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Old 05-03-2012, 01:24 AM   #15
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Airstream Boondocking Rocks !

OR "rocks" but Soo much rain ! Man alive ! I just moved to OR in Jan and have a bad case of Cabin Fever. Everything is ready ! My first trip starts out in Astoria to drive south to Newport and then east to find boondocking near Sweet Home. Do you guys have any suggestions. I do not have a GPS for waypoints however the Benchmark map should serve me well. I do not expect to find any BDg along the coast highway and not excited about camping a "pull-off" along the 101. Anything a mile or so inland ? Perhaps State Parks will suffice along 101 this time of year. Will there be some nice camps near Sweet Home? Thank you guys for the input !
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:34 AM   #16
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OR "rocks" but Soo much rain ! Man alive ! I just moved to OR in Jan and have a bad case of Cabin Fever. Everything is ready ! My first trip starts out in Astoria to drive south to Newport and then east to find boondocking near Sweet Home. Do you guys have any suggestions. I do not have a GPS for waypoints however the Benchmark map should serve me well. I do not expect to find any BDg along the coast highway and not excited about camping a "pull-off" along the 101. Anything a mile or so inland ? Perhaps State Parks will suffice along 101 this time of year. Will there be some nice camps near Sweet Home? Thank you guys for the input !
Hi Airtrekker! Welcome to the Airstream family! Yes, Oregon does have a lot of rain! We also have a lot of greenery and flowers so I guess it's a tradeoff! Sounds like you've got your plans mapped out already. If you have a road atlas, Oregon has a lot of state parks that are great for camping. I've been to Sweet Home for the Oregon Jamboree but I don't know of any camps around there. Do you have access to the internet? If so, you can find all of Oregon State Parks if you google it. Hopefully it'll be a lot sunnier in the weeks to follow so you can enjoy your trip and Airstream a little more. I wish you all the best!! Take care.

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Old 05-04-2012, 03:57 AM   #17
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Yes! oregon rocks because of its rain !! What a beautiful state when the sun comes out ! The price of cabin fever is well worth the sun shines on a wooded wilderness camp ( or waking to the sound and sight of roaring surf ! I have found the state parks however my search continues for boondocking along the coast or the area traveling west from SH. I met a lady today who said there are many spots out of SH so I will check with the forest service when I get close. I do not wish to trespass or camp by mistake on private lands.
You guys are great ! Happy trails !!
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:50 AM   #18
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Airtrekker - welcome. I am a new Oregonian. Grew up in San Antonio but lived all over the world. I have been to Newport several times and there is always open RV spaces across from the Rogue Brewery but crummy views. There are some awesome RV parks along 101 with spectacular ocean views though but can get pricey in certain seasons. There is no where for you to pull off on 101, so you will need to find a camp site. Sweet Home is right before you enter the Willamette Forest so plenty of dispersed camping available and you can camp right on the Forest Service roads. Go to the USFS Willlamette Forest website and print a road map for that area.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:58 AM   #19
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Airtrekker, the rain will stop soon and you will again see the sun. Do you know what sunbreaks are yet? I have two ideas. First lets include Washington in this. And secondly try to incorporate some geocacheing to mark some locations. I don't know if everybody knows about this but I think it would be an excellent way to mark locations and make comments. It's cheap, easy and will works well.
The reason I say to include WA is c'mon guys you don't want to miss out on any areas around Mt Rainier, St. Helens and Olympic. Anyway we all know WA is in most respects much nicer than Oregon. What would you rather be, a HUSKY or a duck.
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Airtrekker, the rain will stop soon and you will again see the sun. Do you know what sunbreaks are yet? I have two ideas. First lets include Washington in this. And secondly try to incorporate some geocacheing to mark some locations. I don't know if everybody knows about this but I think it would be an excellent way to mark locations and make comments. It's cheap, easy and will works well.
The reason I say to include WA is c'mon guys you don't want to miss out on any areas around Mt Rainier, St. Helens and Olympic. Anyway we all know WA is in most respects much nicer than Oregon. What would you rather be, a HUSKY or a duck.
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I would never exclude Wa state in a OR post!!! We all are so fortunate to be members of a very special country !! Citizens. And the NW is absolutely unique among the states. All of us have different preferences among states however if each state has it's own personality then I seem to be most attracted to the WHOLE
Northwest ! if I were a religious kind of guy then I would say " Glor-ee Halleluja" and ask for a "Amen" however since I am more a naturalist than a church going kind of guy let me just say that the surrounding beauty in the NW makes me thankful to be living and boondocking in this wonderful country!! I am certain that each and every one of you feel the very same way!! We ALL are so very fortunate !!!

This is the first time I have sent a message from my phone so I hope that all the right satelites are in there respective alignments for this to work. Thanking u and looking forward to exploring your continued comments in person as I roll down the road to the destinations you recommend. I leave you all with Happy Trails and worn out hiking boots.... Or HT's and good ol'fashioned sun burns.... Which ever comes first!
My highest regards to both the Oregonians AND the WA's !!

