2017 Part 13 Alder Lake- Tacoma Power Park

6-1 thru 6-3  Alder Lake Campground
Raining when we got here, in fact rained most of the way from Ainsworth. It is beautiful here, the lake is right down the road well within walking distance.
Our Space

Drove  into Elbe and no internet signal so drove to Eatonville, got a signal there, then went to Cottage Bakery and Cafe and got coffee, busy there, people getting lunch. (2 towns here Eatonville & Elbe)     Went back to camp to make up the boxes and then back to Eatonville to mail and put the tracking numbers on Ebay, what a pain without the internet!

Saw a deer on the way out and on the way back, they are soooo delicate I can see why they never survive an encounter with a vehicle.

Deer by the Road

Waundered around the lake, we are starting to realize that all these RV parks have one thing in common, lawn mowers.  They mow somewhere in the park every day.  These are not quiet places, the one thing we miss here are trains.  There are none, that seems to be one of the pre-requisites for RV parks, guess the trains don’t come up here.

 

Flowers I’ve see along the road for days and finally
got to stop and take pictures

 

 

Alder Lake
Mount Rainier Viewed from roads around
Alder Lake

2017 Part 12 Ainsworth State Park

Part 13
Ainsworth State Park East of Portland in the Columbia Gorge
On the Columbia River
Wow is it a big river!
Our Spot  First time we took the canopy out and of course broke a strap
(yeah for camping world!)

5/28 thru 5/31

So much to do here!  We Spent the 1st day driving into troutdale (the nearest town)  to “Camping World” for all those things we didn’t know we needed and could not get, and couple of things we do need but they were out of stock (come to find out, they had just reopened after a fire) and of course grocery shopping.
Rick then spent the rest of the day doing the things that had to be done to the RV.

The next day we drove east to the Cascade Locks, (The locks are no longer locking)  ended up looking around, found a good spot to get a picture of the Bridge of the Gods,
they advertise a paddlewheeler there, but no sign of it.  Went to the  Bonnaville dam which is really impressive!

Bridge of the Gods

We saw how the water boils out on the downstream side and saw the fish ladders built beside the dam and even got to see some fish swimming upstream.  They have a fish counter who sits in a room and counts which and how many fish go by. We saw some ourselves, then they post the count each day. The Bonneville dam dumps water at the rate of 190,000 cubic feet per second….    into the Pacific Ocean. That’s a lotta watta!

 

We then went to the fish hatchery and they do trout, salmon & sturgeon, it was fun seeing them all different sizes.

 

Got a really cool video of a huge sturgeon:

Horsetail Falls

Then we went to horsetail falls which is really beautiful, we got really wet, but it was fun the upper part of horsetail falls is pony tail falls.

 

S’mores again for desert.  Love the campfire, hate the bites!
Rick & I Multnomah Falls
Multnomah falls
Me on the path to the bridge
Multnonah Fall Sign
Then on our last day at Ainsworth we went to Multnomah Falls.  Had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel there, then hiked up to the bridge.
After the bridge, went thru the gift shop (They are everywhere!) then we hung around for a long time waiting for a train to come by.

Rick, waiting for the train…….

We watched more people with their dogs (men and women) who could not handle their dogs (didn’t know how strong Pit Bulls are until a large grown man is hauled around with a leash in his hand and a Pit Bull on the other end).

We hear the freight trains from 8am to 8pm but of course one never came even though we had a GIANT frosty to pass the time.   No Train!   Drove into Troutdale Post office and got gas. Then we went up to “Vista House” which has an incredible view of the Columbia.

On our way back we saw the paddle wheeler going up river…  our lousy luck…

Heard the trains all night tonight, to make up for those that did not come when we waited for them.  Oh and by the way those things I thought were mosquitos were gnats and of course there are regular small black gnats  but I have no idea what is biting me.  (Could it be the dreaded no-see-um?) ‘cuz  I sure haven’t seen anything landing on me or biting me. They don’t seem to like Rick…..

