A Return Trip

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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River's End Campground Chinook
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Friday, September 14, 2012

We left Lisa and Rich’s on Thursday enroute to River’s End Campground.  We came here last year, if you remember, and Lynnie caught the most fish.  It’s about a three hour drive from Auburn, following lots of the famous Highway 101.  We stopped in Raymond for lunch.  Lynnie had a decent bowl of clam chowder and Lisa and I split some sort of sandwich, which I cannot remember at the moment.  It was good though.

Lisa is recuperating from her arthroscopic knee surgery of last Monday.  It went very well and she’s coming along very well also.  She hopes to fish on Saturday.  The salmon are still running and all.  I imagine that Lynnie will do well this time also, since she’s never fished for salmon and might just get in on “beginner’s luck” for a second time.  We shall see.

It was a hot day driving down.  I saw one temperature of eight-eight degrees, which is very rare in these parts.  There’s been no measurable rainfall at Lisa’s for about fifty days.  The lawns are brown and so is anything else that one doesn’t water.

On arrival, we got Shorty set up and just hung out.  Lynnie did convince me to play gin rummy in the evening.  Since we had had a fine meal of BLTs for dinner, I felt that I had the energy and wherewithal  to do it.  Lynnie won, of course, with Lisa coming in second place. If I were a horse, it would have been a “Show” for me.  It wasn’t too bad, but just barely bad enough.

It’s a nice quiet campground with mostly folks who stay here for the whole summer.  At the height  of salmon season, it’s full.  We have a nice level site in the mid-field.  There are several towering trees, which provide great shade.  The heat was grand, however.

This morning we awoke to fog and a temperature of about fifty degrees.  Fortunately, we carry a couple of electric space heaters, which I turned on when I arose.  Before long it was “toasty” in the coach.  Lisa figured that it would clear off by noon.  Lynnie pounded the pillow for a couple of hours after I got up, so I had adequate quiet time to do what I do each morning.

We decided to go down to Astoria, Oregon and do some shopping.  Just as we came out of the tunnel on the highway, the sun shone brightly.  So, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, after all.  That was Lynnie’s statement.
We went to Fred Meyer and picked up a few items, one of which is a small duster to replace the one that the mice had commandeered to make their nest with.  Vermin!

By the time we got back to camp, the sun was out.  I spent an hour or so outside sunning a reading a bit.  The book is “The Rez”.  It gives you a good history about the Oglala Sioux on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  A great read and very informative.  The author has a real knack for verbiage and can be quite entertaining in the process.

I got a few shots of the area, Lisa and Lynnie and the sunset last night.  I’ll include them in this issue.  Thanks for tagging along with us.
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ferd on

Hey, that looks like a GREAT spot! Hope the fishing is good, for all of you. Give my love to Lisa, hope she heals fast! Hugs

photodon on

Another trip on my bucket list! (I should live so long!) To take the 101 through California and up to the Olypic Peninsula and then ...? Thanks for scouting this out for me Ralphie ;0)

Glory on

Hola Primos!
Such Butte-ifull pics! sounds like you are having a great time.
I am trying to figure out how to respond to you on the travelipod. Guess I need to open an account?
Adios for now,
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