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Jul 4, 2019 - Coos Bay, OR

We just left Coos Bay after two weeks. Coos Bay is a small town on the Southern Oregon Coast. It is not as we envisioned it - a small coastal hamlet as one would find along the Maine Coast. Rather this is a small busy city with what appears to be a focus on logging. There are huge lumber yards with sawdust piles more than 50 feet high. While here, we explored the coast visiting several lighthouses and the Sea Lion Caves. The coast itself is dramatic with its high cliffs and rock formations below with the waves crashing around them. It was...

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Apr 5, 2018 - Honeyman State Park

Today we drove along the southern part of the Oregon coast, stopping whenever we took a notion and something looked interesting. Saw some of the most beautiful coastline we have come across, and that is saying some. Made me want to dig out my oil paints when I get home. We’ll see if the urge survives the trip back, but I got some good photos to work from just in case. We were getting low on fuel and had not come across any in a couple of small towns, so Sam pulled off the main road and asked a couple of men standing on the sidewalk and...

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Trip Journal

National Parks Tour

Sep 21, 2017 - Viewed Seals on Simpson’s Reef

September 21- Viewed Seals on Simpson’s Reef It stopped raining as we traveled down the road from the campground is Cape Arago State Park with a view of Simpson Reef and the 4 kinds of seals that rest and bark there. I used my 70-300 telephoto lens to zoom in on the hundreds of seals on the island. The tan colored seals North Atlantic Seals and the outer ring of the smaller, darker seals are California Seals. We left the campground in the afternoon to video a better movie of the seals and to go to the end of Cape Arago to get cell phone...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Travel to Coos Bay and Sunset Bay State Park

September 20 – Travel to Coos Bay and Sunset Bay State Park Our alarm clock this morning was a pre-dawn thunder storm with hail that tapped on our roof for many minutes. The hail was the size of peas so I think our solar panels probably were not affected. We visited the beach for the last time and then hooked up the car in the rain. The drive south on Rt. 101 was curvy but scenic. We stopped at Cape Kiwanda to view the 327’ sea stack as we passed through Pacific City. Our Sunset Bay State Park campground is unique in that the campsites are...

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Aug 25, 2016 - Rest, lighthouse, seals, and sea lions

This morning was spent resting up from yesterday's long day. Then we went about 15 miles west of Coos Bay to view the Cape Arago Lighthouse. It is not open to the public. Since it is no longer operated the site has been returned to the Confederated tribes of the Coos, Umpqua, and Sinslaw Indians. We could see it and get a photograph from a turnout. We stopped at Simpson Reef, Shell Island, Cape Arago viewing area and was surprised to hear the loud sounds of seals and sea lions. There were multiple rocks about a quarter of a mile from the...

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Aug 24, 2016 - How to turn a 4 hour trip into a 10 hour one

The way to turn a 4 hr. trip into a 10 hr. one: Travel with 4 large RVs on beautiful but curvy highway 101 along the crystal Pacific coast in Oregon, make stops to hike to lighthouses, watch whales in the clear blue sea, spot seals and birds, and use many pull offs to just view the beautiful beaches. We did all of this today and what a joy it was even though we were very tired when we arrived at out campground. We did make one stop that we wished that we hadn't. It was billed as a cave to ride an elevator down to and see many sea lions...

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Aug 23, 2016 - Newport to Coos Bay

Newport to Coos Bay Day 96: Monday August 22 2016 We were glad to leave Newport. The weather was cloudy and foggy, we had poor Wi-Fi and we could hear the sea lions on the waterfront barking most of the time even though they were at least a mile away. We didn’t leave until 11 am because checking at our next stop was not allowed before 2 pm. The weather was clear and traffic was moderate. We arrived at the Bastendorf County RV Park about 1:30 pm; our site was open so we were allowed to check-in and occupy the site. We setup (water and...

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Jul 20, 2016 - Coos Bay, OR - A Beautiful Day on Cape Arago

We spent most of the day exploring the Cape Arago area. We first stopped at Sunset Bay, a picturesqe cove with a nice sand beach. The next stop was Simpson Reef where there are great views of the Oregon shore and a reef that is a home to seals, sea lions, and birds. From there we drove south to where the road ends at Cape Arago where there are more nice view points and a trail around the end of the cape. We had lunch there before heading back north. On the way back north we stopped at Shore Acres Gardens and spent a lot of time there...

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Jul 19, 2016 - Coos Bay, OR - Elena's Special Day With Friends

(Ron Writing) We had planned to go to see Shore Acres State Park at Cape Arago this morning but after a leisurely breakfast of blueberry pancakes we decided to just skip Shore Acres this morning and do directly to Coos Bay to meet up with friends, Steve and Judy, for lunch. Perhaps we’ll go see Shore Acres tomorrow. We got to the Mill Casino at about noon. Before they arrived we scoped out the restaurants and walked around the area awhile. We ate at one of the restaurants in the casino that serves mostly sandwiches and BBQ meats. Elena and...

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Jul 7, 2016 - Further into Oregon

Traveling north from Coos Bay, we stopped at the Tillamook Creamery. It is really not much of a tour, but aside from the cheese samples they offer their wonderful ice cream. Never one to pass that up, it made the day worthwhile. From there we drove the short distance to Astoria where we spent the night. We stayed at the Lewis and Clark Golf and RV Park which had nice roomy sites and lots of room to wander around on the golf course. We went to the Lewis and Clark Winter Headquarters National Park, and the misty weather certainly set the...

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Jul 6, 2016 - Beautiful Oregon Coast

We are on the road again to take in some of the sights of the Pacific Northwest that we missed on our last trip through this area. Our first stop is at the Mills Casino in Coos Bay, OR. We drove up the coast which is just a beautiful drive, but still rather harrowing in a 40 foot RV. Aside from the scenery, not much more to report, but if you get the chance do take the drive.

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Jun 26, 2015 - Breakfast photos

Each morning from 7-8:30 one of the groups got up early each morning to get pastries out and ready for all of us. They were always upbeat and greeted us all with smiles. Our group often got together at night for snacks before dinner. During the day rigs were worked on, seminars attended and new coaches looked at. I gave a seminar on both Friday & Saturday on the National Parks. Had 55 at the 1sr one and 33 at the 2nd. We got a new satellite dish on the rig and also bought a dash cam, now to get the computer updated.

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