The coast at last! Cavorting on the beach with canine cuties

Wednesday, June 10

“This is the day, crew!  We are going to the beach!”

Bridget and Reggie, eyes brightly alert, take their crew positions in the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  Bridget stations herself in the middle of the bench seat, granting herself a forward view of the road.  Reggie prepares to pilot his doggie bed between the front seats.  I fire up the PTV and, with the Best Little Trailer securely hitched . . .

“We have lift-off!”

We pull out of Whittaker Creek Campground and follow Route 126 as it sidles along the Siuslaw River on its course to the sea.  We turn into Florence and make a quick stop for gas before motoring northward on historic Route 101.  I stop at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, dump tanks, and return to 101.  Trees and dunes and the lay of the land obscure the ocean from our view.

And then, in a breath-taking moment . . . there she is . . . the Pacific!

P1050520Oh, the glory of that first sight!

“We’re here!”  Reggie and Bridget spring to their feet.  Bridget squeals.  Reggie jumps into my arms.  “C’mon, you aren’t going to believe this!”

We scurry down a path between holly bushes, rhododendrons, and craggy trees, following fellow tourists to the beach.

P1050493The wind heightens our excitement!

P1050541“What IS this place, Reggie?”

P1050623“Do you remember the beach, Bridget?”

P1050504After the initial shock and awe, the crew is caught up in this new world. 

The sound of the waves, the expanse of the beach, the soft sand under paws, the cool wind, and me, running around laughing . . . .

Bridget and Reggie run with me, hopping and twirling with delight!  Rather than dampen the excitement, I forget about photos for a while and simply play.

P1050546I want to let Reggie and Bridget run free — that was the plan — but I decide not to risk a protracted chase in the brisk wind to catch Reggie if he should run off, become confused, and not return.

Tomorrow we will come to the beach early, before the wind picks up, and then they’ll be free to run off-leash.

P1050521Watching the happy frolics of Bridget and Reggie around me has me laughing and I resume snapping photos and laugh some more . . .

P1050544Reggie loves the sand! 

In a frenzy of fun, he digs and digs while Bridget and I share a moment of amusement at his antics.  “That’s our boy!”

P1050505The serious, squinting faces in the next photos are due to the wind as well as me insisting they be still so I can record the moment.

P1050497-001Although this next photo indicates otherwise, Reggie’s eyelid inflammation is gone.  The wind is the reason for the squint.

P1050498We play until the wind becomes too much. 

Exhilarated, we run across the sand to the path that goes up to the parking area.  The crew has a drink inside the PTV.

“Hang on, guys.  I want to grab a few more pictures before we go.”

P1050542An elderly many carrying a bucket comes up the path from the beach.  As he approaches I smile with a greeting.

P1050491“Hello!  Whatcha’ got in the bucket?”

He grins, comes over, and holds the bucket out for me to look.

“Hmm . . . rocks.  Looks like someone has a project.”

“Yeah, my wife wants these for her flower beds.  I come down here and gather up a few at a time.”

I learn he’s 85 years old and his name is Hal.

P1050519“I’m a pure Hal.  That’s my name, Hal.  It’s not a shortened version of Harold.”

Hal and his wife have a travel trailer, too. 

Hal is originally from South Dakota and had a career in foresty.

“We’re in Florence right now.”

P1050539The two of us stand, oblivious to the brisk wind and the passing of time, gabbing like old friends who’ve been separated for years.

P1050540We discuss numerous topics, skipping from one to another as if jumping from rock to rock over sea pools.

P1050531He asks about my life and I point to the Best Little Trailer and explain my move from a house in Georgia to a life on the road.

Hal’s reaction is warm and exuberant.

“I’m very proud of you!” he exclaims.  “You are very brave!”

P1050535It’s time to go our separate ways.

We wave goodbye from our vehicles.  I call out . . .

“It was nice meeting you, eighty-five-year-old pure Hal who hauls rocks in a bucket!”

P1050515Bridget’s and Reggie’s eyes reveal they are pleasantly pooped.

“Okay, you guys take a snooze while I look for our camp.”

