fairgrounds

We did not make reservations early enough to stay closer to Corvallis. But the fairgrounds here in Rickreall, OR are clean and quiet. Also they were close enough so we could see brother Stephen and sister Julie while we were here. We also found time to shop in Dallas and Independence, OR.

In Prineville at Crook County RV

On the afternoon of our arrival, 7/25, we did a driving tour of Prineville and purchased a few supplies. The next day we went to Bend. We couldn’t believe how much this whole area has grown. The population of Bend has exploded. When I was last here in the mid-’60s, it was a cowboy town of around 15k. Now it is a city of 106K! Exploring a little of Redmond took up our last day here.

It is July 28th and we are heading to our last vacation stop, Hood Park near the Tri-Cities. On the way north we stopped for a break at Shaniko and lunched at Maryhill Park in Washington.

Hood Park

We are spending 4 nights here relaxing before returning to Riverside for another month of camp hosting. We are beginning to plan our return to Tucson in September.

Sacajawea State Park

On our last day we toured this Washington state park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers and enjoyed the interpretive center there. Our little vacation has been blessed with family, good friends, and nearly perfect weather. We couldn’t ask for more.

Happy trails to you from your Random Rovers…

Heffy’s Gallery

I have never devoted a post to a business before, but when I stumbled upon this little shop on Highway 101, in Florence, Oregon I immediately new I had found an unsung gem.

More pictures, information, address and phone can be found at: https://heffysgallery.com/ My only regret is that I did not take a picture of Heffy’s bust carving of Jack Nicholson. It is iconic. You will just have to go and see it yourself.

Summer ’21 1st Installment

After missing last year, as did almost everyone else, we are on the road again. The plan is to spend a month in Spokane Washington, camp hosting at Riverside State Park and spending time with family, then taking a month off on the Pacific coast with stops to relatives here and there, and finally returning to Riverside for another month of hosting. Other than heading homeward after that we really have no plans maybe just randomly roving so we don’t know when we will get back to Tucson.

Dazzo's RV Site 15
Dazzo’s RV Site 15

Our first night was in Wikieup which is really just a wide spot in the road with a few convenience stores/gas stations and diners, but it is a simple one-night stop. While not particularly commodious, Dazzo’s Rv is suitably located and has many Joshua trees and large Saguaro cactus throughout the park. When we were leaving the next morning we learned that the gas station/convenience store/restaurant/gallery where we fueled up the night before had burned to the ground. We could still smell the smoke at the park. Sad news.

Site #4 St George Elks
Site #4 St George Elks

5/24/21 and 278 miles to St George, UT where we stayed at one of our favorite places the, Elks Lodge overlooking a golf course and beautiful red rock formations. Actually, St George is a fabulous destination in itself. The city which has many historically significant landmarks also has beautiful parks and hiking/biking trails. On this trip, we visited Brigham Young’s winter home and did a little shopping on our day off the road.

Lakeside RV Provo, UT
Lakeside RV Site H7, Provo, UT

5/26/21 and another 270 miles closer to Spokane. When we arrived at the Provo Elks Lodge there were no sights available so we spent the night at Lakeside RV which was very near the airport. We never did find the lake but the campground was OK for a night.

Bannock County Fairgrounds
Bannock County Fairgrounds

5/27/21 A shorter day, only 207 miles to Pocatello, Idaho.

Junior Rodeo

We spent 2 nights here where we enjoyed watching the junior rodeo competition and also did a little shopping for provisions.

5/29/21 281 miles to Indian Creek Campground in Deer Lodge Montana. We are spending 2 nights here so we can return to Philipsburg and shop the Sweet Palace candy store. (Awesomely beautiful drive and fun shopping.) Deer Lodge will be our last stop on the way north. On the 31st we will drive the last 280 miles through Montana, across the Idaho panhandle, and on through Washington to Riverside State Park.

Bowl and Pitcher Campground Riverside State Park

Just keeping the shiny side up, and reminding ourselves that over the hill is still better than under it.

Your Random Rovers, Elaine and Gordon

Homeward Bound

From the City of Rocks we decided to head north and check out Albuquerque, NM so there will be a few more days for us enjoy New Mexico.

Leisure Mountain RV Resort

Don’t believe the “Resort” in the name but the park served our purposes as a base of operations for exploring the area.

