Finally after almost four months in California, we arrive in Oregon. It’s been raining ☔️ more than sunny ☀️ days, but I guess that’s why is so lush and green. It has rained probably 25 of the 32 days here. It is also colder than normal for this time of year. We are happy that the gas prices are about 70 cents cheaper than California, and they even pump the gas for you. Also saving some money since they have no state tax here. This month we also challenge ourselves to save some money on campgrounds, since went way over budget in California. We will spend the month of March going up the coast and maybe few side trips.
We left Crescent City, California and drove a whole 45 minutes to Turtle Rock RV in Gold Beach, Oregon.
This was the worst 45 minute drive, we encountered rain, snow, sleet and hail. It is a Passport America and Good Sam park. 3 nights totaled $103.00, for FHU, propane, individual showers, Wifi and Cable. They even have hot tub sites. You can walk to the beach from the Campground.
In Gold Beach each week in off season they hide 125 glass floats on the beach for you to find. It was fun but we didn’t find any. They also have if you spend $25.00 in certain stores you can take receipts to Visitor Center and pick a glass float. Bob bought his fishing license and fishing stuff(over $100.00), so we got to pick 4 floats.
We then drove to Port Orford, which is the oldest town on Oregon Coast. At the port is the Dolly Dock (one of only 2 in US and 6 in the world). Boats 🚣 are hoisted in and out of harbor each day by crane.
The Cape Blanco Lighthouse is 5 miles north of town and is the westernmost point in Oregon, it is also the oldest working on Oregon Coast. Nearby is the historic Hughes House(1898).
Unfortunately both are closed until April.
One hour and fifteen minutes to the town of Bandon. This is a cute little town with shops and restaurants.we tried our very first Dungeness Crab 🦀 (in a sandwich)
And some fish and chips at the Bandon Fish Market. Both were very good. Next door is Tony’s Crab Shack, also suppose to be very good and here you can get rentals for crabbing, and they will even clean and cook your crab. There is RV parking at Alabama and 2nd street. From here we drove 1/2 hour to Coos Bay, where you can stay 4 free nights at the Three Rivers Casino. Just need to go in and register.
Coos Bay is the largest city on Oregon Coast.
Few miles away is the Charleston Pier and Marina
, where Bob tries his hand at crabbing. He did catch a few, but not keepers. Also in Charleston is Charlie the tuna statue( town mascot).
Today, March 9th was something I really wanted to do. We drove back to Bandon to Washed Ashore
(they are only open Thurs-Sat) and volunteered. We made jellyfish tentacles 🐙 from plastic bottles.
All the sculptures here are plastic pollution from the ocean and turned to art. Current exhibits in the US and Smithsonian.
After we left, stopped at Face Rock (sea stacks)in Bandon.
Winchester Bay Resort in Reedsport
is now one of our favorite places so far.
Waterfront site was $34.00 on the harbor side, with FHU, cable, wifi, picnic table, firepit 🔥, very clean showers and laundry. Very well maintained grounds and very nice people. Highly Recommend.
Seals in the bay every day we were there.
Right down the road from here is the Oregon Dunes National Rec Area ( free with America the Beautiful pass).
It is the largest coastal sand dunes in North America.
ATVS/Off Road vehicles everywhere, it was pretty cool to watch.
Umpqua Lighthouse is nearby, they have a whale watching platform.
After a much needed haircut 💇 and mani/pedi we stopped at the Dean Creek Elk viewing area, just outside town. About 100 elk and other wildlife in a very pretty setting.
After a week at this great campground we drove 45 minutes north to Florence. We were able to stay 4 nights free again at the Three Rivers Casino. Just go in and register for your 4 free nights. Security goes around at night, and lots of RVs here. Since it is St Patrick’s Day ,we had corn beef ,cabbage at the casino. It was delicious.
Downtown Florence is cute with shops and restaurants. They also have Dancing with the Sea Lion (20 7 1/2 fiberglass sea lions ) thru out town. We stopped at the Oregon Dunes National Rec Area ( again free with America the Beautiful pass), and you can Crab off the pier here.
Our CO detector started raising numbers, the alarm never went of because we were aware (we were boondocking with generator on). We called Complete Mobile RV and Auto Repair in Florence. We received excellent service from owner (Jim) and mechanic (James). They got us in the next day and looked at it and fixed it while we were there.
Finally a beautiful ☀️ sunny day so off to the town of Yachats,
cute but small town with very few shops, which were all closed. Then to Cape Perpetua visitor center. Cape Perpetua is the highest point on Oregon Coast. It is stunning coastline.
We parked and picnic here to wait for high tide to see Spouting Horn
and Thors Well ( a giant sinkhole that never fills.
Also stopped at Devils Churn (although not at high tide but still pretty).
Hecata Head Lighthouse lookout is a must stop.
This Lighthouse is on a lot of calendars and photos from this viewpoint.
It is the most photographed Lighthouse in the US.
Looking below are tons of seals,
we also saw whales and baby eagles.
We decided to skip Sea Lion Caves, which was on my list, but we have seen so many seals and just saw them again by the Lighthouse.
Leaving Florence we drove 1 hour 45 minutes to Lincoln City to the KOA. Nice small KOA. FHU, Wifi,cable, dog park, laundry. Seven nights totaled $230.00.
Off to DePoe Bay and the whale 🐳 watching Center.
This is whale watch week and we did see 2 whales, and there are rangers here to answer questions.Across the street are few shops. Next stop is town of Newport. We get off highway 101 for the Otter Creek Loop to Devils Punchbowl State Rec Area.