(Note:  I pull into a few waysides as we move northward and take more photos, leaving the crew inside the PTV.  Some of those photos are above.  I’m not sure what was taken where!)

P1050488Beyond Yachats I drive into Tillicum Beach Campground.

This is a Siuslaw National Forest Campground ($21.82/half-price with senior discount pass).  I drive the loop.  The campground is almost full.  Although nicely situated by the beach, it doesn’t appeal to me because of the fierce wind.  We need to go inland.

We continue northward to Waldport and turn eastward at Alsea Bay.

Route 22 takes us to Blackberry Campground, a small, national forest campground along the Alsea River, quiet, peaceful, with lots of smooth lawn and no wind.

P1050607More about Blackberry, the rest of this perfect day, and more beach fun in the next post!




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170 Responses to The coast at last! Cavorting on the beach with canine cuties

  1. DeAnne in TN says:

    First??? I read post too

  2. Kitt NW WA says:

    Love the Oregon Coast, one of our favorite places to go. Looks like you are having a wonderful time. Great photos. They make me want to be there right now!

  3. colleen... says:

    2nd… love the pics.

  4. Deb D says:

    Great pics! The ocean always smells so good. So different then the East coast.
    The pups look like they will have a great time. Great pics of your happy crew.
    Enjoy !

  5. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    Wonderful pictures, I can hear the waves from here. Looks like your new campgound is a beauty too. I am so excited to be close to the water. Thank for making my afternoon. I can gaze at the pictures and pretend I am right there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jean. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and the sound of the waves!

  6. Dawn says:


  7. When/if I get out on the road…all I want to do is be near beaches…that’s all. What a great post, Sue. Glad you and the crew had so much fun 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy,

      I hope you find a way to be near beaches all the time. It’s not easy! I’m happy with our brief excursions. Very special times. Thanks for calling this post “great.”

    • Sandy in Georgia says:

      When/if I get out on the road, I want to be near water too, any water. Beach, lake, river, creek doesn’t matter. As long as me and my pups can go for a swim. 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’ll find plenty of water — “beach, lake, river, creek” — in Oregon!

        Along the road leading to Whittaker Creek Campground are places to pull off the road, climb down the bank, and wade and swim in the river. That one hot day when the temperature went well above 100, folks were cooling off — adults, children, dogs — all along that road.

      • Ya…same here: lake, creeks, ocean, river…don’t matter…just want water!

  8. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Reg man digging in the sand…..I predict when Reg Man gets his first off leash experience…he runs figure eights in the sand…and both you and Bridge stand there and laugh! I don’t think he’ll venture away from you. If he does…run away from him and make him chase you.

    What a nice gentleman, Hal! Wonder how many buckets of rocks he needs to gather?

    Enjoy your day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cinandjules! You enjoy your day, too.

      You are psychic!

      Well, Reggie is about fed up with me at this computer so long. Be back later. It’s time for another walk!

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      As many buckets of rocks as his wife REQUIRES!!!!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Do you all have smoky, smog-like conditions this week from the fire that was caused by a lightning strike in Canada? Two thousand miles away, we have had it hanging over us since Wednesday.

  9. kgdan says:

    Oh, I love the ocean!!! Super pictures!

    We are full bore into adjusting the new trailer to fit our goals, basking in the gardening season and complying with dr orders. It is beeeautiful here. We are eating fresh asparagus, zucchini, cherries, peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes, strawberries, raspberries. Apricots are just beginning.

    Gil removed the u-shaped dinette from the trailer; now waiting for the double recliner to be delivered to go in that space. Also waiting for the weight distribution apparatus. Of course we have to load it with all the regular stuff. Having the Casita gone is helping me make the transition.

    Gil is doing very well. Has most of his energy back and no longer experiences that breathlessness. Next week we find out the condition of his heart.

    Keep those pictures and stories coming!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      Your home does sound beautiful! All those fresh vegetables, fruits and berries!

      I agree with your remodel of the new trailer — A double recliner makes better use of your space than a dinette. A late congratulations on the sale of the Casita, BTW. . . .

      Wonderful news about Gil’s health! It would’ve been a terrible shame for him to be laid up over the summer. I’m very happy he is active and doing well. Thanks for the update! Hi, Gil!