 

Off to Alder Lake, stopped at Costco in Portland.  They have a singing greeter at this one, haven’t seen that before.

 We also hit the Wal-Marts in a lot of cities, boy the clientele sure changes!

 

 

2017 Part 11 Tugman State Park

Tubnam National Park, Oregon
5/25-5/27
Discovered mosquitos while we were setting up and don’t know if I want to go out again.

Our Spot

The merman got bit and the mermaid does not want to get bit so……….

Had S’mores for desert ( I did go out) and although we used dark chocolate, the graham Crackers are not the same and the marshmellows got soft in the middle faster than they used to, but they were delicious.

S’mores came shortly after pic taken

The bugs stayed just a above the fire so I could keep and eye on them.

On our way in the morning I got a couple pictures of some black swans and their chicks.  So my day was  wonderful before we even got started.

Black Swans

 

 

Went to North Bend right near Coos Bay and did the Cape Arago loop  which took us to Sunset Beach, Cape Arago and Simpsons Reef. The best stop was Simpsons Reef and although it was very foggy, got a couple pictures when the mist cleared a couple of times.

Cape Arago Loop foggy beach

 

Simpsons Reef – Sea Lions – elephant Seals and more
believe me they are there,  I could hear them too

 

The following day we went up to Winchester Bay.    Everyone asked if we had seen the dunes and we did finally see a lot of them.  They run up and down the coast of Oregon for miles.  Dune Buggies were running up and down them every day/evening we were there.  We could hear them (just didn’t know what we were hearing ’til we saw them).

One of the smaller dunes

 

Umpqua Lighthouse

Did a tour of the Umpqua lighthouse. 65 feet high and we went up the spiral staircase to the top. This was the first lighthouse on the Oregon coast where the Umpqua River flows into the Pacific.   At that time it was built right on the sand to help the ships find where to go more safely.   It soon fell over, but not before the lens was safely removed by the coasties that were stationed there.
(It was fun seeing the pictures of the guys, all clean cut, short hair and white t-shirts) The lighthouse was rebuilt a few years later on land.  Now the shipping is all done by rail so the rivers just flow. The land/dunes have moved so much that the lighthouse is now almost ½ mile inland. We got to go to the top and take pictures of the lens which was made in Paris, from the inside.  It runs 24 hours a day now that it has electricity- used to be the lighthouse keeper lit the light 1 hour before sunset and had to refuel it every 4 hours all night long until 1 hour after sunrise.  It is one of the few ligthouses that are still open to the public. and no one knows how much longer it will be open to visitors.  It is the only lighthouse in the world with this specfic kind of lens and everyone we spoke to recommended that we see it and advised us to return after dark for pictures.  Which we did.

Lens from the inside
Lighthouse at night

Lighthouses have their own individual signature, Umpqua is white, white, red, and each ones is on for a certain number of seconds based on the speed that the lens turns and the size of the colored glass.  Seamen knew where they were based on the signature of the lighthouse.

Go to link above for video of what the beach was like at Umpqua

2017 Part 10 Humbug Mountain

Finally in Oregon 5/22, 23 & 24
Oregon interesting facts: their road repairs are worse then California, maybe they just have so many, it’s hard to keep up.
The fine for littering is $6250!  Guess that is why the roads are so clean!
We thought the attendant was really nice,  but found out later that it is illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon. Then even later we learned more…. Before January 1 2017 no one could pump their own gas at all.  As of January countys with populations under 40,000  are allowed to keep the pumps open at night between 6pm and 6am. The pumps are coin-operated or self-service machines. Those are the only times and circumstances you can pump your own gas.
Arrived at Humbug Mountain State Park (Oregon) and it is a beautiful place.  We set up then walked the beach.

 

Rick at Humbug
The Beach at Humbug

 

Beach find

 

More of the beach at Humbug

Of course Rick always gets the best shots of me……..