(p.s.) please thank whoever turned the spiket off!
the sun is sooo beautiful!! ( harmful to stare )
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I agree Airtrekker. We should cooperate and work together to keep this region (OR-WA) pristine. This corner of the country, isolated for so many years both geographically and culturally is in my opinion very special. Take a trip to the Grove of the Patriarchs at the southern entrance (Hwy 12) to Mt. Rainier. Glacier Lake, Hood Canal, Rogue River country, Olympic NP, The Oregon Coast.
I could go on and on. I've somehow always have thought of WA and OR as singular. Anybody else feel this way? Except sometimes around the Rose Bowl game.

When I was a Little kid and they were punching i-5 thru the two States, Oregon Govenor Tom McCall chimed in. He said the freeway could go thru his state only if there were no exits. My Great grandfather fished in a very small village which has become a trendy destination stop and a real estate speculating game for almost half of LA. Sorry but true.

Recently Coastal Living Magazine named Gig Harbor WA as the number one coastal town in America. Another recent survey placed it in the top ten small town for raising families. WHAT IS HAPPENING. I will support any ideas you guys have to coordinate camping experiences that are special in either state.

Having said that Gig Harbor is still delightful for you guys travelling who want to see a very special somewhat still working fishing village. Don't let me put you off. But you should have seen it 40 years ago.

Anyway enuf ranting about out of staters.

What do you guys think of the Geocacheing idea?

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Airtrekker, that would be the Washingtonions as well.
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was born in the "valley" (oregon city) but finaly moved to redmond for more sun and less people. I do love coast state parks for camping try harris beach, honeyman, or nahlem all great also barview in garabaldi is county park but plenty to do there
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Hello fellow Oregonians...found a great place I wanted to share with you really near PDX. If you'd like some primitive beauty, head up to Camp Creek at the base of Mt. Hood! Just so pretty...and quiet! We were there for the Memorial Weekend. We were the only ones there on Thursday night, one other family on Friday and a handful of campers on Saturday. We can't wait to go back. This was a working camp in the 30's and, although the buildings are gone, working fireplaces remain

We were in site 13 which is one of the spots made for a larger RV (although ours is only 16 ft )

As with most National Forest Campgrounds...no services besides pit toilets and water pump. Didn't miss electricity one little bit though! We are now planning for summer...and suggestions out there!!
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Valmog - this is awesome and thanks for sharing. Looks like a great place to go.
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Ochoco Forest Memorial Day Weekend

Like most of you, we headed out on Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the Oregon Forests but headed east past Prineville and north up Forest Rd 33 to the western part of the Ochoco Natl Forest. Plenty of dispersed camping to be had and along Mill Creek if you so desire. The designated FS campground was packed, so unless you like crowds don't bother and find your own place. Caught six small redband trout in Mill Creek and we visited Painted Hills (only a 40 min drive away). Quiet, starry and very chilly nights and bright days with gorgeous views. Not a place I would want to camp in July and August but this time of year was ideal. Speaking of camps and places, most the USFS websites have MVUM maps which show forest roads and whether or not dispersed camping is allowed. The maps are 95% accurate and a great resource for doing your pre-trip planning. Happy and safe camping this summer to everyone!
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Thanks for your tip Airchief..I've read about people just using forest service roads, but I'm a little nervous about it. I'm going to go check out the USFS website though because I can only imagine how peaceful and beautiful it would be. Were the roads easy to pass pulling your trailer? I have visions of gravel and potholes!

Thanks for the pictures, too!

One more neat website that I found that shows photos of different campgrounds and their sites is Oregon Campgrounds - campsitephotos.com This is a wonderful resource to me...I'm visual and like to get a good mental picture of where I'll be before I make reservations!

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Thanks for your tip Airchief..I've read about people just using forest service roads, but I'm a little nervous about it. I'm going to go check out the USFS website though because I can only imagine how peaceful and beautiful it would be. Were the roads easy to pass pulling your trailer? I have visions of gravel and potholes!

Thanks for the pictures, too!

One more neat website that I found that shows photos of different campgrounds and their sites is Oregon Campgrounds - campsitephotos.com This is a wonderful resource to me...I'm visual and like to get a good mental picture of where I'll be before I make reservations!

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Hi Kim

Yes, it is a little more adventuresome and you can't plan as well because you don't really know the landscape until you get there. As you know it is very easy to unhitch, so when you look at the forest maps and then look at them on satellite you get a good idea of where you want to go but as good as all the maps are, they cannot lay out the terrain well enough to know if there is a pull off or turn around. I will tell you that you are the owner of a perfect trailer for dispersed camping due to the size and you will be able to turn around on almost any road. However, to put yourself at ease, pull over and unhitch on a main FS road and then drive up the ones you are thinking about staying on. You will get the visual of flat camping areas off the road that appeal to you before you tow the AS up it. Yes the roads are gravel and some have potholes but the AS frame and tires are built to explore. I would recommend for a first dispersed camping trip, the Breitenbush area off FS road 46 and the the FS roads that of shoot from it. Pretty easy to find a spot and roads are some of the better ones I've been on. My son and I went up there 2 weeks after the big snow and it was over 3' high in the forest but we were by ourselves. Awesome!
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