Thursday, April 24, 2014

Champoeg State Park, OR, Day 2

Me in Rain Gear
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Champoeg State Park, OR, Day 2 - 0 miles, 7573.3 For the Trip

Another wet day in Oregon! There were already a couple of trailers here by the time I crawled out of bed, with more arriving throughout the day. Got a chance to see my first Escape 21 (other than the mock up at Chilliwack). There are many other brands of trailers already here with more arriving tomorrow.

I decided that it would be a good time to purchase an "Easy Up" shelter since lots of rain is expected. I was hoping to find one that folded up into a small package, but no luck. I bought a standard 12'X12', although with an aluminum frame to save a bit of weight. Of course, when I got back to the campground one of the trailers had a Paha Que shelter that is just what I was looking for. Problem was they didn't stock it at REI or any of the other local places. I'll probably order one when I get back to Oswego.

I made the mistake of stopping by Best Buy and looking at a Nikon D800. I've wanted one since they came out, and since they have been around for awhile, I've been able to read the good & bad about them. Long & short of it, my excuse is I saved a whole bunch of money by buying it here in Oregon (no sales tax). So, I'm the proud owner of a new camera. Of course I have to charge the battery before I can use it since it uses a different battery than the rest of my Nikons. Today's photos are taken with the D700. I suspect the one of me had the focus point on the trees rather than me so I'm a bit fuzzy. Both were taken in almost dark conditions at ISO 2500. I still find it amazing that a useful image can be made at that high an ISO.  One other photo at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Dinner was an Amy's Cheese Enchilada Dinner. I sure hope I can find these in Oswego. They are excellent freezer meals.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Champoeg State Park, OR

Site A17, Champoeg State Park, OR

Tuesday, April 21, 2014, Champoeg State Park, OR - 99.4 miles, 7573.3 For the Trip

An uneventful drive up US 101 & OR 18 to Champoeg State Park. No problem with getting into my site for the week even though I was a day early. The park if fairly empty, although there is another fiberglass trailer (a Casita) on the other side from me. I do owe the park $2.00. The sign at the entrance said $20.00 per night, however tacked on the opposite side of the entry station was a notice that the price has gone up to $22.00 & I had already dropped my registration sheet for the night in the iron ranger post. Since I signed up for the site before the price increase was announced, the rest of my stay will be at the $20.00 per night price.

Lots of rain off & on during the trip here as well as all afternoon. I drove from the campground to Fryls Electronics. An interesting store. I got a replacement fan for my refrigerator. One of the inside fans died so rather than replacing the entire unit, I found a same sized fan in their "Build your Computer" section. I wish there was one in upstate NY closer to me than Albany. Then again, it is probably good that there isn't, at least for my wallet! The rain did clear up long enough for me to cook my steak, which I had with broccoli & mashed potatoes.

No photos today other than the campsite picture above.

Until tomorrow -

Monday, April 21, 2014

South Beach State Park, OR, Day 3 and the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Sea Nettle Jellyfish
Monday, April 21, 2014, South Beach State Park, OR, Day 3 - 0 miles, 7473.9 For the Trip

It started out as a nice sunny day, but during the afternoon the rain started, and kept up for the rest of the day. A little after 10:00 I went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. With both an over 65 & an AAA discount, the price dropped from $20.00 to $16.15, not too bad. The photos are lousy - most of my attempts at shooting aquariums are disappointing. Too many reflections from the glass, and very low light levels. I suspect the only way to get good images is to shoot when there isn't anyone else there so the room lights can be turned off. In addition to room lighting, many of the tanks were also exposed to daylight so you get what your get. And, it the names are wrong, don't blame me - I hope they are good guesses!

On the way back to the trailer after the aquarium, I stopped to photograph the Yaquina Lighthouse. It is built more like Oswego's - a very short tower on a traditional 1 story building. I also watched a NOAA ship heading out through the break wall.  More photos on today's LakeshoreImages page.

Once the rain started, I decided it would be a good day to do laundry. I purchased a steak yesterday for dinner, but I'm going to save it and hope for better weather tomorrow. Looks like soup for dinner! I'm not sure where I'll end up tomorrow. I called Champoeg State Park to see if site A17 (where I'll be staying starting Wednesday) was available for tomorrow night, but only got an answering machine, and no call back. I'll probably head for there anyway since it is only 99 miles away (according to Matilda, the GPS lady). Worst case, I'll have to move on Wednesday (assuming they have some walk in sites).

Until tomorrow -

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 -