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Old 03-15-2015, 12:36 PM   #15
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IMO September is one of the best months for camping in Oregon. As soon as the kids are back in school everything settles down (and a lot of visitors head for home) and things open up.

It will be dry, "fire season", but even if there is a fire it's easy to work around that. Could be a campfire ban in a lot of places, understandable.

Actually, anytime is a good time to camp in Oregon. You just have to avoid the usual popular hot spots (like state parks on the coast) in the summer.
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:54 PM   #16
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I Love Oregon

If you do visit coastal Oregon, go a little into California and take Hwy. 199 through part of the redwood forest, coming back into Oregon. Small interesting towns on the roadside and a great campground at Patrick Creek.

The Applegate Valley (our home) is gorgeous with wineries here and there, lakes, rivers, mountains.
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Old 03-15-2015, 01:22 PM   #17
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Oregon has a great deal to offer from the 'out back' of the east side to the coast with spectacular views. but don't fool yourself into believing that after labor day it will be easy pickin's in camping spots. all retirees have the same idea so plan carefully.

you can easily avoid the most popular population centers and find wide open spaces and no one around. avoiding places like Bend and opting for the Malhuer refuge is one example of finding solitude. the Columbia r. gorge is also a spectacular spot but winds need to be considered. check the wind surfing web sites for upcoming events. the southern OR coast probably has the best vistas and fewer folks along with warmer temps, called the banana belt. lots of historic sites to check out as well so some careful planning and parsing are in your future.

have fun, its a great state to visit or live in for that matter.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:16 PM   #18
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I've lived in Oregon for over 45 years and I had a hard time figuring out what you were referring to when you called it crowded. I suppose you can find crowded if you're motivated, such as Portland (still a cool city, and I'm not a city guy), but most of this very large state is uncrowded.

I took a 3-week trip down the Coast in October and along with no crowds the weather was perfect. The scenery was beyond perfect - countless Wow moments.

I live on the Eastern slope of the Cascades and it's all big and open skies on this side of the mountains. Painted Hills, John Day ranch country, Strawberry Mountains, Columbia Gorge, high lakes around Bend, it just goes on and on.

You can find crowds at Crater Lake NP, but it wasn't bad the last time I was there in September. Following the Rogue River or the Umpqua River from the Cascades to the Coast is simply awesome.

And, as others have said, our state parks are as good as it gets. My wife and will be at Cape Blanco for the month of October volunteering as Lighthouse Hosts. Come by and say hi - God willing we will be there in 2016 too.

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Old 03-15-2015, 04:37 PM   #19
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I've lived in Oregon for over 45 years and I had a hard time figuring out what you were referring to when you called it crowded. I suppose you can find crowded if you're motivated, such as Portland (still a cool city, and I'm not a city guy), but most of this very large state is uncrowded.

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I guess the perception of crowding is personal and relative. Really don't know where I got the original impression about the Oregon Coast being a busy place but I've had it for a long time - and very glad to be told that it is wrong.

I guess our personal perception of "crowding" guides our planning today basically because we've evolved to become small town folks in a very big and largely empty part of the world ..... and that's pretty much how we like it. We've never been fans of tourist traps but recognize there are a few that simply can't be passed up - meaning we will work hard to avoid the busiest times. We both recall visiting Yellowstone in late September and the Grand Canyon in October - incredible Parks - loved both visits - but wouldn't want to imagine visiting either place in the summer months. We'll go back again - but stick to the fall months. We also recall visiting Smoky Mountains in the fall - the Park was stunningly beautiful - but - for us - Pigeon Forge took the term "Tourism Sprawl" to an unbelievable new level - kind of blew us out of the water - that is one place we will never return to.

We've enjoyed the great advice we've received here about Oregon - and are really looking forward to a memorable trip.

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Old 03-15-2015, 05:28 PM   #20
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Very timely thread, as I am starting to plan our summer trip through Oregon and Washington this summer.
Funny I had little concern about crowding there and had just planned on winging it as far as reservations at parks. Coming from Az. Am definitely looking to spend lots of time on the coast. So should I try to get booked in advance ?
Mid summer ties in with kids vacation time, so peak season. Ah well.

Loving all the mentions of highlights, taking notes, thanks

John. I would enjoy crossing trails with you. I'm intrigued with the Porsche concourse scene, tho am more focused on touring , driving in twisty mountain roads etc. All conflicting with the efforts in pursuit of perfection the concourse guys enjoy.
I may be towing my SC with my 345 by the summer. I just did my first PCA Autocross and track day outings in Phoenix and may try to get on track along the way.
Any suggestions of tracks not to be missed up that way.

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Old 03-15-2015, 07:27 PM   #21
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Richard...

Before I hijack the thread chatting about Porsches, I'm going to contradict myself. The Oregon Coast is *really* crowded in the summer. Reservations are essential and need to be made far in advance. That's when you stay on the east side of the Cascades.

Now on to Porsches. I tried the concours scene, enjoyed it, did OK, but my first love with Porsches is driving them. I restore them to a #1 level and then drive them back to #2. My favorite was a '67 Rally build that I raced at Portland International Raceway (fun track - no elevation changes) then showed in Carmel three weeks later. Information on Stubby here for those who are interested: Stubby | Audette Collection: The SWB 911 Light Resource

Now back to the thread about the nation's #1 state.

