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Thoughts on Oregon

Three weeks isn’t enough time to get more than the flavor of a state, but what a taste Oregon has left in our mouths, leaving us wanting more. We covered about 300 miles of coastline, staying at seven different state parks along the coast. We saw great vistas from the road, different types of beaches, …

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Valley of the Rogue State Park

It’s time for us to leave the coast and start heading southeast as we have a date at the Grand Canyon in a few weeks. So we headed over to the Valley of the Rogue State Park. I’d read good reviews of this park, but honestly, outside of a nice view from my desk, it …

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Humbug Mountain State Park

Humbug Mountain State Park lies along the coast in southern Oregon and is our last stop along the coast for this trip. The campground lies along the western side of the PCH. Campsite at Humbug Mountain I’d like more space around most the campsites, but the one we picked was a decent size and offered …

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Sunset Bay State Park

Our stay at Sunset Bay State Park was short and didn’t quite go as planned. Kathryn came down with an infection which required a visit to the doctor. So we spent Thursday afternoon getting her the are she needed. Then it turns out that the State Park is in a cellular dead zone. So on …

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Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is set in the woods close to the Umpqua River Lighthouse. Opened in 1894, the lighthouse is still operated by the Coast Guard and still lights the night from the first order Fresnel lens. Nearby is a museum housed in the historic Coast Guard station. Each of the upstairs rooms represent …

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Beachside State Park

At Beachside State Park, we found our first campsite along the beach. Our campsite During one of my evening strolls, mist from the ocean began to roll in. wind and mist It was interesting watching the interplay of the sand and mist as the wind blew in from the ocean. While here, we also headed …

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Beverly Beach State Park

Our next stop after Cape Lookout was Beverly Beach State Park. The campground is a short walk from the long sandy beach, which offered nice afternoon walks. Along the beach were a string of small stones. At low tide, they reminded me of a┬ákaresansui. Beauty in minature In the distance you can see the lighthouse …

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Cape Lookout State Park

After a couple days at Nehalem Bay, we headed a bit down the road to Cape Lookout State Park, just outside of Tillamook. As we drove through town we passed a sign that was tempting, yet threatened great harm to my wallet. I see much cheese in my future…. But… we’re on our way to …

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Nehalem Bay State Park

On our rush up to the north, we took I-5 through the state. Now as we’re slowly making our way back south, we’re taking the PCH. I like this scenery much better. The PCH Our first stop is Nehalem Bay State Park. This stop was Kathryn’s first visit to the ocean. Running in the waves …

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Ike Kinswa State Park

Well, we got all the various chores and repair work done while in Olympia. I now have a functional work laptop again, and Mary actually decided to return from her fun knitting retreat and come back to Kathryn and I. I’m thinking the Minnesota snow had something to do with that return though. Since we’re …