Petroglyph National Monument

We did a little trail walking at the Petroglyph National Monument where we saw many but by no means even a small portion of the 24,000 images that were pecked into the stone.  Most of them are 400 to 700 years old, though some are believed to date from 3,000 years ago.  The high desert landscape made walks majestic.

Hollow-form Turning

One of the days there, I went to a meeting of the local wood-turning club which I enjoyed a great deal. This is one of the bowls that was done by the meeting’s demonstrator. I thought it was extremely nice. Elaine and I  also did a lot of just “looking around”, had breakfast at the landmark Owl Cafe.  You simply haven’t really been to Albuquerque if you haven’t eaten at “Owlbuquerque”, and shopped the Old Town District. We also went to the Albuquerque Fiery Foods Festival which was a lot of fun and the samples left us with tingling lips. Soon it was time to actually “turn the corner” and start heading in a homeward direction, so it was back to Tucson, AZ with a stop over in Deming, NM.

81 Palms RV Park

We spent a night here as Albuquerque to Tucson would have been a very long day, we wanted to get some more chorizo sausage at the El Rey Carniceria, and we have always enjoyed the palms as it is an immaculately clean park run by friendly folks.  We just stayed one night and went on to Tucson.

Justin’s Diamond RV

Justin’s was good for us on the way down so we decided to give it another shot on the way back.  It was great place to rest up and get set for the long haul back to Port Angeles.  When we looked at the weather in the mountains where we had planned to travel we decided it was a bit too wintry treacherous. We altered our route to go through the central valley of California and then running highway US 101 all the way home.  I am sure we will see rain and wind, but ice and snow should be minimal.   Our first stop after short days drive was Gila Bend.

Easy Set-Up at Holt’s RV

The next morning, and a more ambitious drive to Bullhead City, AZ where we have stayed many times.  They have new management and seem to be making some nice improvements,

Ridgeview Resort

A New Sculpture in the Park

We are off to Mojave, CA which is on the western edge of nowhere, before going over the mountains into the central valley.

Sierra Trails RV Resort

The picture makes the park look much nicer than it actually was.  The park was easy to get in and out of, quiet, and had pleasant managers making it a good stop.  We left in the morning in a light rain heading to Rancho Cordova the next day. It was our longest day in a very long time, 350 miles over mountains and through some heavy traffic in blustery winter weather so we were very happy to get settled in for the night.

Staying at the Elks Lodge in Rancho Cordova, CA

Wet rainy weather (absolutely pouring down on the coast) all the way to Eureka, CA.

Staying at another Elks Lodge

We ate at the lodge and met some nice folks, but once again in the morning we were off, now turning north to Florence, OR.

Here We Are at the Elks RV Park

What a gorgeous park!  By the way these two pictures were taken during a few moments of non-winter weather.  Gordon got his birthday dinner at Chen’s, a nice Chinese restaurant where we have eaten before.

Mr Pelican (Park Mascot)

North to Tillamook, OR and a chance to get cheese and ice cream at the Tillamook Creamery and some sausage at Debbie D’s. The weather turned rather nice for a few hours. What a relief!

Elks RV Park (just south of Tillamook)

On across the Columbia River to Longbeach, WA where we hope to get cinnamon rolls at the Cottage Bakery.

Pacific Holiday Resort

Fortified with cinnamon rolls we are heading north to our last stop, Copalis, WA.

Copalis Beach Resort

Being blessed with a little bit of sunshine when we arrived made us very thankful.  We will hide out here for a day before making the last 170 mile leg home.  It was a good trip.  We made some new friends, saw some new things and learned a little more about this wonderful place we live.  We drove nearly 10,000 miles with over 5,000 of them towing on our 4 month winter adventure.

Your random rover, Gordon, still keeping the shiny side up and the dirty side down.

 

House Hunting and Other Adventures

We had planned to make the Florence Oregon area our new home but sometimes the best laid plans …

Alas, I am getting ahead of myself which I often do.  In any case an update is long overdue.

Home At The Florence Elks
Home At The Florence Elks

We spent the remainder of February at the Elks RV Park just north of town. It has made a great vacation spot for us before and this time it made a great base of operations for house hunting.

Woahink Lake
Woahink Lake

We spent the month of March here at Woakink Lake RV which is a very nice park just a few miles south of Florence that backs up to the famous Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. We did a lot of house hunting, took a few very pleasant drives into the valley, and went to a wood-turning symposium (see previous post) . None of the properties jumped up and said “buy me” which was disappointing and then it was time to take a break and honor our commitment to host at Tugman State Park south of Reedsport, OR near Lakeside, OR.