      • kgdan says:

        Gil says ‘hi, Sue’. Says we hope we get to see you somewhere on next year’s trip.
        If you get anywhere near us this summer we will sneak up and leave a bundle of freshness on your doorstep. Not! We will get permission first !

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, you’re sweet. You put me on to Honey Crisp apples… the most expensive kind that I’ve come to love! And I made a pasta salad similar to yours — bowtie pasta, apple, dried cranberries, chopped rotisserie chicken, broccoli, feta cheese…. mmm!

          We’ve reached a situation where a decision where to go next has to be made and it’s high time to have some idea how we want the summer to unroll . . . At this point I want to go everywhere!

          • kgdan says:

            Those are my favorite apples as well. I justify the cost by rationalizing that they are healthy for me. I like slices dabbed with peanut butter in the morning with my coffee.

            By the time you get to the Columbia River you might have had enough ocean. May enjoy a trip east along the Columbia Gorge to Biggs Junction where you can turn north. Up through Goldendale, over Status Pass to Toppenish. By then, you might need a dump site, fresh water, friends and there is a perfect —free—spot right next to the Hwy. about 6 miles up the road. Just kidding -but I know the folks there would love it.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Good to hear Gil is feeling better, has much of his strength back! Here’s hoping the news about his heart is good news. Let him know that we all are cheering for him 🙂

  10. Timber n' me /near Sistters, Oregon says:

    Beautiful Sue, You’ve finely got back to the Pacific O, and Reggie n’ the Bridge seems to enjoy it,,,,,,,,,, We are in a great spot too,,,, near Cold Spring CG between 242 n’ 126 NWN of Sisters, lots of shade, a creek, and 1- 3 bars,,,, Timber likes this spot , cause after getting him as a pup, this where we came to first,,,, his ears weren’t up yet and we got know each other,,,,,, Timber was only 4 months old in 2009 of June, so he remembers this grand spot,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, me

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty and Timber,

      I see where you are — off Route 242 — beautiful country! And it’s a special place for you both. A creek and cell signal… You’re all set!

      Enjoy your “grand spot”…. Thanks for keeping in touch during your journey.

  11. weather says:

    Gorgeous post,Sue-Honestly,I’d be no more excited if it were the troupe and me arriving there,I’m ecstatic for you three!Terrific photos and even better narration-your happy exuberance and carefree joy comes through loud and clear.What a delightful gift to give yourself,the crew and us…just another hump day to most and look what you’ve turned it into,wow!To call your journey, and it’s influence, amazing would be an understatement.Hal was right,twirl and play on,friend-I’m loving this ride 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      It’s a pleasure for me to have you along on “this ride.” This was such a wonderful day from beginning to end. We are blessed with many wonderful days. This one, however, will always have a special glow in my memory. Bridget and Reggie were a delight. I kept bursting out with “this is so much fun!” Ha!

      And the following day was even better . . . Thanks for sharing my enthusiasm and joy.

      I hope you are mending well and finding joy in this day with your troupe. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Thanks,Sue,honestly I feel great,as though yesterday was a normal day,and today has been a joy.We were under a tornado watch until a few minutes ago,so I stayed away from the laptop until now.The whole shebang bypassed us,a town nearby lost trees,power,had straight line winds,quarter size hail.We had a touch of rain,occasional crackle of noise,light,mostly a pretty cloudy windy day.The whole “o-o-o,better be scared ,health crash,sky fall”thing sometimes really kinda cracks me up…

        …a special glow in my memory…great expression for days that stand apart from all others…I hope this one and tonight are lovely in their own way for you,wishing you an early and special n’nite

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Whoa! You sure do get the weather, weather! 🙂 I’m happy the storm bypassed you and that you “feel great” after your dental experience. You were wise to have the work done with less…

      • weather says:

        P.S.”What is it about a windy beach that makes one feel so alive?” You just pretty much described my life,why when you were making your plan to go west this summer I said life itself was calling you…I guess you know that in the original biblical language the word for wind and for spirit are the same .I just took the pups out for a preset sunset romp.We’re covered by a silvery blue fog you can barely see the whitecaps through,warm wind blowing wisps of white cloud around us through the trees and around the corners,sweet dreams while awake.

