On Monday, we drove 45 miles south to Ramblin Redwood RV Park in Crescent City, California. Here, we met up with Kirk and Terry from the Cascadia Caravan for a few days. A campground situated among the redwood trees. Large full hookup sites in a great location.
On Tuesday, we hiked the Stout Grove Memorial Trial, an ancient coast redwood forest (old Growth) with 300 foot trees; scenes from “Return of the Jedi” were filmed here. A short 1-mile hike but a must see.
Later we hiked Grove of Titans Trail. This trail has some of the worlds largest measured redwoods (by volume). It is a cool trail with metal walkways to protect the forest floor from compression to allow rainfall to reach the soil.
Tuesday night, we celebrated Pam’s birthday at Marlo’s Restaurant. A simple place in a strip mall, but the food was outstanding. We really enjoyed the evening.
Wednesday, we visited Tour Thru Tree, an 800 year old Redwood with a road passing through it. Unfortunately, our beast of a truck would not fit through all the way – the mirrors were just too wide! Good fun for $5.
On Saturday, Pam and I drove 195 miles to Ireland’s Ocean View RV Park in Gold Coast, Oregon. Right off of US-101 on the Oregon Coast. This small RV park is right on the ocean – 500 feet from our trailer. We stayed 2 nights and had full hookups.
Gold Coast is definetly a tourest town that can handle a lot of people in the summer. For us, it was quite and relaxing. We had dinner at Sunsets Family Pizza; huge place and the pizza was good.
We mainly just relaxed and waited for it to stop raining.
Today, Friday, October 28th, 2022, marks 1 year since selling our home in New Richmond and hitting the road full time in our Airstream Trailer. Wow. It has been a great experience. Sometimes, we miss not having a bricks and mortar home somewhere, but there is time for that later.
We stayed at the Freed Estate Vinyards in Winston, Oregon. A nice Harvest Host with lots of room and nice wine tasting. We tasted 13 wines for $15. Pam bought a bottle of Rose which we enjoyed that evening sitting outside. They are done harvesting grapes for the season, so we were able to pick a few bunches of grapes to eat. Delicious!
On Saturday, we head back to the west coast of Oregon.
On Saturday, we traveled 64 miles to Silver Spur RV Park in Silverton, Oregon. We stayed only 1 night and really did not do anything. We stayed in site 49.
On Sunday, we traveled 21 miles to Silver Falls State Park in Sublimity, OR. What a great state park. Stayed in the B loop in site #28. Nice, long site with water and 30 amp electric. Lots of trails to walk and good facilities. We stayed here to hike the Trail of 10 Falls. Unfortunately, it rained all 4 days of our reservation. Kelly did some camper maintenance and improvements, but mostly we relaxed and recovered from the long caravan.
We decided to extend 1 more day, because the weather looked good on Thursday. It was a nice blue-sky day. We hiked the Trail of 10 Falls, and it did not disappoint. It was a long, 11-mile hike at the rim and down in the river canyon. We were exhausted at the end, but we both loved it. I created 2 videos. A short (3 minute), fun video and a longer (9 minutes) detailed video. My first time trying out a video blog of a hike. Hope you like it.
On Wednesday, we travelled 106 miles to our final caravan campground, Mt. Hood Village Resort in Welches, Oregon. A nice, wooded campground with good amenities again. Nice lodge and Cafe.
Thursday, we had our Caravan Banquet at the Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood; very nice and a must see if you are in the area. It is owned by the National Forest Service but run by a private management company. Build during the great depression by the WPA, it is magnificent.
Friday was a down day to relax and run errands. We had a nice final dinner at the Skyway Bar & Grill. A nice, local BBQ place.
After 70 days and 21 camping locations, our caravan came to a close on Saturday. Pam and I accomplished our goal to travel the Pacific Northwest and see what it has to offer. We enjoyed our time and will stay in Oregon for a week or 2 before heading to California and beyond as we make our way back to Wisconsin for Christmas and New Year’s.