At Home in Tugman State Park
At Home in Tugman State Park

We spent the month of April working at Tugman where we had good time and met a number of great people. We did some house hunting but mostly just worked and relaxed.

Lake Creek Falls
Lake Creek Falls

Shore Acres Raucous Ocean
Shore Acres Raucous Ocean

Shore Acres Serenity
Shore Acres Serenity

Lake Creek Falls, and a return trip to Shore Acres were on our agenda along with a few other side trips. We had pretty much given up on the Florence area and now had to decide what to do. We considered a number of options and finally decided to make a trip up to Port Angeles, WA, an area we had always enjoyed in the past that has a great rural feel, plenty of local shopping, is on the water and is only an hour or so from the big city for those major shopping trips. We liked what we found and one trip became two so at the end of our tenure we traveled to the Sequim / Port Angles area to start looking again.

Champoeg Campsite
Champoeg Campsite

We broke the 400 mile trip into two days which allowed time to spend a nice afternoon at Champoeg Oregon State Park. The grounds were covered with blooming wild roses and the park store/museum was a delight. Tomorrow we will be at Rainbows End RV and it will be time to get back into searching mode.

It isn’t the destination, it is the trip.
Your Random Rover,
Gordon

A Little More Time On The Oregon Coast

Before I even start this segment I should mention that much is left out from these accounts, some deliberately as I want to keep things upbeat and none of the misadventures/problems that have been left out are really worthy of note, some because as I blunder on from day-to-day what I see and feel does not seem interesting until I have forgotten the details that might elucidate those insights, some because I do not have the ability to set them to words,  and of course some because I did not take any pictures.

From Florence Oregon we did a very easy day of about 80 miles south on US Hwy 101 to Bullards Beach State Park.

Bullards Beach State Park
Bullards Beach State Park

We enjoyed this surprisingly secluded site in the middle of this very popular Oregon State Park just north of Bandon. We had trees and bushes all around us and could barely see our neighbors.  Glorious weather followed us again.  After settling in we drove out to walk the beach and get a picture of the Bandon Lighthouse close up.

Coquille Lighthouse
Bandon/Coquille Lighthouse

Guarding the entrance to the Coquille river this lighthouse is preserved but no longer used. Standing on the north Jetty we see the edge of Bandon and the south jetty in the background.  We chose to eat in during our entire stay here and spent some time perusing many of Bandon’s tourist shops and looking at Charleston Harbor.

Brookings Elks

Brookings Elks

We got to Brookings (another 80 mile drive) on a pleasant sunshiny day but then the fog set in and lasted until it was time to move on.  We didn’t let that dampen our spirits or slow down exploration.  After we got settled in we walked to town and purchased  a few necessities at the local super-center and then went over to the lodge for a very good prime rib dinner.

Harris Beach
Harris Beach

The next day found us walking Harris Beach which is one of those places where nature speaks loudly.  These big crashing waves can be heard long before they can be seen and are normal on a calm day.

Your Random Rover on the Redwood Trail
Your Random Rover on the Redwood Trail

Just a few mile up the Chetco river there is this lovely US Forest Service trail that follows a creek for a way and then through the northernmost stand of redwoods.

McVay Beach
McVay Beach

Just a few miles down the road the beach at McVay Rock provides a stark contrast.

I also touched base with a wood working kindred spirit that I met last year. We did a little catching up and sharing sawdust experiences and promised to keep in touch as we are both interested in turning and CNC machinery. The last day here we drove down to Crescent City, Ca to check out the town and the local farmers market. On the way we chanced upon a small pow wow where we some really nice Indian craft work.

Tomorrow we will head inland for more adventures.

Your Random Rover,

Gordon

And Heading South

It had to happen sometime.  We did the big 180 and started heading south.  Not that we are in any hurry to get back it just had to happen at some point.  So here we go.  We traveled from Banff, AB through Radium Hot Springs to Cranbrook, BC.

Our site at Mt Baker RV Park in Cranbrook, BC
Our site at Mt Baker RV Park in Cranbrook, BC

It was a relatively short driving day so we had time to do a little exploring in town where we found an excellent chocolate shop and a wonderful bookstore that had every magazine you could imagine. We bought more than we should have, but opportunities for good food and reading material should not be passed by lightly.

