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Old 07-21-2012, 11:38 PM   #15
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Funny you should ask, we're staying at a very nice park right now in Seaside Circle Creek RV Park & Campground

Last night in Florence then over to Portland tomorrow. The drive form Seaside to Portland looks to be just a couple of hours. This park is very nice and already planning a return trip.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:02 AM   #16
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One of my fantasies is to be a storm chaser. Barb doesn't share that desire for some reason. I don't know what's wrong with her. When I was in college, a friend and I went chasing a hurricane—that was fun. When I lived in Buffalo and the sky opened up, I used to go out in the storm to see all the snow, or go down to Lake Erie to watch the waves crash over the piers. When we lived in the mountains just west of Denver, 3' of snow was exciting although I didn't care for the shovel part.

I like crazy weather and look forward to being on the coast in November. Maybe we'll have a tsunami when the earthquake hits off shore (note to me: go to RV parks way above the ocean!). Sounds like fun.

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Hi, we're ready for almost anything, now that we have an ice scraper and a snow brush.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:14 AM   #17
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Bob, you won't need any ice or snow tools. Only plenty of Sikaflex.

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Old 07-22-2012, 12:27 AM   #18
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Bob, you won't need any ice or snow tools. Only plenty of Sikaflex.

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Hi, it seems that after we have already been there and done that, "Bob and Lee's random trip" is when we buy what we were supposed to have.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:17 PM   #19
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This will be an interesting winter for the coast. Lots of Tsunami debris is hitting the shore. I like to sit on a bluff up in Neah Bay or La Push and watch the rain blowing in, in torrents drenching everything. There's a lot of tribal land along the WA coast. Try that. You may be able to stay on reservation land pretty cheap. They get over 100 inches of rain a year on the average so it does get depressing, but if you travel over to Sequim by Port Angeles they only get about 30 inches because they are in the Olympic Mountains rain shadow.

It's a beautiful, rugged area. Read Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion". His description of wet winter living in the area is the best I have ever read.

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Tribal land sounds interesting. I stayed a few months on Sauvie Island north of Portland and don't think I saw the sun once. It was just steady drizzle and gray skies. I have to admit it got to me and I made a mad dash for Arizona. I think lack of sunshine causes melatonin deficiency. I could probably handle it for a month, then perhaps work my way down the California coast.

Are there proper thunderstorms on the coast?...or is it just a steady drizzle like Portland? One of my hobbies is actually recording thunderstorms with a portable audio recorder.

Thanks for all the tips!

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:30 PM   #20
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:42 PM   #21
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Hi, we're ready for almost anything, now that we have an ice scraper and a snow brush.
That's good Bob. Now a hat, gloves and a snow shovel and you are ready for winter inland. Do you have a raincoat?

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Read Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion". His description of wet winter living in the area is the best I have ever read.
Ditto, should be required reading for anyone visiting Oregon and Washington. Crummy movie, but what a book! (It's not just about weather, by the way.)
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Eric, No thunder or lightning, just a steady gusty wind that makes the rain seem like it comes from all directions. The gloom is sometimes overwheleming for people. Being 200' up on a bluff in Neah Bay and seeing the storms blow in is quite an experience though. It's a good place to have a good book, some hot coffee and maybe some Baileys. It gets dark at about 4:00 PM and sometimes you don't even notice. See the beaches at Kalaloch. Ruby Beach with the sea stacks and driftwood piles is magnificent.

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This will be an interesting winter for the coast. Lots of Tsunami debris is hitting the shore. I like to sit on a bluff up in Neah Bay or La Push and watch the rain blowing in, in torrents drenching everything. There's a lot of tribal land along the WA coast. Try that. You may be able to stay on reservation land pretty cheap. They get over 100 inches of rain a year on the average so it does get depressing, but if you travel over to Sequim by Port Angeles they only get about 30 inches because they are in the Olympic Mountains rain shadow.

It's a beautiful, rugged area. Read Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion". His description of wet winter living in the area is the best I have ever read.

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I used to go out the logging roads by forks and hike out some trials to the coast there. I haven't been there for probably 10 years. I'm sure it's not the same.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:10 PM   #25
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That's good Bob. Now a hat, gloves and a snow shovel and you are ready for winter inland. Do you have a raincoat?

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Hi, Gene. I already have gloves, hats, a rain coat, a poncho, and a full-on rain suit. [no tire chains]
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I was blessed to meet this man and stayed at his "cottage" at Shi-Shi beach on the northwest WA coast for two months one winter. What a time that was! His poetry captures our "mossback" upbringing.

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Purman, Forks hasn't changed much. For a few years they had a tourist frenzy because of the Twilight books but thats died down now. I'm sure there is still lots of good hiking

Mike, In the 70's my brother and I hiked from Ruby Beach in Kalaloch all the way down to Moclips. It was an entirely coastal hike and took much longer than we anticipated. It was all through Tribal reservation land and we had permission. What a beautiful unspoiled place that part of the Washington coast is. We ate butter clams, razor clams, geoducks, oysters, mussels. I know I couldn't do it now.

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One of my fantasies is to be a storm chaser. Barb doesn't share that desire for some reason. I don't know what's wrong with her.

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Gene, my wife suffers from the same affliction; I'm hoping to find professional counseling for her - will let you know how that works out.
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