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Old 07-20-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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near ocean in the Pacific northwest?

I was hoping to find a cool rv park near the ocean in Oregon this fall/winter that has monthly rates. Can anyone recommend a spot for me? My brother and sister live in Portland and I thought it would be cool to visit them occasionally, and I've always wanted to camp near the ocean. Thanks for any tips!
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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Stayed here [http://www.seaandsandrvpark.com/] last year and enjoyed it as a Base Camp for explorations North and South along the Coast. Don't miss Tidal Raves [www.tidalraves.com] for dinner in Depoe Bay.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
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Maybe Anita (Coastalme) will chime in, she'd know. Otherwise, send her a PM.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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Do you like rain, wind and clouds? November through spring are the worst time along the Pacific coast. Check weather averages for coastal towns on the internet.

Nonetheless, we are thinking about traveling up the coast starting late October. Living in the high desert drives you toward the ocean, rain, wind and clouds, although after a week of it, we start going loopy.

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Old 07-20-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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We're natives to that area, and have spent a lot of time on the coast during the "green and grey". Electrical is a must, as with propane heat, you'll rot the coach out with moisture. We carry electric heaters (two liquid-filled and two ceramic) to keep the sweating at bay. That being said, the coast, with the smell of the salt air, storms, wind and rain, is a very wonderfull experience.
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I love stormy weather at the beach! And so do the dogs!
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:21 AM   #7
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Yeah I like stormy weather too..after spending the last few winters in southern Arizona I'm ready for a change of scenery. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:25 AM   #8
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Do you like rain, wind and clouds? November through spring are the worst time along the Pacific coast. Check weather averages for coastal towns on the internet.

Nonetheless, we are thinking about traveling up the coast starting late October. Living in the high desert drives you toward the ocean, rain, wind and clouds, although after a week of it, we start going loopy.

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Yep, we miss it growing up in the Seattle area. That's why we are spending a week in Oregon on the beach now, and then Seattle area with family. But you won't seen much sun after sept.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:38 AM   #9
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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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I use to go camping on the coast in the winter and stay in shelters they had built for ship wrecks. I loved finding all the stuff that washed up on the beach during those storms. We would even find glass balls the Japanese used for floating their fishing nets. I'm with you Gene, I love a good storm. Wind , rain, thunder and lighten. I sit on our deck at home and watch the storms roll over the Mesa.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:33 AM   #11
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Debris from the tsunami in Japan is washing up on the northwest coast now and more will come in the fall and winter. Who knows—you may be able to find a slightly damaged nuclear power plant to take home.

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We love the wet coast, living here is bonus (just 8 miles north of the Blaine Peace Arch border crossing.

We also love sunshine, warmth, and wearing shorts and t-shirts most of the year, being from the Prairies and enjoying the summers of old there.

We get the spring (and summer - where the heck is that sun?), and fall storms on the coast, then we pack up with our old cat Smokey, and head to AZ for the heat, sun, etc. It really helps being in the warmth from a physical standpoint. My joints do not ache nearly as much as they do at home in the winter wet, same goes for my wife, and our old cat (17) acts like he's 10.

The coast in winter is really neat, we enjoy it too when we are here, and coming in to the trailer or the house and warming up with a hot mug of coffee or hot chocolate is great and generally cg's are not very busy - but dang, sitting out under the awning with a cold drink at hand at 9 in the morning and again in the evening in AZ seems to be a much better way to spend ones winter . IMHO at least
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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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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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