Staying at the Spokane Elks Lodge
Staying at the Spokane Elks Lodge

We stopped at the Spokane Elks for a few nights to see the families and we had a great time.  The first day back stateside was spent shopping, getting haircuts, and picking up all the stuff we had left in John’s care. (Things we couldn’t take across the border.)  Of course John and Miss fed us lunch and Gordon does not pass up free meals especially when the food and company are great.  We were able to spend an afternoon and evening at son John’s Lake place and Laura was able to come up with Delaney. On another night we were able to get together again with everyone at the lodge for “Taco Night” and they had a band so we got in a little dancing too.  I had forgotten that John and Missy had their wedding reception at the lodge so there was also a bit of reminiscing.

Card Sharks at Connell, Washington
Card Sharks at Connell, Washington

On the way down to the Tri-Cities area to see some old friends we stopped for break and lunch in a quaint small town named Connell, Washington where Gordon succumbed to a game with some locals.  I’m telling you that the raven was cheating.  He must have been.  If Elaine hadn’t drug me away I’d have lost everything and we would be standing at a rest area holding up a cardboard sign.

Army Corps of Engineers Charbonneau Park
Army Corps of Engineers Charbonneau Park

This COE park was beautiful!!  We spent a couple of nights here and were able to do a lot of catching up and getting re-acquainted with the Krudwigs, great folks we had not seen for at least 20 years.

The Dalles, OR with Mount Hood
The Dalles, OR with Mount Hood

Elaine was driving on this stretch of the Columbia Gorge so Gordon was able to get this “through the windshield” picture on our way from Charbonneau to Salem.  As you can see it was a picture perfect day.  (pun intended)  All to soon it was my turn to drive us through Portland.

At The Salem Elks
At The Salem Elks

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have made good use of the Elk’s hospitality on this trip and plan to do more.  If you are an Elk, the lodges can be a special treat on your travels.  We spent a couple of nights here catching our breath / relaxing and were able to enjoy steak night at the lodge.  We also shopped at the Salem Farmer’s Market.  Very,  very nice – bought some fruit and bread, and met some fine craftspersons.  Took the short drive up to Silverton to take in a little of the Willamette Valley farm country.

The Florence Elks RV Park
The Florence Elks RV Park

The park is the best. As you can see the spaces are spacious. The hosts are helpful and the Pacific ocean is just a few minutes away.

Morning On a Beach North of Heceta Head
Morning On a Beach North of Heceta Head

Now we are on the Oregon coast!  Elaine and I always miss the ocean and so are pulled in this westerly direction until we can hear the surf, smell the ocean breeze, and see the sunlight sparkle on water and sand.  The weather has been as great as it has been for most of this trip so we were able to do lots of just looking around and revisiting old haunts from Yachats to Winchester Bay.  We saw some friends that we met last year, ate lots of fresh seafood, and pretended we were on vacation.

Tomorrow we will move on to Bullards Beach State Park just north of Bandon, OR.

Travel Safely and Enjoy,

Your Random Rover,

Gordon

More Time On The Southern Oregon Coast

It is getting to be late August and nearing the time we plan to start our trek back to Arizona.  No route set yet, but probably east through Idaho and then south through Utah. I suppose that we ought to make up our minds soon. We do plan to go ride the mail boat on the Rogue River which we haven’t done in many years after we leave here. After that probably back north to see some of my family before we start the big drive.

Paige, Delaney, and Laura
Paige, Delaney, and Laura in Newport

We have enjoyed having our extended family here in bits and pieces. First we got to see Laura and the girls. Unfortunately schedules precluded any more than just meeting up for an afternoon in Newport but we had a great time.  The first stop was Mo’s for lunch.  (For the who don’t know the central Oregon coast, Mo’s is a must do great seafood restaurant and a tradition that has grown from a tiny little cafe on the Yaquina Bay waterfront into a small chain.)  After lunch we did some sight-seeing and shopping.  Hopefully next time we will have more time together.

The Whole Gang
The Whole Gang

On The Beach
On The Beach

John, Missy, Jasmine, and Tyler were able to spend a few days with us camping out. We got to play on the beach, have a few cookouts, do a little sight-seeing and generally just have fun.

The Cosarts
The Cosarts

And then we got to spend just short of two days with Elaine’s sister and brother-in-law. They arrived in time for happy hour so we got to kick off our time with a small party followed by dinner off the barbeque. The next day weather was the absolute best it could be so after a sour-dough pancake breakfast we went back to see Shore Acres State Park again this time in the sunshine.  We found fresh crab in Charleston, Oregon on the way back to the rig so we all got to have a big crab salad for dinner. Thank you Bill, for buying the crab before I noticed. I did not expect that! It sure was good.