  12. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Very cool you are at the Coast!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela. . . . At last! 🙂

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      LOL, well that was a short note from me. Wanted to make the top-ten… 🙂

      Your photos are divine!
      Seeing them made me feel like a soaring Seagull above the waves…
      Adored seeing the paw prints in the sand, the breaking waves, the visitors enjoying the beach…all of it!
      Your photos reflex the beauty and power of the ocean…I’m always awestruck to be in the presence of the Coast. Such wonder for the eyes and ears to behold!
      No doubt You and Crew are on Cloud-9 🙂

      A request 🙂
      Will you make a sand marking of a large heart and stick draw Sue and Crew in the center of it? That Classic, Iconic photo…paw prints and all!?
      See, you have me captured by all this coast stuff, lol. I admit it, I am without shame. Most of all, enjoy and have a ball being there!!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi again, Pamela — I like your longer comment better! 🙂

        Your enthusiastic description of the ocean and coast is better than anything I wrote today. Your love shines in every line.

        I like that sand marking idea! Reminds me of the 66 I carved in the frosting of my birthday cake. Some situations call for a “mark.” I’ll try to make the heart in the sand just as you describe and, hopefully, the crew will participate, too.

        Thanks for the good words about my photos. It was a challenge in all that wind and excitement! Thanks also for sharing the fun with me. Somehow you make it even better!

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          Oh SUE! You are The Best 🙂 !
          Will await that iconic ~marking~.

          BTW, is the sand like powder or grit? I ask because you might want to shoot your shots thru a ziploc plastic bag during those times when the wind is really high. Sand can easily get into the lens and scratch it if you do not have a lens protector on it. Of course they make glass rain/sand sleeves too. Maybe check them out at Amazon if you are going to be there long enough.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I’m not sure what the sand is. I guess it’s powder or a mixture of powder and grit.

            I know what you mean about the lens. That’s why this post doesn’t include action shots of the crew playing and I limited myself to shots pointed away from the wind….

  13. Love seeing the ocean pics! I bet Reggie is all hyped up digging in the sand and running off leash! How did he do off leash ???
    Shortly after Chuck and I decided to become a couple, he left his dog Bobbie with me and he went back to California to sell his house and begin his move to Florida. I took my dog, Midget and Chucks dog to the beach and let them run off leash! Well, Midget stayed with me and Bobbie took off up the beach until all I could see was a black dot bouncing on the horizon! Calling him did no good, he just kept running! I was panicked! What was I going to tell Chuck ??? OMG!! I turned around to go back to my truck to get my leash, hoping that if he did come back, I would restrain him from running off again! As CinJules said, the act of me turning around and walking away from him, turned him around and by the time I got back to the beach, he was almost there too! Scared the beejeebers out of me! NOT the way to start off a new Romance! LOL!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      That’s the kind of thing I wanted to avoid! It was too cool and windy a day to deal with a run-away. Wow! I can’t imagine how panicked you must have been. It ended well… You and Chuck were married on a Florida beach and the romance goes on . . . . 🙂

      I’ll tell you and show you about the crew off-leash in the next post. I hope you both are feeling good. Hugs to the pups!

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Cute story, must have been shear panic at the time! Every serious girlfriend’s nightmare is letting something happen to HIS beloved pet! Glad it all worked out and you married them BOTH 😉 Win, Win!

  14. AZ Jim says:

    As I have told you earlier, I spent a lot of my youth living literally a block from the Southern California beach. Mostly Mission Beach. There was a set of rings and bars there on the sand. We kids loved the occasional wind there. Most of us had a wooden frame with some rabbit pen screen stretched on it. When the wind would blow it would move the top sand and we would seek out places like the bars and hanging rings because change would often drop below them.

    We would take our screen frames down in the areas of promise and scoop into the sand looking for treasure. 50 cent pieces were popular then so they ofter spilled from a hapless showoff at the rings or bars pockets (I guess because they were the heaviest coin) . A very good day could yield a couple of dollars to the diligent “sand surfer”. If nothing else, it kept us busy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a charming picture of your youth, Jim. Sifting beach sand for coins…. I can see it! And those 50-cent pieces could buy a young boy a lot in those days. ..

