Taking a nap at Port of Siuslaw Campground and Marina.

Taking a nap at Port of Siuslaw Campground and Marina.

The Port of Siuslaw is where I head to for camp. I love watching water and the hustle of a port, feeding and swarming birds, the lapping of water, clanging of ship lines and rigging, otters, seals, people moving about focused on the boats; I didn’t know that my mother is also drawn to harbors.

First time landed a space on the water’s edge. LOVED IT.

The little LT on the river's edge.

The little LT on the river’s edge. My dogs and I were so very welcomed by the staff and complimented as being excellent guests. Mason’s an RV expert, good to know the pups are starting to get the groove.

The Port, I believe is on the estuary or within estuary restoration, it’s about 4.7 miles from the ocean. Over 30 lakes are within the district. I studied estuaries, brackish water at Sacramento State as an environmental biology student and forever fell in love with these muddy nursery, refuge, feeding grounds giving life for us all. Historically estuaries suffered blatant destruction; it is good to see restoration and renewed appreciation.

3 little peas

It was windy! My 3 little peas under the table.

Waking up in Port Siuslaw1

The mist of early morning, the birds are calling.



Old Town had stretched since my last visit with music, food and shops, it’s only around the corner from the harbor and our regular walk. But on this day, Florence history was made….  3 and soon to be 4 Lagotto Romagnolo for the first time ever in Florence Oregon!

Meeting Carrie and Steve and Capote the Lgotto in downtown Florence.

Meeting Carrie and Steve and Capote the Lagotto in downtown Florence. Jeana, Jackson, Capote, Carrie and Mason. The shot before the one where they were all lined up!  LOL

Carrie and Steve and their friends Joe and John and others as well so warmly welcomed me and my 3 dogs, we became friends. Later we met up with Ricki and her Lagotto Kelly by chance traveling up to Port Townsend and back arriving in Florence at just that time…  and then we had 4 Lagotti!

I was invited to Joe’s house for dinner. His place is stunning, directly on Dune Lake neighboring National Forest land. It is so picturesque, private and natural it’s hard to describe; a fantasy of forest, lake and home. He remade the interior with all knotty pine, a striking woodsy retreat, this is where my Jeana and Jackson found their water dog roots. Jackson “forget” he was timid of the water with all the water dogs chasing and swimming in the lake: the “dry” dogs running in the woods exploring, some 6 of them all so happy!


Joe made us dinner. Caught salmon for me…  the list of fish in Joe’s freezer is impressive, the others had lamb.Included roasted squash and forged mushrooms (which I don’t really eat very much) Chantelles, no I think it was another. Relaxing meal in a great environment. Joe also has crabs and clams, oysters and more… all the bounty of the area with stunning display of the lake, sun and rain.

At the Lake

Another photo (see prior posts for others) of the Lagotti swimming in the lake.

I also took my crew to North Jetty Beach (same as above other photos previously posted.)

Another shot from Jetty Beach (others posted previously)

Another shot from Jetty Beach. The boys, Jackson and Mason .


Invited to dinner again, this time at Carrie and Steve’s lakefront rental home…

Beautiful lakefront home: Thank you Carrie and Steve

Fun lakefront home: Thank you Carrie and Steve

Carrie and Steve

… they are deciding on the perfect location and on the banks of a lake seems to be an amazing and perfect fit.  They have a dock and just bought kayaks when they are not out foraging, hiking, beach-combing or doing the town but are home entertaining and hanging out.  All these friendly people kept showing up including John Michael Getz and Jonathon who are producing a film about truffle searching, several women, Joe and his friend and others.  John’s lab along with John are expert and long versed in truffles, educational and a ton of fun! They set up a few scenes to film the dogs hunting for truffles and we did a little training session with my two newbies.

The two truffle hunters! Carrie and John's dogs. Cut off a little sorry... yeah Mason's hanging in back.

The two truffle hunters! Carrie and John’s dogs. Cut off a little sorry… yeah Mason’s hanging in back.

The fellows all made a collective dinner, the dogs played: life here is social and inclusive. Food is foraged and crafted for anyone’s dietary needs. Eating, sharing, hiking, activities, sharing skill sets, they are all a group; they love Florence and their lives in this town.

Joe is preparing food again :) There were morels and truffles and nettles and a flour-less vegan chocolate cake.

Joe is preparing food again 🙂 There were morels and truffles and nettles and a flour-less vegan chocolate cake.

I spent a night parked in Carrie and Steve’s driveway to be treated by made from scratch sweet buns with a spicy kick. They were perfect!We ate those after Ricki and her sister had stopped by with her Lagotto on their way home to San Fransisco and Arizona (respectively.)


Some of the guys

Dinner 2a

4 Lagotti