We left Las Vegas, Nevada for a full-time adventure in our motorhome in June 2013. That first year we discovered the northwest. 2014 saw us go from Arizona to Key West, Florida. Then up the east coast to Knoxville and back west through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Our 2015 excursion, which started March 16th, will take us up to Washington and across the upper U.S. to the northeast for the fall seasonal change. Follow us!
It is Wednesday, October 2nd,
and we have been in the rainy northern Oregon coast (Astoria to Tillamook) for
six nights. Since Friday morning, September 27th it has been raining
day and night. Raining soft and hard and sometimes the rain turns to little
hail stones about the size of Advil tablets. The temperatures were in the low
50s. Our umbrellas are getting a workout.
from Copalis Beach, Washington on Thursday, September 26th and took
up residence at the Circle Creek RV Park in Seaside, Oregon. Circle Creek is a
nice little park that is bordered on its south and west sides by a nice
meandering stream. The park is built on manicured grass with the RV spaces made
of compacted granite. A very clean park.
morning, September 28th, last Saturday, with rain falling hard for
the second day in a row, we got a knock on the coach about 9:30 A.M. from the
lady that manages the office in the park. Exciting and urgent news! She
explained that the nice meandering stream that runs past the park had flooded
the park eight times in 2012. Huh? It didn’t say anything like that in the description
of the park at RV Review! She went on to say that the stream’s banks had been
reconstructed during a dryer time this past summer and they were not 100% sure
the park wouldn’t flood considering the area was projected to have four more
days of constant and hard rain. To play it safe she was recommending we vacate
immediately, and she gave us recommendations to two other parks in the area.
into hyper speed. We readied the coach for departure in about 25 minutes.
Utilities unhooked and stowed, slides were retracted, and interior articles
stowed for engine start. Travel to our
next destination was going to be seven miles further south to the community of
Cannon Beach. Naturally, the Cannon Beach RV Park is on higher ground as we
learned another lesson! Cannon Beach has the feel of a Carmel, California,
except not as expensive!
It took us
a couple days to figure out that sightseeing was going to be done in the rain
or not at all. This past Sunday, with rain falling hard, we drove about 40
miles down the coast to Tillamook, Oregon. There are two things to do in
Tillamook that most tourists experience. The cheese factory and the air museum.
We decided we wouldn’t do them until we drive south later in the week.
checked out a couple RV Parks in the Tillamook area that we might consider as
we move south later in the week. We met the owner of the park in Rockaway Beach.
Interestingly enough, she was a very nice chatty little gal around 65-70 years
old. Turns out she had lived in Henderson’s Sun City Anthem back in the days
when it was first building out. She lived on one of the fairways of the
Lexington Golf Course. She said she bought it low and sold it high, and moved
on. I love her position now. Living at the beach and renting overpriced spaces in
her own RV Park. Small world!
in the rain the last few days we saw the Columbia River Maritime Museum in
Astoria, and the “lightship” Columbia which was tied up nearby. The Columbia was
a working marker buoy with a crew of 12 that was 5 miles at sea marking the
entrance to the Columbia River for many years.
In a dry
moment we were out at the mouth of the Columbia River where it meets the
Pacific Ocean. These waters don’t need a storm to be rough and over the years
many seamen have lost their lives entering and exiting the river. A stunning view in all directions from the south jetty.
My favorite picture of the day.
seeing the golf course at Gearhart, Oregon. It was established in 1892. Just
off the ocean, it looked a lot like some of the golf courses on the Monterey Peninsula.
Very mature and manicured Cypress Trees. I would have played it except for the
beautiful beaches as we moved the 20 or so miles south from Astoria were made
even more beautiful by the rough seas due to the storm.
the summer beach atmosphere of Seaside, Oregon even though the storm indicates
that the fall season has arrived. Nobody got the word in Seaside as short pants
are still being worn! This little town reminded me of Santa Cruz, California. A
real boardwalk atmosphere, but with more really nice restaurants and cozy
We will be
leaving Oregon’s north coast area tomorrow morning, October 3rd.
This is supposed to be the last day of the storm except for a little separate
event on Sunday. Seems the further south we go the milder it will get. I’d say
right now that Tillamook, Lincoln City, Winchester Bay, Bandon, and Gold Beach,
Oregon are on our chart between now and November 1st.
We hope you
are enjoying the pictures we post.
Janet started taking the pictures below as we approached the Astoria - Megler Bridge which spans the 2 or 3 miles across the mouth of the Columbia River. While the north side of the span is slightly raised the south side is raised a couple hundred feet to allow the larger shipping to pass under. I don't particularly like driving on two lane roads where there is no "out".