Very windy here with beautiful views. Continuing on to historic Nye Beach, with few cute shops and then to historic Newport Bayfront, some shops and restaurants. Before heading back we stop at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (last remaining wooden Lighthouse)
and Yaquina Head Lighthouse (1873)it is 7.00 per vehicle or free with America the Beautiful pass. It is the tallest on Oregon Coast.
Here is also excellent tidepool.
Off for a side trip. We head towards Portland with a stop at Ottos Sausage Kitchen, it was yummy 👅. They grill different sausages or you can get sandwich and soup. Also have deli and sell wine. From here to Multnomah Falls ( only the lower deck open, due to fires last October) in the Colombian River Gorge.
Absolute stunning and a must do.
We stayed overnight at the Shilo Inn in Beaverton. They are a dog 🐶 friendly hotel.
Go figure, it’s ☔️ raining again as we head into Portland. Did some shopping, lunch was a gyro from food truck, yummy Stumptown Coffee, one of the best cupcakes ever at Cupcake Jones and then a stop at the old photo booth in the Ace Boutique Hotel, $5.00 worth of fun.
Leaving Portland we take a different route as we went towards Tillamook on Route 6. First stop is Tillamook Forest Center (great place to stop if have kids). It is free.There are hiking trails, fire tower you can climb and info about the Tillamook Burn.
In Tillamook, yes we stopped i at the Cheese Factory (unfortunately they are building a new visitor center, so there are no factory tour right now. We ate a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. They have a temporary visa center, so there is still a shop, ice cream and food.
From here we did the Three Capes Scenic Loop (definitely recommend). First is Cape Meares, with spectacular views,
Octopus 🐙 Tree.
This Lighthouse is the shortest on the coast but 217 ft above the ocean. We did see 6 whales here. Next stop along this scenic loop is Cape Lookout, very nice and finally Cape Kiwanda, which is also know for great tidepool s. Here you can drive on the beach, so of course we did?
Pelican Pub Brewey is also right here, it was packed so we didn’t go in. Stopped for a ☕️ cup of coffee, long day and headed back to Lincoln City.
Lincoln City also in off season hides glass floats (Finders Keepers)on the beach for the tourist to find. We searched and searched but no luck. There is seven miles of beach to search.we drove Jeep on beach near Roads End State Park, great tidepools,
saw couple Starfish which was cool.
Hungry we stopped at the nearby 60’s cafe for a burger and shake. Slow service but was good.
Lincoln City has a small outlet center , antique stores and few shops in downtown area. The town also has the D River, the shortest river in the world at 120 ft. Also the 45th Parallel (midway point between Equator and North Pole).
Bob did a little fishing at Devils Lake and I made my own Glass Float at the Jennifer Sears Studio.
I’ve always wanted to do this, it was so much fun. My float was $65.00 and there are different sizes to choose from. I would recommend this and also make reservations.
Time to move on, but because of spring break, we end up staying one night at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City. 20 points and it’s free, you must get a card and play to get 20 points ( $20.00 to get. 20 points). We ate lunch at the buffet for $11.00 each, Sr or Military Rate.
Today is 🐣 Easter and we have a 2 hour drive to our final stop in Oregon.
Seaside is Oregon’s first seaside resort. We spend 4 nights at Seaside RV.
It is a Passport America park, and we pay total of $130.00 for FHU, pull thru, wifi, cable, laundry, large site, indoor pool. We make ham, sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts for dinner.
Today’s exploring takes us to Cannon Beach, fifteen minutes from Seaside. Very cute shopping area with some nicer shops. Then to Haystack Rock (worlds third largest monolith at 235 ft).
At low tide you can walk up to Haystack Rock, also great tidepools here. We also saw an eagle 🦅 flying over the rock. Tufted Puffins nest here in late April. Goonies and Twilight also shot some scenes here and at Indian Beach down the road at Ecola State Park ($5.00 entrance fee), and worth it.
From Ecola State Park you can also see Tillamook Rock Lighthouse,
lots of hiking trails and great views, and great spot to whale watch.
Seaside has a cute downtown area, but mostly souvenir type shops. We ate at Pig n Pancake and it was pretty good. Bob wanted breakfast and I a patty melt. Seaside also has a small outlet mall.
Off with the dogs today with a first stop at Fort Stevens State Park, a $5.00 fee, they also have a campground with full hook ups. We walked around Battery Russell
and historic military fort, this was once an active military base.
Within the park is the shipwreck of Peter Iredale (1906) and a observation platform on the north end.
Now we stop at the Hammond Mooring Basin, where in the movie Free Willy, (loved that movie) is set free🐳😢.
Warrenton is next town over and great stop for shops to fill up RV. There is Costco, Home Depot, Petco and Walmart coming in summer.
Astoria is next and is the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky
Mountains. Pretty area and beautiful bridges. This town is also where Free Willy, Goonies,
Kindergarten Cops were filmed. We stop and climb the 164 steps for 360 degree views at the Astoria Column from 1925 and beautiful murals on the outside, $5.00 parking fee and free to climb. If you have kids stop at gift shop first and for $1.00 purchase balsawood airplane ✈️ you can throw down from the top, how fun.
Unfortunately quite cloudy so not such nice pictures, but on a clear day would be stunning We drove the 4 mile bridge into Washington. We were going to go to Cape Dissapointment, but we were tired so had a picnic at the entrance and left to go home.
Tomorrow we leave Oregon for our final Highway 101 journey into Washington.
Now off to Washington for the month of April, before we cross the border into Canada as we make our way to Alaska. Stay tuned and safe travels 🌎