Jeanne Collecting

 

Steller Jay

 

Bridge by Humbug

This was a beautiful bridge!

Bridge we had to go under to the Beach

The path was really narrow, I had to hang onto the rocks on the side, Rick (the goat) had no problem at all……..

How did that log get clear up there?

 

Sea Gulls bathing in fresh water in Brush creek
that empties into Ocean

 

Small cave at Humbug

 

Large cave at Humbug
Rock with a tight belt at Humbug

 

Small Rocks and Large Rocks

Instead of driftwood (there is some) but  the ROCKS would not be ignored.   Round rocks, Flat rocks, streaked rocks.  What can I say?  The problem is….. rocks are much heavier then driftwood.

Brush creek (that is the Brush Creek that is here, evidently there are Brush creeks everywhere.) empties into the pacific Ocean here.  Fun watching the gulls bathe in the fresh water.

Gulls bathing in Brush Creek
This Steller Jay loved bread

Port Orford was the closest town so that is the town we went to the most, was a Dollar General there that we marveled at, they seemed to have everything!…

Rick walking the beach at Humbug in the wind

Tried the Mocha in Port Orford and found it not worth having again.  We walked the beach again on the next day because it was going to be windy on the following day.  As usual the forecasts were wrong as the beach was very windy, with gusts of at least 20mph.

I still got some rocks and a few pieces of driftwood.  We were out at least an hour.  We did take a drive north one day and the beaches are beautiful!  Driftwood everywhere!

 

2017 Part 9 Crescent City

 May 19 thru May 22 Stayed at RV park in Crescent City
The RV park  is just before you enter town, right on the bay.

It is windy here, did take a short walk on the beach in the evening and found a lot of driftwood and several  very curious squirrels.

Jedadiah  Smith Park
Squirrel neighbors

 

Collecting driftwood

It is very foggy this morning, the fog horn blew every 7 minutes all day and night, now I know why………We drove up to Jedadian smith StatePark, not foggy here.  We went in the back way by accident and drove all through the park, the road was incredible, one car wide, weaving between trees for about 7 miles.

Back way-one lane Jedadiah Smith

The lady on our GPS lady kept telling us to park and walk the rest of the way, but Rick kept driving amd ignored the GPS.  It is just increcibly beautiful.

Huge Tree by the Road & Rick

We stopped at the Smith River and walked down to the edge, there were a lot of people it was a Saturday.

Bridge leaving Jed Smith Park

 

Rick at the Smith River

Back at camp is very windy, we took a nap.

On Sunday we fiddled around all morning, then went shopping and got a Dutch Bros. answer to Starbucks Frappacino, Starbucks is better.

Crescent City Low tide – is sooo shallow that even when
the tide is high, it’s not deep

 

Crescent City Lighthouse, we only saw boats
at high tide.

 

2017 Part 8 Klamath River revised 6-18-17

Part 9
Klamath River  – Flows into the Pacific Ocan at the rate of 17 thousand Cubic feet per second.
It is cooooold!
Weed in the grass(I love flowers)
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Flower by the road
Lily Pads where the river spreads and ponds form
Where the Klamath Meets the Pacific.

We went past our park and explored to the end of the road which overlooks the  mouth of the Klamath River where it empties into the Pacific.

 

Took a short trip north, looking for a market, however the only market around there is not really much of a market, they didn’t even have potatoes!

Our Spot

 

Old Bridge washed out in 1964
Jeanne standing (in front of bear) on what is left of the old bridge.

 

The Klamath River bridge was washed out in 1964 and the concrete bears that were on each side, so when they built the new bridge they put bears there also.  They are painted gold and it’s a long story but years ago some men got bored and decided to paint them and one had gold paint so………..

On the way to Crescent we came across an elk herd. They were all females guess the males were hiding.

Elk Herd at Oreck

 

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