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Old 08-16-2004, 06:20 PM   #1
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Oregon here we come!

Howard and I are planning a trip to Oregon. We are staying a couple of nights in Bend, OR. Deschutes Brewery here we come! I believe on the way back to Colorado we will try the KOA in Sisters.

From Bend we are heading to Winchester Bay with reservations at The Marina RV Resort. The last leg of our trip will be spent at Beverly Beach – State Park.

I would love to hear from folks that would like to share what sights to see in these places. We have taken two previous trips to Oregon – the first starting North and traveling South and the second starting South and traveling North. Of course this was prior to our AS purchase and pretty rushed, which is not how we enjoy traveling. We did however enjoy the Oregon State Parks and their Yurts.

We are looking forward to spending time in our AS and in the beautiful state of Oregon! So let us know what we should sure make a point to see! Thanks!


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Old 08-16-2004, 06:38 PM   #2
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You'll love Sisters!

My sister and her husband live just outside of Sisters, I love that area.
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I 've lived in Oregon 57 years. When you head Back you realy should come up the north Umpqua river(thats the one that runs out at winchester) And is the hyway (138) that goes to Crater Lake. On your way up 138 you will find a multitude of camp grounds. Some overnighters and some day camps. the North Umqua is a very beutiful river and an excelent steelhead river to. What ever you do Have fun and enjoy our wonderfull climate.

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Lots to enjoy out here. We just spent the weekend at Newberry Crater near LaPine Oregon, just south of Bend. It is in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument (I think that's what it's called), and there are lava flows, caves, lakes, and a very memorable drive up 7000+ ft Paulina Peak to a spectacular 360 degree view of the area. We also enjoyed the High Desert Museum, just south of Bend.

I tell everyone if they come to the area to be sure and see Mt St Helens in SW Washington if they haven't done so yet. It's a little out of the way, but it's really worth spending a day on. You'll never see anything else quite like it.

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It's all pretty. If you get to the coastal area at the mouth of the Rogue river at Gold Beach you should take the Jet Boat 120 mile round trip up the Rogue. It's great scenery, wildlife and last year I saw an Airstream boondocking on a gravel bar with fishing poles in the water. Made me want to swim to shore.
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Old 08-16-2004, 08:01 PM   #6
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You're off to a great start!

Originally Posted by WolfSong
Howard and I are planning a trip to Oregon. We are staying a couple of nights in Bend, OR. Deschutes Brewery here we come! I believe on the way back to Colorado we will try the KOA in Sisters.

From Bend we are heading to Winchester Bay with reservations at The Marina RV Resort. The last leg of our trip will be spent at Beverly Beach – State Park.Sheila
Sheila - You and Howard are my kind of people - Deschutes Brewery as an Oregon destination! Awesome. I lived in Newport for a few years (south of Beverly Beach) and worked at Canyon Way Bookstore and Restaurant. I highly recommend it for shopping and for food. You may also want to hit Rogue Brewery in South Beach - you know, in keeping with the brewery theme .

Unfortunately, I've only done limited camping in Oregon but one of my favorite places is on the Metolius (Camp Sherman), just up the road from Sisters.

Enjoy your stay. It's been hot here so Beverly Beach will be a nice change.
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Old 08-16-2004, 09:47 PM   #7
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Please post a full report on your return so we can hear of your Oregon experience!

I want to visit Oregon badly - especially the areas you are planning... Tied up at the moment - anxious to get going on the road again.

Do tell!!!

Have a great trip.
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Oh Oregon!!

My wife and I have traveled the northern coast of Oregon and I can't begin to describe its beauty and wonder. We usually stay in Cannon Beach and travel north to Astoria or south to below Newport. We've been in the Canyon Way bookstore a number of times. We also enjoyed our day trip up the Columbia River Gorge to the town of Mt. Hood. Here's a few photos just to whet your appetite.

The top photo is from Ecola State Park just north of Cannon Beach. The second is of the Gorge looking upriver.

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Old 08-17-2004, 12:55 AM   #9
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Be sure to visit the forums own campcollector at Beverly Beach - he is a park ranger type and has recently restored a new AS that had a tree fall on it. Beverly beach is great - head for the spaces on the back loops - they are more isolated and nice and shady.
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Old 08-17-2004, 10:13 AM   #10
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We, too, will look forward to your postings after you return. We have Oregon at the top of our list of places to visit w/our Argosy. My husband got a chance to visit Portland and see some college friends, but I was not on the trip. All he talked about when he got back was "beautiful Oregon"!! Since we too live in Colorado, would like to hear about your route and if you liked the places you stop. Details and pictures!!!!! Please.
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Old 08-20-2004, 08:46 PM   #11
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If you have the chance, take 242 from Sisters down to Belknap Springs, you go through gorgeous scenery - lava fields, lush forest, etc. Belknap Springs is a great place to stay or camp, right on the river with hot springs. Then down 126 to Eugene, along the McKenzie River.

You might try to hit Wallowa Lake and the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the NE corner of the state, not too far north east of I84 at La Grande. Amazing mtns and a gorgeous lake, although a bit crowded on wknds.

And if you prefer uncrowded, the mtns of Eastern Oregon, accessible west of I84 are very pretty, unpopulated, and smell of sage, juniper and pinon pine. It is heavenly up there and rarely crowded like the Cascades. You might consider taking hwy 7 to 26, through John Day to get to Bend - a pretty drive.

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What a great travelogue! Oregon is one of our planned destinations too, so I'm taking this all in, adding it to our travel plans collection. Sounds like you'll have a wonderful trip. Remember, we'll be waiting for the report
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I live in Bend, about 4 blocks from the Deschutes Brewery. Sisters KOA is OK, right on the Highway. If you are looking for less commercialized camping,it is plentiful. Sparks Lake (30 miles from Bend) on the Cascade Lakes highway is one of my favorites, primitive sites that are big enough for you. The campground is on the edge of a meadow with a lake and big mtns in your face. Also try Tumalo State Park (halfway between Bend and Sisters) Its right on the Deschutes river with full hookups, I think a better option than KOA. Hwy 242 is great but leave the trailer at the campground, it is limited to vehicle combos of 35 feet and trailers are not advised, tough switchbacks.

3 other breweries in Bend beyond Deschutes, Silver Moon (really a supply store with beer on tap), Cascade Lakes Brewery (new kid) and Bend Brewing Company (BBC). Cheap beer nights are - Deschutes - Monday, BBC - Tuesday, Cascade Lakes Wednesday.

Recreation and entertainment are unlimited in Bend a good resource is, local paper, weekly entertainment rag -

All the recomendations from others are good. The Metolius especially is a good one that is over looked. The worst route you pick will still be great.

Happy to provide more info,

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Old 08-20-2004, 10:06 PM   #14
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one other mention that is close to Bend and overlooked is Smith Rock State Park (day use only, 20 miles from Bend) great scenery and a world class rock climbing area.

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