Lots of Mushrooms
Lots of Mushrooms

After a little rain I am finally finding chanterelle mushrooms. Oh lucky me! Elaine and I gathered this nice plateful in a little over an hour. And I just had to gather and dry one more batch of lobster mushrooms while I could.

Street Sign
Street Sign

Someone in Charleston, Oregon had a sense of humor when they named this street! I wish I could live on Guano Rock Avenue or maybe in Toad Suck, Arkansas. (We looked at a house there once when we lived in the Little Rock area, but unfortunately we did not like it.)

We’ve had a lots of fun and seen many new places. We will be heading out for more adventures on September 1st as we meander toward home.

Hope you have enjoyed the ride so far and that you can look in again soon,

The Random Rover

Umqua Lighthouse State Park

It was a bucolic drive here, even the first portion, which was northbound on I5 being quite pleasant as I drove, first squeezing out of Peggy and Gerry’s driveway (They have a large driveway but as I am occasionally reminded, Bertha, our 5th wheel trailer,  is big, very big, which of course is why we call her Bertha with apologies to anyone named Bertha who takes offense.) and on to Valley of the Rogue State Park where for the paltry sum of $3.00 we dumped our holding tanks and Elaine took over driving heading through the mountains to a rest area near the 7 Feathers Casino/Truck Stop at Canyonville and then it was Gordon’s turn for a few more miles on up the freeway to near Sutherlin and on to quieter roads, hwy 138 to Elkton where we stopped for lunch in the rig (we really wanted ice cream which did not see until we were done, and stuffed :-(, it was right across the road, and then hwy 38 to Reedsport where we turned south on US101 for about 8 miles to the park.

There you have it, a prime example of why my 5th grade teacher called me the king of run on sentences and she definitely wasn’t complimenting me. I haven’t lost my touch.

🙂

Umpqua Campsite
Umpqua Lighthouse Campsite

Even if we did not see anything else new and wonderful on this trip it would have been worth the drive for this campsite alone.  We are up in an open area of tall forest well above the ocean, out of the wind, above the fog, but with a fog horn barely audible for ambiance, and not in the campground proper so that we have only one neighbor, a fellow work camper.  As I was writing this a black tail doe walked through our site munching her breakfast. We are here for the whole month so we will have plenty of time to explore.

A Panorama of Lake Marie
A Panorama of Lake Marie

  The campground is very nice and has a beautiful little lake with hiking trail all the way around it.

The Beach
The Beach

There is a day use area with lots of picnic tables and a sandy beach for fresh water swimming.

Yurts, Campers, and Cabins
Yurts, Campers, and Cabins

And a wooded campground with tent sites, rv sites, cabins and yurts.

The Umpqua Harbor Lighthouse
The Umpqua Harbor Lighthouse

The lighthouse is just outside of the park and is run by the county.  Note the unusual bi-color lens. County volunteers give lighthouse tours, keep up a good museum of life and duties at the station and run a gift shop.

We changed our minds, filling a vacancy here for another month, and cancelling our planned stay at Sunset Bay.  Our site here is just too nice to leave.  We will visit Sunset Bay on a day trip or two before we leave.  So for now we are eating fresh seafood and fruit / vegetables from the local farmers markets. Elaine has made pickles and strawberry jam and keeps busy with crochet projects while Gordon collects mushrooms and does a little wood carving. I will produce another installment with highlights of our adventures in this area. So we will take pictures, and make notes and generally have a good time. We have begun planning our return to Arizona but as we have lots of time we will do both our planning and our trip back with leisure as the predominant feature. We do plan to go south and ride a jet boat on the Rogue River (it has been a long time and we still cherish memories of the first time) and then go back up to Corvallis to see family and then off to Idaho and down through Utah toward home. Will we do it that way? Maybe, probably, we will see, it is the plan for now.

Y’all splash a puddle just for the fun of it. (Ah come on now, remember how much fun it was. Just do it.)

