From East to West Oregon

Trip Start Aug 29, 2012
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Beverly Beach State Park

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Since my last post we traveled over to Oregon. The east side is like a desert and very dry. It became much more scenic and greener as we traveled over to the west coast going up and over the mountains including the Cascade mountain range.  We had to stop and rest our poor motorhome halfway down an 11 mile stretch of that ridiculously steep mountain road.  I guess we need to pay closer attention to truck routes and maybe try and avoid the 6-8% steep grades!  It was a scenic byway and I see why though, very pretty!  

One night we stayed at an Oregon state park called Clyde Holliday State Park.  It's a small campground with perfectly manicured sites.
The Clyde Holliday State Park is  "first come, first served" and when we first arrived I went walking around the campground to choose our evening site, before moving the motorhome in. I chose what I thought was the perfect site along a river and while I was standing there writing out the tag for the site, a large motorhome from California rolled up.  The people inside looked at me standing in the site, filling out my tag, and began backing their rig into the site... as if I were invisible.  Before they backed any further I told them that I was taking this one, but all they had to say was "Sorry about that," as they continued moving right on in.  

Dave and I took a different site, honestly there wasn't a bad campsite in the place. Back at the Ranger station an older gentleman said to me, "Don't let those Californians steal your site, I saw the whole thing!"  I told him that it wasn't worth a fight, but he went on about how rude people from California can be (I personally don't think it has anything to do with the state you are from.) As he was talking I turned to leave and ran into the exact Californian couple that had almost backed over me a few minutes before.  They had heard the older gentleman and I'd like to think that they had an awkward moment and maybe felt a little guilty. 

Dave and I enjoyed our stay at that campground, but we had gotten advice from our neighbor in the Tetons about campgrounds in the Pacific Northwest and were looking forward to those.  He suggested the Tillicum Campground- a little-known campground directly on the beach.  

Later, we went to the only laundromat in town and met an interesting woman: she travels wherever there is a forest fire and maps the wildfire.  This helps the firefighters with their strategy and helps keep everyone safely out of the way.  She works out of a base camp that is set up at each wildfire, but had been there a few weeks and really needed to get to town to do some laundry!

Last night we entered the coastal area late and ended up at Beverly Beach State Park. It was beautiful, but very busy, so after a morning walk on the beach we headed South to explore more of the coast.

I am writing this post from Tillicum Campground (the place only known to locals.. and our in-the-know neighbor from the Tetons.)  It's a National Forest campground and is everything that our neighbor said it would be. With all the windows closed, we can still hear the roar of the ocean. The tide is coming in right now and the waves are absolutely huge! After all, it is situated in a "Tsunami Danger Zone!" (pictures to follow, our signal is weak and I'll only be putting up a few photos today.)

Anyway.  We are loving Siuslaw National Forest on the coast of Oregon! Will add photos when I am able.

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Sara on

Oregon sounds beautiful! I agree with your response to the rude campsite thief, too. Why get into a conflict while on vacation?

Write downyour campsites for us, I'm getting the itch to go west again!

Avery on

Sounds like you're doing it all! Going to rent some surfboards and try your luck?

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