We departed Whalers Rest on the morning of June 30 at 9:30, driving the 125 miles north to the town of Seaside. It's an easy drive to make though a slow one. We stopped only once along the way, at Tillamook Cheese Factory to get some cheeses we especially like. Driving along Hwy 101 is NOT fast, don't expect it to be, you'll be disappointed, frustrated and maybe take chances that are unhealthy. When we drive on the freeways our GPS calculated average speed is 58 mph, along the coastal highway we average 41! What with the curves, small communities, tourists crossing against lights, etc, etc., it's a wonder... Our message here is simple, sit back and enjoy the views, pull over when you get 5 cars backed up behind you!
Our stay here at Thousand Trails Seaside is 14 days. It's an extra large park without almost 600 spaces. We close space 33 on the south side, backed up to the trees to the west. We have a large yard and a table, the weather is mild so we'll be outside much of our time, reading, crafting, walking and touring. While the temperatures inland are tickling 100's we are in the low 70's. The fog most assuredly comes in each evening to cool things down quickly, we put on light weight jackets about 7 p.m.
The first weekend here was 4th of July, and the park had a crafts show at which, we were the only participants. But right after the show we put everything away and went to the beach. As we were getting ready for that, the power went off at 4:40 p.m., as it turns out, the whole towns power went out. It was a sub-station that went haywire. The beach had many, many people on it already and more were coming for the evening. We had to park a mile away. The fireworks show is NOT funded by the town, Literally thousands of families bring their own fireworks down to the beach and wait for dark to fall. It was mayhem and very exciting. We no sooner got home and the power came on, it was off for about 6 hours.