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Aug 23, 2017 - Sunset Beach state park

We left Cathy's house at 11:45 and headed out to the coast at Reedsport to go south on 101. We went to Coos Bay and took hwy 540 out towards the beaches. We found Sunset beach state park and managed to get one of the last sites. We had read about Simpson's reef at Cape Arago state park (only 2 miles away) and decided to go up to hear the sea lions. The mist had lifted so you could see all the sea lions, harbor seals, and elephant seals down on the rocks below. They sound like a giant dog kennel- non-stop barking the whole time. We found...

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Jul 18, 2016 - Charleston, OR - A Fun Day in Beautiful Bandon

(Ron Writing) It was cloudy yesterday (Sunday, July 17) and we had a little rain in the morning. We decided it would be a good day to stay home and relax. This morning we left our nice boondocking spot at about 10 AM after a breakfast of spam, eggs and rice. We headed north on 101 to Bandon, OR and took the Beach Loop Drive that runs right along the coast but is mostly through forested land with no views of the ocean. Our first stop was Face Rock State Park where we had a beautiful view of the coast and some rock islands with many birds...

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Jul 6, 2016 - Charleston, Oregon

Day 17 July 6th We all met for breakfast at Newport’s Pig ‘n Pancake. The place is described as having “hearty home-style breakfasts … at this classic diner chain. “ When our orders arrived at the table, each of us truly had “hearty” sized portions! After saying good-byes to Pete and Ann Marie, we got our motorhomes and headed further down the Oregon Coast on the 101. It was our final full-day traveling with Chuck and Kitty. We’d decided to visit the Heceta Head lighthouse north of Florence. Mary Anne and I have gone past it numerous times...

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Sep 18, 2015 - Charleston OR - Bastendorff Beach County Park Campground

Spent several days in the area of Coos Bay. Rog was hoping to go fishing here, but the guides were all booked up. You really needed a boat to fish even in the river, so that screwed things up for him. We did find a place with good seafood and clam chowder, so we went there for dinner a couple of times. Also visited some more Oregon lighthouses. The most popular one, Cape Blanco, was shrouded in fog, so we couldn’t really see it. Bummer! Ended up on one of the most uncomfortable roads of our trip while here. Nothing in all of Alaska compared...

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Retired at Last!

Jul 28, 2015 - Day 21

Five hours driving along the Oregon coast was a nail-biting experience. The road is narrow and very twisty. At some points you are driving along the edge of a cliff with no guard rail. From Vivian's seat the drop looked even more menacing. She thought we were going over a few times. But somehow we survived the drive and enjoyed the scenery. We left Neskowin and headed south. At times we were right along the coast with a view of beaches and crashing waves. The next moment the road would turn inward and climb into hills covered in spruce...

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Lay of the land

Jun 8, 2015 - Charleston/Coos Bay, OR

Update Monday 7/5/2015 4th of July beach photos added. ************************************************************************************* Yesterday after a 1 hour run we arrived at Oceanside RV Resort shortly after 1pm. After setup went to Fishermen's Wharf to get our dinner...yup, Dungeness crab!! Also picked up some 'sliders' (oysters) for an appetizer and a little smoked tuna just because. Temps in the mid 90's in inland Oregon but alot cooler here on the coast with temps in the 60's with Marine layer fog early in the day. A few...

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May 31, 2013 - Charleston, OR Day 2

Update May 12th, 2015 May 27th we head back to Coos Bay/Charleston arriving at Oceanside RV Park June 7th. If you have seen our previous entries you know how much we love the area. Really looking forward again to the fresh seafood, especially the Dungeness Crab, but did not know we had competition at our favorite local fish market like in the following link; Caught on camera trying to steal fish. ******************************************************************************** Took a little drive this morning, like 3 miles from our site, to...

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May 30, 2013 - Charleston - Coos Bay, OR

6-9-2013 - Updated photos (the series of last photos). We really enjoyed our stay on the Pacific at Brookings but it was time to move on. Last day there a rig pulled in that we have never seen before. Turns out it was a couple from Switzerland and they had their RV shipped over and were traveling North America...pretty cool. Took about 2:45 to make the 122 mile trip up the coast to Charleston. The 101 is right along the coast with great views of the ocean all the way up...not the fastest for travel but we are in no hurry. Oceanside RV...

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Jul 9, 2012 - Another Move - Another Beach

We wrapped up our week at Port Orford by just hanging around home, relaxing, doing laundry, and visiting with neighbors and Gordon. He is always so full of information . . . or bull, whatever you like to call it. :) Yesterday, I was sitting in the seat up front of the rig, enjoying my magazines, when I heard a soft tinkling sound. My subconscious mind was kind of trying to figure out what was making the sound, but it wasn't enough to interrupt my reading. Suddenly, Mimi, who was sitting with me, began to growl, which she never does. I...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Aug 12, 2011 - A Day Around Florence

August 12. Gene and Irmie left yesterday in the morning. Gail and I just took it easy around the RV for the rest of the day. After a day of rest and recuperation (R&R), Gail and I headed for the Siuslaw Museum. . Siuslaw is the name of the river that runs through Florence to the Atlantic Ocean. The museum contains many items of interest that relate to the history of the area. Not real big, but we spent over an hour inside roaming around. The main industries have not changed much since the 1800's. Logging and fishing are still the...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Around and About In Florence,Oregon

August 5. Today we made the short drive from Lakeside to Florence, Oregon. We set up the RV in the Elks lot on the main road through Florence. There are 17 sites here with water and electric. If we have to dump, we'll have to go about a mile to a city park to dump the waste. Our friends from PebbleCreek, Gene and Irmie Mahler, were already here and set up. Real nice seeing them again. August 6 Today we visited Old Town Florence with Gene and Irmie. We walked the pier and shopped in the Farmers Market along the pier. Following our...

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Aug 2, 2011 - Day trip to Charleston, Oregon

August 2 Today we took a side trip to Charleston which is a haven for crab fisherman. We visited the fishing docks and watched fishermen clean their daily catch of crabs. On the front of the dock is a monument to the lost fishermen from the local area. We then drove along the coast and visited three State Parks. First was Sunset Bay State Park which included a cove with a beautiful beach. Shore Acres State Park was next. This is one of the areas where tourists visit to whale watch during the whale yearly trek north and south along...

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