Things are a little busier in Oregon

This morning after a beach walk and breakfast we packed up and hit the road. Our first stop was to stretch our legs atFort Columbia. Then we had to cross the mouth of the river in to Oregon. We got stopped half way across due to road construction and Rosie made a new friend with the Flagger, she has been making lots of friends.

Once on the other side of the bridge we were in Astoria Oregon. Our first thing to find was the Goonies house, though when I saw the ‘home bakery’ I stopped for a treat and a half loaf of honey rye. Then it was back to the goonies mission. I had the address from Roadtrippers.com but 38th street was proving difficult to find. I finally decided to stop groceries at Safeway and ask directions. I stocked up on some Tillamook yogurt, cheese and butter. I also found out that the Goonies House is basically impossible to get to with the new owners, though the cashier felt the city should buy it as it’s such a tourist draw/ disappointment. She did recommend the Astoria Column, which was next on my list so off we went. Driving up,up,up, we parked and had a picnic lunch before tackling the 160 spiral stairs to the top of the column to take in the wrap around views. The kids had balsa wood gliders they’d bought at the gift shop to fly off the top. One kid had a stack so I asked him how much he’d spent. He said nothing he just picked them up out of the bushes…. smart kid. Rosie and I went for a walk before heading back down the hill.

Next was south on the 101 to Seaside. It had some outlet malls but it was too hot to shop and leave Rosie so we headed downtown. RV parking was easy to locate I also noticed lots of hotels with vacancy. We walked the busy promenade for a bit then walked up the Main Street past all the arcades and candy shops Rosie wasn’t allowed in so we headed south to Cannon Beach. We checked in to our fancy and expensive Cannon Beach RV Resort. We dropped off the trailer then headed out to explore. We went up to Ecola state park to take in the view while the fog was lifted, then down through town to walk the beach at Haystack Rock. It had cooled enough to leave Rosie in the car while I grabbed dinner. It was no frills but excellent seafood at Ecola Seafood market. I wondered in to a few shops made note of a few more I want to visit in the morning as they were closed. I’d been hoping for a sunset at Haystack but the fog had rolled back in. I briefly considered the 8 mile drive back to seaside but decided I’d rather go back to my RV Resort and make use of the adult only hours at the indoor pool and hot tub.

Odometer start of day: 760.4

Odometer end of day:

Wildlife sightings:  zip zilch nada

Fibreglass Egg sightings: zip zilch nada the further south we go the rarer they seem.

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On the road again

Although we didn’t have the alarm set we woke up early. We enjoyed a free but cold shower and a short dog walk before packing up camp. We headed for downtown Ocean City, which is definitely not a city, and checked out some chain saw carvings before cutting back to the 101. We pulled in to Aberdeen around 10:30 it’s bigger than I like with the trailer attached and all the one way streets are confusing. Ther was a 1.4 mile looping trail that I wanted to find it had a nice write  up in our ‘Dog lovers Companion to the Pacific Northwest’. The fact that many streets ar not labeled with signs makes Aberdeen even more frustrating. We found the park and enjoyed the walk that reminded us of home. It was hot and grey in Aberdeen not much else caught our eye so we hit the road for Raymond.

Raymond is more my cup of tea. It’s smaller with metal art sculptures all over. The animal ones confused Rosie but I enjoyed driving around looking at some and walking around to look at others. It was lunch time and I usually eat lunch out when I’m on the road. There was a roadside diner that caught my eye but it was jam packed, usually a great sign but tricky when towing a trailer and having to leave the dog in the car. I kept heading south. I was looking for a place to pullover and make my own lunch when I stumbled across a great fish and chips food cart in South Bend a biker named Richard asked to join my table and talked about the scamp he use to own, but now he lives in a 40 foot toy hauler. We traded travel stories and he gave me recommendations if I ever decide to take a road trip down the Baja coast of Mexico.

We were on the road again enjoying the scenery watching out for the Cranberry bogs of the area. The ones we saw were pretty but no where to pullover for a photo. We cruised in to Long Beach to get the lay of the land and snap some photos before backtracking and heading over to Cape Dissapointment. We checked in to our expensive but nice site. It was $40 plus$8 reservation feels about $70 Canadian for the night with no hook ups. We walked the beach for a bit before I left Rosie in the cool shaded trailer and went back to Longbeach to explore. I was in awe of the tourist emporium that is Marsh’s Free Museum. There was just way too much to take in. I found the worlds largest frying pan. I checked out some of the tourist shops all offering the same thing t-shirts, key chains, shells and salt water taffy…. so much taffy and  candy in general…. I ended up getting my treat at Scoops as the waffle cone smell wafted down the street and smelled amazing. I enjoyed salted Carmel pretzel it was delishes. I went out to the beach to watch the cars driving on it but I didn’t take the Subaru out.

Then it was back to the trailer. I picked up Rosie and we went out to see the North Head Lighthouse which is the oldest on the West Coast unfortunately it’s under construction and fog had rolled in so it wasn’t as photogenic. There was a nice view back towards the beach and I was surprised you couldn’t pick out the campground as the tree coverage isn’t that dense. We headed back for some dinner and reading before bed.

