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Jul 19, 2018 - A little of this - a little of that

North Bend, OR We have previously been to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. It is a wonderful place - people play in the sand, slide down huge dunes and just generally have a great time. We had expected a similar experience in 40-mile long Oregon Dunes National Park and spent quite a bit of time trying to locate such an experience before we realized Oregon Dunes is devoted to ATV’s and Sand Bugs. Our objection to sharing with them is 1) their machines are very noisy, taking away from the experience of being with nature; 2) their...

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Jul 18, 2018 - Blown away

North Bend, OR We have a fair amount of wind in Nebraska but nothing compared to what we experienced on a couple of the exposed beaches today. We had gone to Bullards Beach to check out both the beach and Coquille River Lighthouse. We forced our way against the wind to the end of the jetty as the fog was rolling in. It was surreal. We ended up coated in a layer of very, very fine sand. Jim says it is even in his ears. The wind also blew us off of the beach at Seven Devils State Park - not the wind so much as the sand driven by the wind....

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Jul 17, 2018 - Seals and surf

North Bend, OR This was a day of parks - Sunset Bay, Shore Acres, Simpson’s Reef and Cape Arago. We were able to see over 200 seals and sea lions. They mingle together on the same rocks. Northern Elephant seals are often mistaken for logs; they are the largest and deepest diving – usually to about 1,700’ but researchers have recorded dive depths of 5,015’. Males can weigh up to 2 ½ tons. Harbor seals are light to dark gray with contrasting spots. Stellar sea lions are light brown when they are dry but they are quite playful and like to play...

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Jul 16, 2018 - Cobra Lily

North Bend, OR Darlingtonia State Natural Site is the only Oregon state park property dedicated to the protection of a single plant species, the carnivorous Darlingtonia californica. Also called a cobra lily, the rare, strangely-shaped plants in this little garden of multi-colored horrors (for insects), have yellowish green hooded leaves that form erect, 10 - 20“-high hollow tubes. On top, the leaves are often purplish mottled with transparent areas. A hidden opening into the stalk is bordered by a large, green, mustache-shaped appendage...

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Sep 18, 2015 - North Bend, OR

As this adventure starts with our McKenzie Int'l Travel Club Rally, we head out down I-5 to Drain, OR exit, taking state hwy. 38 to Hwy 101 to North Bend, OR and The Mill Casino RV Park. Our Rally starts on Monday, September 21, 2015, but with Dale and I officers of the club and actually helping with this year's Rally, we got there early. Eventually 30 other rigs joined us for a fun-filled week of renewed friendships and fun. Special thanks to Larry & Diane Evans for heading up this Rally and to Loren & Kathleen Koller for their added help...

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Balloon Fiesta 2015

Sep 14, 2015 - North Bend OR – Siuslaw National Forest - Bluebill Campground

Back in the Siuslaw National Forest, we spent the night in the Oregon Sand Dunes. There were a lot of off-road vehicles in the area, but our campground was nice and quiet. Seems the OHV’s (off-highway vehicles) weren’t allowed on the side of the road our campground was on. I was glad of that because those things can be really loud.

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Retired at Last!

Aug 28, 2015 - North Bend, Oregon

We stayed at the Mill Casino RV Park in North Bend. They have full hook ups and even a free shuttle to the casino. We stopped in there one night and played about 15 minutes and came out $12 ahead and we left. It is not our cup of tea. They had a fantastic buffet dinner there for the kick off of this part of our trip. On Thursday we went to the Shore Acres State Botanical Gardens. There were lots of flowers but the roses were exceptional. We could walk from there to a place where we could view the majestic coast with the water crashing on...

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Jul 12, 2015 - Oregon the Beautiful. Good to be here...but it's not for long

We finally hit home plate. Oregon has a section they call the Oregon Outback and it is quite surprising. We fell off the cliff that was Nevada and the Great Basin into a valley. It was quite striking. 6-8 degrees down. And no guardrails. Fremont the next great explorer after Louis and Clark turns out was also struck by the contrast of the cliff and valley or basin below. The lake in the basin evaporates in this white cloud of reverse rain. We weren't sure what it was as it looked like something was kicking it up like ATVs or smoke...but...

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Jun 17, 2015 - We left home. Again

I know, we just got home. But Laura Ingalls (the book, not the show) waits for no man and neither does Aunty Ba when she needs a shed. So off we go! Really we just needed a good excuse to dust off Big Green. Our first stop brings us to Mark and Julie's in Sisters, Oregon. This is about 4 hours away, but it is very different from the coast. It has volcanic mountains. With snow. Now. It has lava fields, craters, and lava bolders casually strewn about. It is high desert, which I believe to be incongruous with Oregon, and should not be allowed,...

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May 25, 2015 - and back. What just happened!

After full circle Iceland, it's full circle back to home plate. Shazam! Were we really gone for almost two months? Where did all that time go? The take-aways: 1. God is so good. We have been blessed beyond our wildest imagination to have these experiences. Wow. 2. Icelanders eat whale and puffin. Why Why? We will send you some more cows! 3. We are thankful for everything going so smoothly and all your prayers! 4. Returnables are: Azores, Florence, Venice, Germany, Iceland. At least! 5. We are thankful to be home! Back to yard work and...

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Oct 14, 2014 - North Bend, OR

We took Hwy 126 into Springfield, Eugene and then through Veneta to Florence and down to North Bend. We stayed at the Mill Casino RV Park where we will be hosting with two other couples, the 2015 McKenzie Int'l Travel Club Rally. Here we met Larry and Diane Evans, to get some planning done for the Rally. Great meeting with the Casino Rep and had everything lined out for our Rally. She made it so simple and we are really looking forward to holding the Rally at this facility. Because our plans got changed from going to CA, our annual "booze"...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Back to North Bend

Although the weather forecast was for rain, when we left Arcata this morning, the sun was shining, the skies were blue, and it was hard to imagine winter anywhere, never mind the direction in which we were heading. A stop at Lagoon Park rest area, just north of Klamath Oregon, was an opportunity to grasp one last moment of Northern California weather. The lagoon is just a small pond but it used to be a Yurok village site and it was easy to imagine why they picked it--not far from the ocean, but sheltered from the wild weather, with lots of...

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