      I hope you regain your strength today. Seeing your story here is a double positive…. the story itself and you feeling well enough to write it. 🙂

  15. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Gorgeous photos, Sue, and I can smell that salt spray from here. Pups are having a big time just taking it all in; sights, smells, sounds, and DIGGING. Well, tell them I’m “digging” it, too. I’ve been to the West Coast, up around the Bay area, but never spent any time at the beach and I want to see it. Those Pacific beaches are a lot different from what I’m used to here at Tybee or Saint Simon’s Island, Georgia.

    Well, Blackberry Campground sounds neat, and from the photo it’s beautiful. What a nice name and it makes me think of Yogi and Boo-Boo for some reason!

    Getting an Amazon list ready to order and will go through your site. When it’s ready (making that list and checking it twice, gonna combine shipping) I’ll send it off.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      You’re right — Pacific beaches are different from Tybee or Saint Simon’s, although all are good! I spent a weekend at Tybee during a September many years ago and it was windy there, too…

      Thank you for planning to shop Amazon from here. I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to see my Amazon orders reports. I admit I thought people would forget about it after the first few months. I’m a strong believer in being provided with what one needs and apparently I’ll need those funds in the future, maybe for a “place.” Who knows what the future holds. Anyway… I’m grateful to you and all those who remember my links.

      Yeah, I like that name Blackberry… how sweet it is! A nice alternative to the beach when the wind is too much….

      I hope you do see, hear, smell and experience the west coast beach, Nancy. Thanks for the compliment on the photos.

      • Joy Sutton says:

        I have confession . My fire stopped charging and I knew I was going to have to replace soon. I read that Sue liked her paper white and shopped at all the options and on what I read here I purchased it. Love it it holds a charge forever. AND no apps for happy little fingers to grab book and take off with it. Bought Maude on Sue’s recommend and read it. Liked it,kinda sad life. Good book and almost local for me. I live just north of Kennet Mo. In the mountains . Heavy Native American myself but hope not mean. After a couple week a remembered I was going to buy the paper white by clicking on Sues link first. I think I forgot. My only excuse I am fairly new here. Hanging my head inshame.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Aww… Lift up your head, Joy. I forgive you! 🙂 I’m happy that you like your Paperwhite and you enjoyed the book.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Speaking of the Savannah Metro and Tybee…
      I plan to visit there with the next few weeks. Spend about three days, maybe a week at the most. Do you know of any boondocking places near by, say an hour or less away from the shoreline? I would be looking for a place to park to sleep mainly. My days will be filled with sightseeing the area and photography so I don’t need a campground. Well, if I need to dump the porta-pot then i’ll hunt a campground for that. Otherwise I hope to dry camp while there. I do hear that Savannah has some strict rules about Wal-mart stays so I don’t know. Maybe a cheap park campground if I have too but it would shorten my stay with the cost and all. Anyway, if you know of anything let me know please.

      • AlanOutandAbout says:

        Skidaway State park, just south of Savannah. Not much in the way of boondocks on the east coast, or east of the Mississippi either.

      • Nancy from South Georgia says:

        You could spend the time at my driveway as we will be gone for a week during June/July. Or you could park on our street. It just depends on how big your rig is. Mine is only 24 feet but our HOA pitches a fit if we’re parked more than 3-4 days and we keep our RV stored in a facility nearby. We’re in a small neighborhood on a cul de sac so it’s not a really busy street.

        Skidaway Island State Park is about 3 miles from me and they’ll charge you $12 to dump there. Otherwise I could find out what gas stations nearby have cheaper dump facilities.

        Is there a way I can personal message you?

        • Nancy from South Georgia says:

          Correction to this Skidaway Island fee…it’s $5.