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Old 03-15-2015, 07:49 PM   #22
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Jay, the time period you want to visit is probably the best you can get. Oregon has a bit of everything, all within a one day drive. Our beaches are public, with lots of state parks. The Cascades are spectacular, as are the Wallowa mountains (Oregon Alps) in NE Oregon. SE Oregon is Great Basin country, with Steens Mountain being a must see. Crater Lake and Oregon Caves are wonderful. Lots to do, lots to see. Good food, beer and wine. Do be aware that in dry years, forest fires can be an issue, but then you just visit another area.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:27 PM   #23
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the coastal scene in the PNW should be approached with some planning in mind. the S OR coast, IMHO is the most accessible and beautiful. the N OR coast starts getting into strip mall towns and miles of stuff you really don't care to see, think Lincoln City N. the WA coastal hwy leaves the coast right after you cross the Columbia R. at Astoria and does not come back for many miles N. nothing much to see save run down towns and clear cut that was never reseeded. about L. Quinault, you start seeing the Pacific once again, thats about half way up the state.

if you are coming up from the S into OR, you might check your map for Jordan Valley a way out of the way spot that harbors the Basque Cafe and real chorizo. John Day fossil beds and a ton of other interesting spots all exist and are not crowded most any time of the year. the high lakes hwy W of Bend has wonderful camping, again depends on your trailer length, most all on some body of water. i could go on and on as i lived and worked in OR for 35 years and actively rode virtually every roadway in the state on my motorcycles, yes for real.

coming up the WA coast, i would be shooting for Klaloch state park and basing there for a couple of days. this would give you time to leave your trailer and head up the Hoh r. into the temperate rain forest that you have to see to believe. depending on your ability and the length of your trailer, you might attempt to drive out to the Makah reservation and walk on out to the furthest point W in the lower 48, Cape Flattery. but be advised, this is a VERY twisted road that follows the Strait of Juan de Fuca almost at water level for many miles. great new campground at Hobuck beach. if you make reservations make sure you ask for the NEW campground, yes right on the beach.

here again, so many places to visit and see in WA, i could go on and on. happy planning and feel free to ask questions either on this thread or via PM. we currently reside, way out of the way, in Sequim, WA, a destination in its own rights.

and for real, keep in mind that after Labor Day will still be busy at the best of the campgrounds. an example, only an hour from our front door is a another great state park, Ft. Flagler. we went over thinking of a couple of nights stay to sort the trailer on a Wednesday, the 2nd week of September last year. there are about 120 sites in the lower campground, we secured the only open spot! by that point in time, you could no longer reserve at state parks. so be advised, lots of folks have the same idea you have. in fact we run into many, many Canadians who come down just as you are coming this way. P.S. the state campgrounds are really hard to beat, but don't tell anyone.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:33 AM   #24
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i was remiss by not mentioning wine. if you enjoy visiting wineries, Walla Walla, WA and the tri cities of Richland, Pasco and Kenniwick, are worth your time. too many wineries and AVA's to elaborate on but this is the meca in the PNW that is challenging the CA vintners. often times, wonderful deals on case qualities directly from them are available, not to mention the estate bottled.

we have stayed at 'wine country RV' in Pasco, cheek to jowl place but close to way too many wineries to elaborate.

just another thought for your pondering.
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Its on our list as well. Planning on visiting in August or September, have to go by Glacier and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary either on our way out or back, not sure which yet.
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Old 03-16-2015, 05:30 PM   #26
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You will love Oregon, be sure and visit Astoria (the Maritime Museum, Fort Clatsop, Flavel House), Pacific City and Lincoln City, also see the Spruce Goose in McMinneville's air museum, great air museum in Tillamook also. Willamette Valley is great wine country, Oregon has wonderful State Parks. Bend and Sisters are great spots to visit in eastern Oregon. Have fun!
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YOU WILL LOVE IT. I'd post pictures, but I'm sure everyone is tired of my picture post whoring on this forum.

Anyhow, Smith Rock, The Gorge, Astoria (The Goonies), The Painted Hills, Mt. Hood, Ecola State Park, oh so beautiful. We spent 2 weeks there and put 2400 miles on our rental driving all over the state. Budget guy was blown away, but hey they gave us free miles, what they think people don't use that?

It's such a nice trip, it's deserving of all caps. GO TO OREGON YOU WILL LOVE IT

Sorry for not adding anything of real value to your thread. I just know we are going back. It was wonderful time. It was the trip last March that we realized we had to take our Airstream 'dream' and turn it into 'reality'.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:51 PM   #28
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If any of you DO make it out to OR this summer, be sure to drop by Hood River, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge and say 'HI'. I'll be doing solar installations there from May 15 thru the end of Sept.

Tons of 'stuff' to see and do in the Gorge area. 7 different climate zones within 30 mile radius, ski/snowboard on Mt. Hood at Timberline Lodge, wine, great beer, kayaking, biking (both mountain and road) and of course, Hood River is the epicenter for wind sports on the Columbia River in all of North America.

Y'all come on out now.......ya hear!!!
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