Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Stopped here to see the dunes...

The fog was moving in...

The sun is being covered by fog...

It got fairly dark quickly...

Ocean on our left, dunes on the right...

It felt really damp...

ATV'er top right...

He's having fun...

Wish we could do this...maybe another day

Coos Bay Bridge

Taken from Coos Bay Bridge looking out into the bay, this is...

One quick stop...

Onyx wants to see too...

View out the door...

So pretty...

Wish we could stay longer...

Movin' down the road...

I want to walk along here...

And here...

One last stop before we arrive...

What a view...

See the silver ribbon?

Awesome...

Such a beautiful drive today...


It's moving day today, no rain, but a little foggy. We will be traveling only about 90 miles down the coast to the town of Brookings. So, there won't be too many pictures in this post as we can't do too many pullouts with the rig. I am also running a few days behind with the dates on the posts as this is actually Friday the 13th.

When you leave the town of Florence headed South on 101 your trip takes you more inland. I was disappointed in that, because the map makes it appear you will be driving along the ocean all the way. It wasn't far off to our right, but definitely out of view. So, we meandered along through the small communities of Gardiner, Reedsport, etc. traveling along the 47-mile-long Oregon Dunes National Recreation area. We caught some pics of this guy having a great ride on the dunes & wished we had time to rent a couple for ourselves. Took a quick picture of the Coos Bay Bridge & the train trestle that crosses the bridge out in the middle. There is a large portion they swing back & forth to allow ships to pass when it is not closed for the trains. Pretty cool...

We rushed past the Gold Beach area as it was getting late, but we will be coming back later in the week, so I held my tongue in check! Lots here I want to see.

From this point on, the view was spectacular! Wow...I am going to have a ball here!

There was a nice pullout area at the Lone Ranch Beach area, so I got to snap a few quick pics. The sun was glistening on the water like a big silver ribbon, right on the edge of the horizon. These pictures just don't do it justice! It was so beautiful.

Poor Larry, I am sure he got tired of "oh honey, stop, please honey stop, oh my goodness honey, you just have to stop!" He very nicely told me over & over, "I'm sorry honey there is no place long enough for us, I can't just stop this on a dime, there is a line of traffic, etc." Excuses, excuses!! Just kidding...

The kids have promised to take us for all the sightseeing we can stand while we are here & I will get lots of photo opportunities. And Larry needs to go back to see what he missed while he had his eyes glued to the road.

Have I mentioned lately that he does a fabulous job of chauffeuring Onyx & I around? He is a very good driver. We usually share the driving, but not on this narrow, winding road.

Ok, so we arrive in Brookings & check out the first RV park. Pass. On to the next. Pass. The 3rd one has some possibilities. Now remember I said it was Friday the 13th. (An unlucky date?)

Larry gets out to talk to the owner about a site. Onyx & I are patiently waiting in the truck. He & Loretta (the owner of the Driftwood Park) come out & motion for me to join them. The keys are in the ignition, my purse is on the floor with the spare set & you guessed it. Onyx, in her happiness to see her dad starts jumping up & down on the window ledge, & voila, we are locked out of our vehicle!! NICE...

$40 later (the locksmith) & dusk upon us, Onyx made the final decision on where we are going to stay! Ok, we are a block from the Brooking's Harbor Port & the beach, so this will be our home for at least the next 10 days. We will be finding out what the keycode on our door is at the Ford dealership Monday morning! We bought the truck with 19,000 miles on it & never knew what the code was. We will now! Just think, this could have happened at any stop we made along the way out in the middle of nowwhere! Maybe this will prevent this from happening to one of you!!

Time to get set up & call the kids...we are so anxious to see them all.

Tom & Don both came over within minutes. They were waiting for their dads call all day. Hugs & kisses all around, showed them our new home, visited awhile trying to catch up just a little & decided we were starving. So, guess what we had for dinner? Mexican food!! Bet you aren't surprised. Larry has built in radar. It was very good I have to admit. So, with full tummies & hugs goodnight we hit the sack looking forward to seeing the rest of the family & some sights tomorrow. Good night...



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