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Old 08-06-2010, 06:10 AM   #29
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Labor Day on the 101

So, I will be starting the 101 from Olympia on or about 1 Sept and will find my self...or is the trip north from Olympia and around the circle and back down south worth it???

or should one take 12 west from olympia and then down the 101...anyway i will find myself on the 101 needing refuge over the packed everywhere labor day weekend????

what to do...suggestions...

my goal, again is to be in Albuquerqe for the balloon liftoff and the 4CU gathering October 1...
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:04 AM   #30
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We've stay at several state parks in Oregon and as much as I hate to say it. They have my home state of Texas beaten as far as conditions of rest rooms , green space , ect. I really like the one just south of Florence.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:02 PM   #31
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trip planed, on the way

so we will leave Olympia, Wa on Aug 29, after a stay at the LYH there and take 12 to 101 and head for our first stop in Oregon at their state parks.

..Fort Stevens for a two day stay, then to Beverly Beach for two days, then Sunset Bay for two days..prior to Labor Day...
then Sat and Sun of Labor Day we will be at the KOA? at Port Orford, then i thought lucked out for a two day sta of Sept 6-7 at Harris Beach...So have the Labor Day monster taken care of

then its off to the the Calif 101 and a stay at a KOA at Eureka to traverse the redwoods that we missed while at Harris Beach.....

plan ends there to be completed later for the trek east and south...headed for the balloon liftoff...Oct 1
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:06 PM   #32
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Absolutely get to Depoe Bay and eat at Tidal Raves!
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:14 PM   #33
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the oregon coast

we continued our journey last Sunday morning leaving Olympia, after a stay at the Land Yacht Harbor

Our first stop was to be Fort Stevens...the journey up the 101 from Olympia was beautiful, driving thru South Bend, the Oyster capital of the world...and then the bridge at Astoria came into view...what a structure...beautiful bridge...and the Columbia river crashing and emptying into the Pacific...great sights ,

and then on to the state park...all 500 sites and thousands of campers, screaming kids, barking dogs and all..could not wait to leave...could not get a sat tv signal, which made it worse for one of the P's

but the highlight of the trip was a day trip east on US 30 to the bridge over the Columbia into Longview Wa and then the trip back west on WA 4...just a beautiful journey.... and as a side to this traveled up the WA103 to Long Beach and Ocean Park for another beautiful drive

then the journey to Beverly Beach and that is where the 101 started taking on unsurpassed beauty....The park there was ok...the spruce trees with their elepantine trunks was amazing...and the access to the beach was great.... as a day trip we traveled east on US 20 to Corvallis and then the turn around on OR 34 back to Waldport was just spectacular......

next stop...Sunset Beach...Charleston and Coos Bay and another spectacular bridge at North Bend...We are falling in love with the Oregon Coast.....Shore Acres, Cape Arago and Simpson Reef with its massive colony of otters, seals and sea lions...just amazing

all the while we are weaving our way around the Labor Day bash that is america...war vets with their signs wanting to know how this" war economy was working out for us"...???????

leaving Sunset Bay, we harbored at a KOA in or near Bandon...the Cranberry capital of america?? for yesterday and today....and more falling in love with the Oregon Coast...Cape Blanco...and Bandon its self........The Sixes River road!!!!!!!!

and tomorrow, Monday, the beloved labor day...we head for Harris Beach....finishing the Oregon Coast tour..(we are coming back next spring)...California, here we come for a slide down the 101 and Calif Hwy 1 bound for the Ballon festival in the AlbaQ Oct 1
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:04 PM   #34
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just to finish the deal

The Oregon Coast from Port Orford to Harris Beach ...is as close to heaven that one might get on this planet...the state parks all along the way starting with Cape Blanco and its access to the beach..Humbug Mtn...the Gold Beach...the Rogue river, all the samuel boardman scenic corridors, the pistol river...rock beach @ Harris beach and all and in between.....

the climate, the agriculture, the fresh veggies and berries....