Odometer start of day 540.2

Odometer end of day 760.4

Wildlife sightings: 3 deer in cape disappointment State Park

Fibreglass Egg sightings: a 13 ft scamp in south bend and a 17 ish foot Burro in line to check in to Cape disappointment.

A lazy day 

 

A lazy day Well since we arrived a day early at Pacific Beach State Park we got to enjoy a lazy day of R&R today. Including knitting, colouring, beach walks and exploring the shops and sites of tiny Pacific Brach. Including an amazing cookie at Surf House Espresso. Our biggest effort we had to make today was moving from our beach side site across the road to our pre-reserved electric site.

After posting this we Went 1.8 miles up the road to the trendy resort community of Seabrook. It was a happening little place but I preferred the quieter pace of Pacific Beach. We did find a fun little pet store.

We decided to set up some glamping decor for dinner but it was too windy for candle light dining.

After dinner we went for a sunset beach stroll to fly the kite followed by a small fire. I love my ‘little red campfire’ it makes solo bonfires super easy.

Odometer start of day 520.4

Odometer end of day 540.2

Wildlife sightings: a few shore birds but not even many of those.

Fibreglass Egg sightings: a few more seabirds, mostly gulls.

South down the 101

Well today we covered a fair amount of ground. Our morning started bright and early at 4:30 am. We had to be ready for customs inspection at 5:10 and I wanted to take Rosie for a morning walk prior to the inspection, so we got up and headed out for a morning stroll through sleepy James Bay. We returned and awaited our inspection which went smoothly. After loading the ferry I remembered how much I loved the Coho. It’s like riding BC ferries back in the 80s where there were benches to sleep on. My plan was to nap on the ferry and charge my devices. I ended up with a prime bench / table combo with electrical outlet, however a chatty couple from Ashland Oregon joined me and I didn’t get any napping done. We arrived in port Angeles just after 8am and the plan was to check out Joann’s fabrics as it was the last day of a sale. It didn’t open till 10 so we hit up Walmart for some dairy and fruit and a look around. There were lots of RVs that had spent the night. We found a fabric section in Walmart and ended up getting a bunch. Rosie and I went for a short walk befor hitting up Joann’s and hitting the road. We did see a quilt shop and stopped to see if they have row by row but they were closed.
We headed out South West on the 101 to start the adventure and find a place to camp for the night. I was thinking Forks area but decided to skip La Push as I’ve been there before it was noon when I arrived in Forks we went to the visitor centre and saw that the Twilight fame is still flocking tourists. We got another picture of Bella’s truck and did a look on their dog walking trial. They recommended Pacific Pizza when I asked for something quick and with trailer friendly parking. Parking was easy however I was frustrated with the restaurant. They had pizza by the slice and a salad bar which would have been quick but I though ordering a small pizza and taking it over to the picnic site I’d past seemed like a more Rosie friendly idea. I ordered the pizza she said it would be 20 minutes so I said I’d be back in 15 I was just letting the dog out. It wasn’t too hot out I just like to check on her. When I returned I asked if mine was ready and was told not yet… I waited and waited watching numerous people order pizza by the slice. Then someone orders the same pizza as me for eating in. It was ready in about 10 minutes, I was still waiting and was now quite frustrated. I inquired again if mine was ready and was told no. I would have left and gone elsewhere but they have you prepay. I finally was about to ask for my money back as it had been close to 40 minutes when she went and checked. Mine was ready and when she handed it over it was luke warm at best it had definitely been sitting under a warming lamp. I told them I was unimpressed and took it. Rosie and I had a lovely picnic of cold pizza that tasted good at least. Then we were back on the road.
We stopped briefly at Ruby Beach but it was too busy for Rosie and I so we kept on going.
We passed a few campgrounds by beaches that were all full, I was a little worried where I’d sleep tonight. We went for a beach walk at 1st beach and then continued on the road.
We kept going until we reached the turn off for 109 and headed out towards Pacific Beach State Park where I had reservations for tomorrow. I was hopeful that it might have space as it’s off the 101. We arrived at 4:45 just after they closed the office at4:30. There was two sites listed as available when I saw that the first one was still free I took it without checking the other out. It was a beautiful beach side site. We set up camp and walked the beach then had a nap in our lounger before dinner. Then it was another beach walk and watching the sunset before bed. Life is good.
Odometer start of day 232.5

Odometer end of day 520.4

Wildlife sightings: do seagulls and shore birds count?

Fibreglass Egg sightings: one scamp on the 101 just outside of Port Angeles.

On the road again. 

