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Jun 15, 2014 - Coos Bay, OR.

Finally catching up on the blog. We are camped at a State Park. There is no phone service, no WIFI and no TV. What are the kids going to do? This also put the adults behind on the blog. We had to take a ride to get phone service so the kids could call their dad for Father's Day. It's actually not far to town...the coast is dedicated to the State Park system. We are at Sunset Beach State Park in Coos Bay on the Oregon Coast for the next two nights. We are just a short walk or quick bicycle ride to the beach. There are beautiful sandy...

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May 1, 2014 - Gulliver's Oregon Trail

Oregon is a great state. It is very RV friendly. Every beach is public. There are breath taking views around every corner and they pump the gas for you. Some of our Navy friends will remember when Coos Bay, Oregon had a small Naval Facility. I was never stationed there, but heard it was a great place. We decided to follow the coastal highway 101 through Oregon. Our first stop was Oceanside RV park in Charleston. It is just a few miles from the town of Coos Bay. Our campsite was just a few hundred feet from the beach, behind the dunes....

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Mar 28, 2014 - Oregon's Southern Coast.....Where the Sand Dunes Meet the Sea

The total coast of Oregon is open to the public at no charge. Much of it is hard to reach, but by law it is available. The coast is rugged, like California, and yet it has a personality all its own. In some coastal areas sand dunes hug the Pacific Ocean which makes riding dune buggys a popular activity. The state has done a marvelous job of establishing state parks with exceptional vistas. The waves are spectacular, the lighthouses picturesque, and parks and coastal towns are charming. South of Coos Bay is the town of Charleston, an old...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Leaving Coos Bay

Wednesday AM. 9/18 Hopped on our bikes and rode over to Sunset Bay beach area. Another smaller, but secluded beach that is set back inland so it is well protected by cliffs on both sides. This makes for calmer water. PM. All packed up and on the road traveling through Port Orford, Humbug Mountain, and landed at Gold Beach for the night. 2 Obervations: Hitch hiking and smoking are still very popular in this part of the country.

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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 - 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 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 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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