So, I’ve finally caught up to where I was when I started posting about my current trip. Being the pups first camping experience most of my time has been spent having fun with them and Mason of course.

As I headed up the coast, at first I was not happy. I had figured on doing this part of the drive after gorging myself on the luxurious beauty of the Washington Peninsula and I would be prepared and ready to drive the coastal route home. Oregon becomes crowded, RV parks, RV parking lots as well as RV repair shops dot the roadways. Passing through the redwoods was startling short. Two hundred million years ago they could grow all over the planet, now they cling to this small region hugging the Western US coast from Big Sur to just before the Oregon border. The trees are stressed and even though I camped among them and passed the usual tourist locales their presence hit me with a wavering uncertainty

 

In Coos Bay I past the Mill Casino where I’d stopped before…  on that trip I’d wanted to explore Coos Bay, it was a satisfaction in the recognition but this time I only wanted a quiet spot to walk and run the dogs and rest; my goal was the Olympic Peninsula and on the way Oregon town of Florence. I felt unsettled and angry at the general level of commercialization; yes, I should be used to it living in Southern California, in my heart it is the wilderness and the sea, natural lakes, wild rivers, busy harbors, open fields and cute towns that draw me to the road, not spreading of the blacktops, cement, tourists baits, the trash in blown remains from the grasp or children and dedicated vacationers; homes crammed up next to shopping malls and all that.

I use several apps on my cell phone: RV Parks, RV Parky, Allstays, Roadbrekers and Google Maps, the Garmin is more or less useless at finding specific information. I found something I thought would work; I think it was Ocean Pines in North Bend, but I’m not certain, will have to search about for the paperwork. I thought it would be a different place than it was.  The proprietor greeted me when I entered, I was tired and ready. I thought he was going to tell me they were full, or that no dogs were allowed. They were almost full, he had dry camping (that means no utilities) out in the field with use of the bath house. He took me out there and said come back with five bucks if I wanted to stay. It was cool, there was only one other camper on the field and they were way on the other side. Some kind of animals, lamas or alpacas or something, but I came to think of them as yaks occasionally used the field. I let the dogs out to romp and yep, first thing Jeana found a pile of that poop and rolled in it, then she invited Jackson to check it out! Washy washy washy…  with wet Dawn detergent dogs in tow I headed to the office with ten bucks. He said he didn’t have change so it suddenly became free. As he said this wasn’t exactly a money making operation. I think there were 1 or 2 or maybe 3 other visitors among the long timer/permanent residents…  it seemed like kinda a homed-homeless camp. One fellow gave me two roses from his garden, several women said hello, lots of dogs barked at us quite aggressively even little ones. It was quiet, cool, roomy and nice, perfect for the night.

My spot for the night out in the field.

My spot for the night out in the field.

Long timers at the camp.

Long timers at the camp.

The next day I started out for Florence, esp Old Town Florence, for me this is where Coastal Oregon begins. Along the way I stopped frequently getting into a rhythm with my 3 canines. Did not expect this!

Never Did Find Out What Was Wong With The Trees

Never Did Find Out What Was Wong With The Trees?

Land of Dangerous Trees

Land of Dangerous Trees

Found this along the way; might be a easy spot for a night.

Found this along the way; might be a easy spot for a night.

Winchester Bay Lighthouse

Winchester Bay Lighthouse . . . arrived hours too early for a tour.

Winchester Bay in the Oregon Dunes, Port of Umpqua

Winchester Bay in the Oregon Dunes, Port of Umpqua.

Plenty of fly fishing, salmon, sturgeon and crabbing in the bay, along with oysters and whale watching. Nice quick drive to the beach for a look around, plenty of sand dunes.

 

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