Sunday, April 20, 2014

South Beach State Park, OR, Day 2

Sunday, April 20, 2014, South Beach State Park, OR, Day 2- 0 miles, 7473.9 For the Trip

I hope you all had a great Easter! I didn't do much today. I did walk down to the hospitality Yurt and picked up a bunch of books. The host said they didn't need exchanges, but I brought a few anyway to lighten the load on the RAV4. I have about 40 books is a bin in the back. I guess I'd better spend more time reading and less playing Candy Crush & FarmVille 2!

I did get in a shower - cold rooms, but lots of hot water. I sat outside for a bit, but there are neighbors that are either deaf or just plain loud. Their normal conversation is at shouting levels, and the language is pretty raw. It was interesting watching them arrive. They spent so long trying to back their pop up into the site that the back up behind them reached 3 RVs. Finally, one of the drivers got out, asked it they wanted help. and parked the trailer for them. I have to admit, the pressure does get on when you are blocking traffic...

I did check with the entrance station, and my site is available tomorrow, so I signed up for another day.  No photos today.

Dinner was a 16 pound Plainville turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, peas, creamed onions, rutabaga, cranberry sauce and apple pie for dessert. Well, it would have been if I was home in Oswego. I do miss a full sized kitchen & oven on holidays. Actually, dinner was an Amy's Mexican Casserole. I thought about a small ham, but most of the small ones I found were spiral cut & I prefer to cut it myself.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, April 19, 2014

South Beach State Park, OR

South Beach, OR
Saturday, April 19, 2014, South Beach State Park, OR - 54.7 miles, 7473.9 For the Trip

It did rain, however it held off until I got out of the trailer to hook it up to the tow vehicle. Rain off & on for the drive to Newport where South Beach State Park is located. Lots of reserved spaces that no one is in, and lots of empty spaces. Since they are all reservable, the longest you can book for is 2 days, so I'm in D4 until Monday. I'll check to see if the space is still unreserved & extend for another day if possible.

There is a path to the beach a few spaces down from my site, so I took a walk. The ocean looks quite nasty today - lots of waves, wind, and cold. I did see a familiar bush. Not sure if it has the same name here in Oregon, buy on Nantucket it is called Broom. Pretty yellow flowers. Some of the trees on the path to the beach look like those a bit further north at Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. Lots of moss covering them. Photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Other than that, since it rained off & on, I spent most of the time in the trailer reading or playing games on the iPad.

I drove to the Safeway in Newport & bought a few things including a DiGiorno Pizza for dinner.

Until Tomorrow -

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, OR, Day 2

Heceta Lighthouse, OR
Friday, April 18, 2014, Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, OR, Day 2 - 0 miles, 7419.2 For the Trip

I'm never going to complain about generators again! Well, that's probably wrong, but the rain stopped and out came the ATVs. Two wheel, four wheel, 2 cycle, 4 cycle, and mostly loud. Sounds like I'm in the middle of a chain saw competition. I know the purpose of section H here at the campground is for ATVs, at least until the end of the month, but I sure wish they had opened a few more sections that had electrical hookups. They do stop by 10:00PM when they close the gate to the sand dunes. I did find a space with hookups in section A this morning, but it would be more trouble getting transferred to it than it was worth. It does look like they are having fun; I'd probably feel better about the noise if I was making some of it. I hope I can find a quiet campground for the rest of the weekend.

I drove to the Heceta Lighthouse without the trailer, even though I'll be driving past it tomorrow. The prediction is for rain, and I wanted to get a photo while the sun was shining. Still pretty hazy as the long shots show, but at least the lighthouse is visable. The last time I was here in 2012 they were refinishing it and it was completely covered. More photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

After that it was back to the campground. I picked up some orange chicken & fried rice for dinner.

Until Tomorrow -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, OR

Site 391, Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, OR
Thursday, April 17, 2014, Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, OR - 64.9 miles, 7419.2 For the Trip

Another short trip up US 101. I probably should have tried one of the other state parks along US 101 since I don't find Jessie M. Honeyman State Park as wonderful as many seem to think it is. I did find a space although most of the loops are still closed for the season. Full hookup for $22.00 so the price isn't too bad, but the park looks "worn". I'm in the only section that had electric sites that were not reserved, and it is the ATV section. A bit noisy & dirty, but it will do for a couple of days. I don't expect to spend too much time outside the trailer anyway - it started to rain as I was hooking up the trailer this morning, and has been raining off & on since. I looked at the forecast for the next week and it looks like rain most days for the areas I'll be visiting.

Dinner was the rest of yesterday's chicken breast & salad. I 'm amazed - I found my Cape Cod Waffle Cut potato chips at the Florence Safeway. They were on sale, so I bought both Sea Salt, which I had before & liked, & Buffalo Cheddar, which I could do without.

No photos other than the site picture above.

While the heavy rain has stopped, it is still misting, and cooling off. I already have the electric heater going; usually I don't fire it up until after dark. Added note - I lied.  It is 5:55 and it is pouring!

Until Tomorrow -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bullards Beach State Park, OR, Day 5

Brandon Beach, OR
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Bullards Beach State Park, OR, Day 5 - 0 miles, 7354.3 For the Trip

Another day of doing nothing. I did check on how many miles I've towed the trailer - The Escape 17 has traveled 46,411.9 miles since I purchased it during April 2011. Sure has been a lot of fun!

No photos today. I did get to sit out and read (Tony Hillerman's The Ghostway) until the haze moved in, after which it got too cold. I took a shower during the late afternoon and while the radiant heating panels were on, it was still pretty cool in the bathroom.

I packed up a few things in anticipation of heading out tomorrow. The "C" section of the park is filling up. Still plenty of spaces available, but there are more RVs than any other day I been here, including a Casita next door.

Dinner was a grilled chicken breast & a salad.

Until Tomorrow -