Well we are on our next adventure Rosie and I headed south today with #dornytheboler. We stopped in Deep Bay for lunch with mom and a walk on the beach before driving non stop to Victoria. I’d planned on stopping but just kept on driving. I arrived in Victoria at around 4pm but couldn’t check in until 7:30 so I had some time to kill. After living in Victoria for a total of about 7 years I knew that it wasn’t RV friendly. I stopped first at tillicum mall to use the restroom and take Rosie for a bathroom break on the trails there. Then we decided to venture through downtown and out to Dallas Rd for a walk along the water.

 

 

As I drove through Victoria I was constantly surprised by all the changes. I was happy to find some easy boler friendly parking and we went for a walk along the waterway. I decided to grab a ice cream cone at Beacon hill drive in before heading over to Blackball Ferry to check in for the night. Free camping right downtown Victoria after parking for the night we went for a stroll along the inner harbour enjoying all the buskers. Then it was back to the trailer for a bit of reading before bed as it will be an early morning.
Odometer start of day 0.0 km

Odometer end of day 232.5

Wildlife sightings: a bald headed eagle down the beach at deep bay that Rosie insisted on chasing and a few seagulls including one eating an ice cream cone at beacon hill drive in.

Fibreglass Egg sightings: 2 bolers and an outback on Hwy 19 and one blue and white boler on Mckenzie Ave in Victoria.

Last Trip of the Season 

it’s hard to believe I haven’t camped since the last night of my epic roadtrip at the beginning of August. I guess I was enjoying the luxury of a queen bed and hot shower. Yesterday as the sun was shining I decided to take the girls and George 2.0


for a short Roadtrip to Rathtrevor provincial park in parksville.


We lucked out with fall camping rates of $11 per night. Though the water pumps and shower house are all locked off. We scored an awesome site and I had no problems backing in.

We were attached to a short trail to the beach. The girls and I took advantage of it before even setting up camp


    

After setting up camp we let Huuna nap in the car while Rosie and I explored some more.


    

We settled in for the night and I was worried fall camping without a furnace would be chilly so I packed fleece pjs, and a wool blanket in addition to my down duvet in the boler and let Rosie sleep on the bed, Huuna chose not to. I was completely wrong twice I woke up sweating hot. The first time I made Rosie get down as she is like a space heater. The 2nd time I took off the wool blanket. Mid October camping in Dorny the Boler was a success. We were even greeted by an amazing sunrise this morning before the rains rolled in.


Everything that could go wrong 

our day started at 12:45 am when our ferry docked at Duke Point in Nanaimo we drove to moms and arrived at 2am. We unloaded a few things and went to bed in the house. I was up at 6:45am for Huuna medicine but went back to bed. I was pretty spoiled mom took the dogs for a walk and I slept till almost 11. Mom also spoiled me by doing some of my laundry.

We tried to go to Tidal Taco for lunch but they were closed so we went back to moms for lunch and a walk with the girls. Huuna insisted on taking Uncle Muskie’s trail to the beach.



We spent the day hanging out and relaxing. After the tide came in I took the girls swimming and gave Huuna a bath as she was a bit smelly.

After dinner we drove home and parked Dorny in the driveway.

The trip was so close to 10,000 klm I felt like maybe I should drive around a bit but I didn’t.

Fred was pretty happy to see us. Though I think she was pretty spoiled by the house sitter.

All trip long people would ask about what went wrong? Honestly the the answer is nothing. Yes I lost George which was sad for sentimental reasons but it was a 14 year old stuffed toy that I won in a vending machine back in 2001 so in the grand scheme not a big issue.

Before heading out on a roadtrip that was scheduled to be 9000+ klm long I had some concerns but tried to prepare for everything that could go wrong. I had my mechanic Daryl, whome I trust and would recommend to anyone, go over the car with a fine tooth comb. My uncle Brian helped prep the Boler and check it out. The auto shop teacher at the local high school taught me to pack the bearings and got me a good deal on spare bearings just in case Id need to replace them on the road. I purchased and carried bear spray. Mom even had me write a will just incase something went drastically wrong.

I did as much research as I could. I fully expected a flat tire so made sure I had a good spare for both car and trailer and the tools to change a tire. I also expected a chipped windshield but read that crazy glue or packing tape can be a temporary fix to keep your windshield from cracking so packed both. I had everything I thought I’d need.

I had 3 big fears before leaving:

1. The 6 bolts that hold the fiberglass ‘egg’ on the frame would give out and the egg would bounce off as I was driving down a gravel road.

2. I’d have major mechanical issues, I’d be stranded and my budget would be competly blown.

3. That while out on the trails with the dogs we’d run into a Grizzly and one or all of us might get severely injured or even killed.

But I’m happy to report that out of everything that could go wrong nothing did go wrong. I didn’t want to write earlier and jinx myself but really other than loosing George there were no issues. No chipped windshield, no flat tire, no bouncing egg, no mechanical issues (just an over priced scheduled oil change in Whitehorse) and no meetings with Grizzlies, just a missing stuffed monkey.

Now for a little PVR time before unpacking and putting everything away. I’ll also need to thoroughly clean both Roo and Dorny.

Am odometer 9823.3

Pm odometer 9954.2

Wildlife sightings: none.

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