Your random rover, Gordon

The Oregon Coast

Barview Jetty Campground
Barview Jetty Campground

Our first stop on the Oregon coast was Barview Jetty Campground a Tillamook County park that we have considered as a possibility for work camping.  It is located on the north jetty of Tillamook Bay just south of the city of Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

Garibaldi As Seen From The North Jetty & A Small Island In Tillamook Bay
Garibaldi As Seen From The North Jetty & A Small Island In Tillamook Bay>

Many vacationers stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory on their way north to Cannon Beach / Seaside or south to Depoe Bay / Beverly Beach and miss the beauty this area has to offer.  Many do come for the excellent fishing and crabbing that is found here.

Three Arch Rocks at Oceanside
Three Arch Rocks at Oceanside

Oceanside is a small town due west of the city of Tillamook where I remember going numerous times as a child.  Of course we had to go see it while we were here.  I recognized the motel where we used to stay though it has changed quite a bit with a new facade facing the road.  The beach and rocks were just as beautiful as ever.

Our Site at Neskowin
Campsite at Neskowin


Just a few miles down the coast is the small town of Neskowin.  A very pretty and quiet place where we foolishly took no time to relax. 

The Beach at Pacific City
The Beach at Pacific City

Took a trip up to Pacific City but did not find much there other than a nice very large beach which we would have enjoyed more if it had not been so cold and windy.

Up The Channel Under The Bridge Into Depot Bay
Up The Channel Under The Bridge Into Depoe Bay


We went see Depoe Bay (the world’s smallest navigable harbor), and the D River (at only 120 feet from Devils lake to the Pacific Ocean) the world’s shortest river.  Whereas I did find a nice shot of the bay, I simply could not get an explanatory picture of the river.

Kip & Julie
Kip & Julie

Traveled to what I consider my hometown, Corvallis Oregon, to catch up with Stephen, my older brother.  Had lunch with Stephen and a great time reminiscing through the afternoon.  I will definitely try harder to stay in touch and can’t believe I did not get his picture!  We had already stopped at my stepsister Julie’s where we were treated to rhubarb muffins, coffee, and an awesome catch-up on life in Corvallis.  One of my stepbrothers, Kip came over just to see us and added greatly to the party.  We were very privileged in all our enjoyment that day!!

Naco South Jetty RV Resort
Naco South Jetty RV Resort


Well here we are just south of Florence, Oregon.  This is a very nice heavily wooded park where we spent a little extra time recuperating.  Caught up with the laundry, except for a few things that Elaine had stashed in the basement and forgot about until she wanted to wear them and then could not locate.  This vacation stuff is too strenuous!

The Harbor At Oldtown Florence
The Harbor At Old Town Florence

Florence is located at the mouth of the Siuslaw river and the bay is yet another Oregon paradise for crabbing, steelhead, salmon, and rock (cod, perch, sea bass, flounder) fishing.  Old Town has a fine selection of tourist shops and galleries that make for a fine days shopping.  The weather was again great so we strolled on the docks and caught site of a playful harbor seal doing the backstroke.

Chanterelle & Lobster  Mushrooms
Chanterelle & Lobster Mushrooms

Look what Gordon found! These are the first of 2 batches of wild mushrooms that he harvested.  Talk about good fortune, these were just beginning to show while we were there.  I collected about 1 1/2 pounds of chanterelles and at least 4 pounds of the lobster mushrooms.  We did eat very well!!  I sauteed and froze the chanterelles that we did not eat fresh.  I sauteed some of the fresh lobster mushrooms for one dinner and dried the rest for later.  What a surprise bonus for our trip.

Our Site At Beachloop RV Park
Our Site At Beachloop RV Park

Bandon is a very popular resort town on the southern Oregon coast.  There are lots of beaches, shops, hiking, golfing, and sightseeing here,  but we are here because we have many happy memories of past trips and it is the center of the myrtle wood industry.  I never pass up a chance to look at wooden crafts or to shop for wood.  We spent most of a day going to various myrtle wood companies.  Yes, I bought some more wood.  I found some very nice pieces including some spalted boards.  We also found some more antique / junk stores and another place that sold wool and yarn.  So we shopped and gawked like normal tourists.

Face Rock
Face Rock

Can you see the beautiful woman gazing into the heavens?  This is Face Rock,  it is one of the must see sites in Bandon.  The coastal Indians consider this to be a sacred and powerful place.

The Beaches At Bandon
The Beaches At Bandon

Bandon is a land of many wonderful accessible beaches.  We ate fish and chips at a small dockside restaurant and in general had a great time at our last stop on the Oregon coast for this trip.  Now it is off to the Medford area to catch up with some old friends.

Happy and safe travels to all,

Gordon

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