leaving for California tomorrow...but will return to the Oregon coast in the spring
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So excited to see your narrative on this trip - - we are actually leaving for Southern Oregon in 9 days! We will visit Ashland, fly fish near Glide and take the scenic drive (rte 138?) then head over to the coast to come back to California - where did you stay along the coast? We were thinking of Sunset Bay and Gold Beach - any thoughts?
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:17 AM   #36
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Hate to leave the coast of Oregon

thanks wilkes 711.
...we have made a hurried trip down the coast, but plan to return in the spring and explore the entire state of Oregon
...we came down the coast from Astoria and were amazed at all the state parks and recreational area, and the bridges along the way..

.it is hard to say a favorite in this short stay...but Harris Beach for a place to stay...with Cape Blanco a second... and Coos Bay and Sunset Beach the entire coast is such a beautiful drive...and i am suprised at such little acces of roads going inland.

..and I guess I missed the Oregon Haystack at Cannon, but did not know of it until way passed but to the untrained eye the coast around Bandon and south has as many beautiful haystacks as Cannon...Rock Beach at Harris Beach is a beautiful puzzle to me

Anyway there is one road from Gold Beach to Grants Pass that is unmarked as to a number, but marked scenic that may be the 138 you refer to, ...but did not get to it...

Anyway sad to leave,.. excited that I was here and can't wait to return
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:18 PM   #37
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There are more rocks off the coast in California too. And bridges—there are some beautiful concrete bridges along the Cal. coast.

Mendocino is a town perched on a high bluff with beautiful views of the Pacific. Very touristy and if you like recreational shopping, is a place to go, or just go for the view. Point Reyes National Seashore is an idyllic peninsula off the coast that is worth seeing.

Be sure to see the redwoods. There's a narrow drive through the forest off the highway. Not sure how towing would work there as we drove through long before there was a trailer. The scenic drive shows more how a redwood forest looks relatively undisturbed.

Cell service is spotty along the coast. For ex., in Gualala, we drove to the highest point closest to the ocean (west of the highway) in a residential area to get service.

California has a lot of very good restaurants and we like to go there just to eat since western Colorado has a lot of bad restaurants.

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Christmas on Oregon Coast?

We are planning to head up the California coast and Oregon coast over our Christmas break. Can anyone give guidance as to what weather we can expect and any portions of 101 that will cause us issues this time of year?

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We stayed at the Cannon Beach RV resort a couple of months ago and enjoyed our stay. Walking distance to the beach and restaurants. Happy to recommend it.
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Anne,

You will be traveling some of the most beautiful country anywhere!
Along the coast in December & January, you can expect just about anything - rain, wind, some snow at higher elevations, and sun!
The closer to Oregon that you go, the more likelihood of rain. It's the kind of rain that doesn't seem to be raining yet everything gets wet!
We've been camping in Cape Mendocino around Christmas & had a low, misty cloud cover the entire trip. We've been in Newport OR when the winds clocked to 75 MPH whistling up Yaquina Bay. One year north of Lincoln City, we experience a minor snow storm. We've also been on the coast this time of year when it's been sunny & pleasant.

So, listen to the weather forecasts, don't get in a big hurry, take your fleecy, warm stuff & enjoy!

BTW, interesting that you quoted Hans Hofmann - he's a cousin of my 84 yr old mother's father.
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we enjoyed our voyage down the coast earlier this year so much we intend to head back that way and spend January and Feburary traversing the northern California and Southern Oregon coast and turn every rock and look in every cranny and experience all the diverse weather on the Pacific coast that we can
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Stop at Honey Bear RV park near Gold Beach. A great place for an overnight.
Fort Stevens, at the mouth of the Columbia was one of our favorites.
The Rogue Brewing company at Newport, OR also. There is a state park along the south jetty.
Have a great trip.
PS. We had an overnight at Orrich (sp) Northern California. A national park with only picnic tables directly fronting the Pacific Ocean. Get there early and line up with your door facing the beach. (If they still are permitting camping there.)
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