Shore Acres State Park, Charleston, OR
Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
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Drove up Route 101 for a couple of wind blown hours and took the recommendation of our friend (who we haven't met yet) Scott Bolton, to camp and kayak near Coos Bay. Scott is a member of the Yahoo View/Navion user's group that has over 500 members who almost all own RVs like ours. I joined the group before we bought our RV and the 50,000 plus messages helped us decide which RV to buy. Great resource for the knowing and unknowing RVer.
One of the reasons we are in Oregon right now is to be a part of the View/Navion rally being held in Nahelem Bay, OR the weekend of the 20th. There will be over 70 of these RVs and 3 days of get togethers, demonstrations, lectures and tips for the View/Navion owner. Scott is one of the organizers and he's been in touch with tips on where we can kayak while we are in route
This park is right across the road from the ocean and we can hear the waves pounding and the wind cutting around the sailboat masts (kind of an eerie moan). The only drag is that it's been pretty cold for the last few days and this day is no exception. During the day it's between 50-57 degrees and at night it's around 40. Forget about going in the water (at least for us).
We took a ride on the bikes and went to an evening ranger presentation entitled "Creature Features for Surviving the Tidal Pools." Ranger Kristin was excellent and she gave a Powerpoint presentation covering the "tidal zones" (from tidal locations below the water, right on up to the spray zone) and the various creatures that inhabit each zone. The audience had kids and adults and we all learned about the creatures and their built in defenses to predators that threaten their lives. Good show and excellent information.
We walked over to the tide pools at low tide to check out what we had learned last night. There they were, some of the hermit crabs, spotted crabs, green banded crabs and sculpins that we had seen photos of the night before
Went to town to have dinner at the Laos-Thai restaurant that the head ranger had recommended and we had curried chicken in a coconut milk sauce and ginger pork. It was so good that we agreed to come back tomorrow to have lunch on our way out of town.
At 9:00 PM we took in a ranger show on "The Zen of Crab Fishing." Ranger Stephanie's presentation covered 2 different kinds of crab traps and a how-to demonstration. She went over the types of crabs we would be trying to catch (dungeness and rock), how to tell if they were of legal size and how to sex them (tell the males apart from the females). Since you can only keep male dungeness crabs, you have to be able to tell the difference. Once again, good demo and lots of information to learn.
Ranger Kris gave a demo on making twine with cattail leaves and we had a lot of fun trying our hands at it. Now that we know how to do it we will be looking for other types of leaves (long and thin) that will work as we travel around. Good demo given with a lot of enthusiasm.
We stopped into the Laos-Thai place for another terrific meal and drove up the coast to connect to our road over to Eugene and our friends Vickie and Steve.