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Sep 17, 2013 - Dunes, dunes, for as far as the eye can see

Tuesday. 9/17 Mike was itching to get out on those massive dunes and so we rented a Razor side be side unit and got goin! It was like a si phi movie; driving up and down mountains of sand and never seeing other signs human life forms. Kinda creepy but a blast too. The afternoon had more of a feminine vibe. The Coos Bay botanicals gardens. They are in a beautiful setting just down from our camp site. It was by far the best garden we have ever seen. In addition to every flower know to man displayed in an English garden setting there were...

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Sep 16, 2013 - Sunset Bay SP

Monday, 9/16 Traveled about 50 miles to Coos Bay. Found a great place in the Sunset Bay State park. Explored the area around the park and found many wonderful lookouts for sea lion watching. Probably millions of them make the rocks just off shore their home. You wouldn't even know they were there except they never stop barking. There are also some great hiking trails that take you through the forest and along the cliffs for more awesome views. And of course we enjoyed the wonder of the day's end for which this beach is is named. An Ocean...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Magnificent Shore Acres State Park!

Wonderful, totally blessed day! Not only did we have a fantastic walk on Bastendorf Beach (without fog or cloud cover), but the afternoon proved to be equally sunny! After walking, I drove Jim back to the RV park because for some reason, he just did not want to go to the "flower garden" with me! Can you imagine?? Shore Acre Park is a must-see if you are in the Coos Bay / Charleston area. Oh my golly! It is a gardener's dream (and I'm nowhere near a gardener)! Shore Acre has quite a romantic history. A shipping magnet (or logging, I forget...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Bastendorf State Park morning walk

Started the day with an invigorating walk along Bastendorf Beach -- in sunshine, no less. Love the white sandy beach! And pristine?....Like a push broom swept it clean and smooth! There's even a cove to explore on one end of the beach though it must be reached at low tide. (We were a tad late for it this morning.) From the opposite end, I could make out a distant lighthouse, but even when we drove out, we couldn't find a road to it. Bastendorf is a state park. We've never stayed there, but my friends Jim and Nomi have for many years and...

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Aug 19, 2013 - John Topits Park for a Morning Jog

Just a kick back day, mostly hanging out at the RV Park. Warm afternoon temps but ultra high winds about noon. We did take a walk this morning, however. The photos above give a pretty good idea of the view. It's only a two mile circuit, so we doubled that to get in four. Tried to catch the sunset at Bastendorf State Park, but drove up just as the orange globe ducked into the cold Pacific at 8:13 p.m. Ideal conditions! No clouds or fog to obstruct the view. We'll get there earlier next time.

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Aug 18, 2013 - Coos Bay and Mills Hotel / RV Park

Good news: we made it to Coos Bay, safe and sound, and Jim is satisfied with the cable channels. (He'd felt misled at the last park because we'd originally been handed a list of about 30 channels, but when we checked in, they'd admitted to a recent cut to Basic.) He's been suffering from Fox News withdrawal! The bad news now is that wifi isn't working at the new park. Well, not more than a minute. However, all is not lost! We are staying at Mills Casino RV Park where all hotel amenities are included. Just a short jaunt from the RV park to...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Charleston, OR

Today we drove to Simpson Bay. Saw more beautiful views of the ocean, beaches and rocks. Also saw and heard many sea lions. Drove through the fishing port of Charleston, OR. Many fishing boats and places to purchase fresh fish. There were 2 canneries there where they really canned the local tuna and salmon. We ended up buying 2 dungeoness crabs. They are so good. We really have been getting our fill of crab here, so now I have a legitimate reason for being crabby! I really like Oregon. It is illegal to pump your own fuel here. The state...

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Jul 29, 2013 - Coos Bay OR

Yesterday we drove a short distance to South Beach State Park, OR. OR has so many parks along the ocean with camping it is great. We visited Nye's Beach and visited a really neat art gallery all done by locals. I'm already kicking my butt for not making a purchase. We went to Old Town which was right on the bay. Lots of fishing boats and commercial processing plants for crab and fish. Watched a guy crabbing and he pulled in a pink starfish about 16". It was really unusual. We ate a pizza place which was like a hole in the wall with a wood...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Coos Bay, Oregon

We are sitting in beautiful Coos Bay, Home of Coos Beer! What!!! Where is Colorado?? OK maybe I'm a little turned around, but the bay is beautiful and we chose Coos Bay for a little R&R and to rest up from our vacation? We are attending an RV Jamboree sponsored by a major dealer in the northwest, we saw all the display coaches they brought including several Newmar products. On Wednesday we took a long drive (24 miles) up the Coos river, in order to hike up to a couple of water falls. Both were pretty nice, but I would love to see them in...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Coos Bay, Oregon

We spent four days in Coos Bay Oregon. We took a few days off for shopping, Motorhome maintenance/cleaning and some downtime. On the third day Harold and I drove 25 miles into the woods and took three short hikes to two different waterfalls. One of the trails went to the bottom of Silver Falls. Golden, the other Falls, had a trail to the bottom of the Falls and a trail to the top of the Falls. Given that it is late Summer- versus Spring or early Summer, the water volume over the falls was not all that heavy, but we still enjoyed the views....

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Jun 16, 2013 - Oregon Sand Dunes

We drove along the Oregon coast today, stopping to check out some tide pools along the way. Early afternoon we reached Coos Bay, a town famous for the huge sand dunes you can ride on. Of course we couldn’t pass up this opportunity! Ryan rented an ATV while Russell, Sammy and I chose a 4 seater Razor dune buggy. The dunes were awesome to ride on! In the area we rode, the dunes were over 100 feet high in some places! Ryan loved riding up them on the ATV! Our stop for the night was just over the Oregon/California boarder in Crescent City,...

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Jun 12, 2013 - Coos Bay to Florence

Visited Coos Bay to explore, we found a farmer's market. We found out that Coos Bay is the largest port for wood products. On the way back we visited the Umpqua River Lighthouse (this is the sister lighthouse to the Heceta Lighthouse north of Florende), It was the first lighthouse in the Oregon Territory and was built in 1857. Winchester a small town on the Umpqua river with a very large marina (full during the summer and fall, We stopped in the Historic town of Gardiner (lumber related). Gardiner established in 1850 when the Schooner...

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