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Jun 11, 2014 - South Beach, OR

June 3 thru June 11 On June 3rd we arrived at the Whalers Rest Thousand Trails Park in South Beach, OR, our home for the next eight days. South Beach is a small unincorporated community about 2 miles south of Newport. We found the park to be very crowded; not with RVs, but with trees and shrubs. A little trivia: nearly half of Oregon’s total area is forested – close to 30 million acres. Newport is a lovely small city of nearly 10,000 people and as of August 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration moved its base for...

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Jun 3, 2014 - Moving on to Oregon

June 1, 2nd and our drive on the Pacific Coast Highway (OR 101) on June 3rd Our next two stops were just overnighters. The first night was at the Old Orchard RV Park in Orland, CA. This is a small park laid out as a circle so all sites are pull-thru but our site was 30 amp with no sewer; our version of roughing it. As we enter a new state we get exposed to its cultural differences, in this case the fact that Oregon has no sales tax (could get used to this) and it is illegal to pump your own gas (this will take getting used to). The first...

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Nov 1, 2011 - TTN Whalers Rest

The 126 miles from Seaside to South Beach (south of Newport) took 3 hours and 22 minutes. Anytime one drives along Hwy 101 it is going to be slow, due to all the curves and traffic. We're just glad we did not have to make this drive in the summer when, as I'm told, it could take an hour or more just to get through Lincoln City, due to all the traffic! But this drive was easy, quick and beautiful along the coast in the rain, fog and mist. Shortly after check in at Thousand Trails Whalers Rest ranger station, we found the best (well, one of...

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May 7, 2010 - South Beach, OR - TT Whaler's Rest - Part 3

We had a second day without rain so we went to the local aquarium. It was very interesting. They had huge starfish, jellyfish, sharks, sea otters, sea lions, an octopus, crabs, and birds that swim. We still haven't seen any whales. Whales are migrating to Alaska with their calves for the summer months so we keep looking for the spouts but haven't had any luck yet. When we head out of here, Don and Vicki will stay on the coast and Dan and I will head toward Mt Saint Helen's.

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May 6, 2010 - South Beach, OR - TT Whaler's Rest - Part 2

It has been cold and rainy most of our stay but we managed to have fun with Don and Vicki. We haven't done much outside because of the weather. Dan and I went for a walk on the beach while the sun came out for a few hours. Don (as usual) found a few places to go for happy hour. Moby Dick's was a bit of a hole in the wall but had a shuffle board. Vicki and I beat Dan and Don and had lots of fun doing it. The second place had better food and better prices. Since it continued to rain, we decided to go bowling one afternoon. Dan and I hadn't...

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Dan & Dee's Travels

Apr 27, 2010 - South Beach, OR - TT Whaler's Rest

We awoke to lots of rain. Dan was really worried about being stuck in the mud so he jumped out of bed bright and early. We always said we would never travel in weather like this. That we would just change our schedule and leave the next day. Well it is supposed to rain for the next 4 days and this place already has lots of standing water. We think it is much better to get out of here in the bad weather than risk being stuck in the mud. We pulled right out of the spot as if we were on a concrete pad. Dan was really happy. He was still...

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Dan & Dee's Travels

Jul 28, 2009 - Hatfield Marine Science Center

The Mark Hatfield Marine Science Center is located just beyond the Aquarium here in Newport/South Beach. The complex houses the Center, EPA, NOAA, the Oregon and US Fish & Wildlife Offices, and the Oregon National Wildlife Refuge offices. It is a teaching center, a research center, and a venue for the public to learn about oceans, estuaries, tide pools, underwater volcanos, and new technology such as wave energy. In addition to volunteers inside to answer questions about the center's varied fields of study, each day there is an interactive...

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Ron & Jane's Travels

Jul 10, 2009 - Last drive on Oregon coast

Last day in Oregon We drove into Newport, took some pictures of the historic district that we had visited night before with June and Marvin and the restaurant that we ate at. Food wasn’t the best we’ve had, and portions did allow us to leave without feeling stuffed…but it had a certain pizzaz that was interesting. Newport has a WalMart and a Fred Meyer (WalMart competition in the west…and in Alaska). This was the first WalMart I’ve ever seen with it’s parking lot barely half full. On the other hand, Fred Meyer’s was packed. It really is a...

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Jul 9, 2009 - Beautiful Oregon Coast

After four days of being hosted, toured, overfed by our friends in CA, we headed for Oregon. Stayed first night in Gold Beach, a pretty coastal town. We arrived the same day that June and Marvin left, then they stayed over in South Beach to wait for us the next evening. If you are getting June's Journal, you can see that we are driving the same places, though we haven't done as much sightseeing as they do. They actually visited this lighthouse, and the seal shore that we passed by. The Oregon coast is absolutely breathtaking...maybe even...

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Apr 19, 2009 - California to Oregon with a Light House Stop in Between

Sunday, April 19, 2009. Whaler's Rest Leisure Time Resort, South Beach, OR California to Oregon with a Light House Stop in Between Tom worked until 4:00 this morning so we slept until he was ready to get up. I'm sure he would have liked to have slept even later too. We drove from Klamath up to Cape Blanco Light House today. We didn't drive all the way up the lighthouse drive because we weren't sure if there would be room to turn the rig around so we walked the last bit. It was good exercise and gets the wiggles out after you've been on...

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Aug 23, 2008 - South Beach OR

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a first class venue, and with its ever-changing exhibits it is a venue you can return to year after year--just as we did! The Oregon Coast Aquarium's newest changing exhibit. Oddwater takes a look at some of the most bizarre life forms in the ocean and shows how their unusual adaptations help them survive. The exhibit combines marine biology and art with glass blown by a nearby studio inside the displays and life-size murals of the ocean’s larger oddities. Some of the exhibits are interactive, such as the...

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Ron & Jane's Travels

Nov 15, 2007 - Leaving Salem Oregon for the Coast

We left our friends in Salem yesterday and headed west to begin our trek down the Pacific Coast Highway. It was around 4 pm when we arrived here... not our true destination as we did not travel as far down the coast as I had hoped, but a beautiful state partk nonetheless. Last night we walked about 1/3 mile from our camper on a bike path through pine trees and sand to reach the ocean. Although it was cloudy, we still got to see the sun set over the Pacific. The area reminds me of Cape Cod a bit. It was even a balmy 55 degrees which was a...

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