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          You are so sweet to offer me your driveway for a few days. While it sounds wonderful, I simply couldn’t risk you making your neighbors or HOA feel the least bit uncomfortable since they don’t know me or my rig. My rig, for this trip, is just my Conversion Van. I won’t be hauling the Airstream since it is a solo trip, my hubby can’t get the time off from work to go this time around. I did talk to a park ranger via the phone and she is helping me with a rustic campsite at their park. A very nice young gal whose Granny is about my age. She said that they do not take reservations but that she put my name on her bulletin board…said for me to ~read between the lines~ and ask for her 🙂 I’m good with that 🙂
          Nancy, you can email me anytime! Just ask Sue for my email addy. She has it and it is OK with me that she gives it to you.
          Note to Sue:
          It is OK to release my email addy to Nancy 🙂

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Since you and Nancy won’t be making arrangements for you to park in her driveway, I suggest you let her know that you’ve arrived at the park (via this blog) and she can drop by to see you.

            I’ve made it my policy to avoid giving out my own email address and I try to consistently follow that policy no matter how sweet folks are. I hope you understand.

            • Pamela K. in GA says:

              You are completely right about the email policy. I forgot that YOUR email addy would also be on any correspondence you would send Nancy on my behalf. I had a senior-moment there, sorry. 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              That’s okay.

            • Nancy from South Georgia says:

              Hi Pamela,

              When you get to Savannah you can post a “hello” message on here (I check this blog daily) and if we’re here maybe we can devise some kind of way I can come see you if you’d like. I was a tour guide in downtown Savannah for several years so I could show you around if you’d like or give you some recommendations. We’ll be gone from June 28-July 6 but if you’re here before or after then, give me a shout out. Nancy

  16. Applegirl NY says:

    Looks like heaven to me. Absolutely stunning. I do wonder what the pups think when they see something so different. Blackberry looks great, too, at least from that picture.
    We’re heading up to the mountains for the weekend. Haven’t been in a couple of weeks and I need my fix.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Enjoy the Adirondacks, Applegirl!

      The beach was stunning, for sure. Reggie was stunned by it… and then he went crazy, having the time of his life!

  17. PookieBoy SE Texas says:

    Sue, I had the same reaction the first time I saw the Grand Canyon……took my breath away…..snow on the ground which surprised me at the time……
    you are right about the wind at the beach….always wind…plus when I leave the coast I seem to have a salt coating all over me and my clothes and a shrimpy smell….HA!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      There’s a special feeling that comes, after a time of being landlocked, when you break through the trees or climb over a dune and suddenly there’s the ocean. I can’t imagine how the early travelers west felt when they arrived at the coast, after crossing the prairie, the mountains, the desert….

  18. Susan in Dallas says:

    Wowie, Wow, Wow! As I’ve said before, I’m not a traveler, but I could sure make an exception for the Oregon coast. How inviting.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The towns along the coast look interesting, too. I passed a lot of “attractions”… I can’t do it all in a day and find a camp, too. There is much to see and do….

  19. Laura says:

    I just love your adventures with the crew. We let our dog off least on an Oregon beach
    & she was so excited. Chased after seagulls and was a black dot down the beach.
    The wind was up and she could not hear me calling. What a fright. Luckily she did
    turn back. When we first arrived at the beach…she was so excited she skidded in
    the sand and ate it thinking it was snow??? We are from Canada…who knows.
    Enjoy every minute

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s so funny, Laura! She thought sand was snow! What a setback for her…. Haha!

      I’m happy you are loving our travels. One can live small and live large at the same time!

  20. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What beautiful photos of the coast and of course Bridget & Reggie. Gosh, I wish I could afford to go somewhere. I am so restless, I can hardly stand it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Barbara, I wish you could, too! I’ve been in a similar situation and thought I would go nuts, being restless to GO somewhere! I pray something opens up in your life to grant you your wish.

  21. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    That last photo really makes me want to pack up and go, more than any other photo ev-ah! How far away was the nearest water? What was the daytime temp?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gayle,

      I can’t remember where that wayside was …. Strawberry Hill maybe? Water is available all up and down the coast at the state parks and small towns. I guess the temperature was in the mid-70s, wind chill brought that down to high 60s. I’m guessing…

  22. chas anderson says:

    Had an Adirondack camping adventure.My summer camp is in the 3 square mile search area for the two escaped murderers in NY.My 2 dogs Juice and Eddie were very busy protecting us from the machine gun equipped SWAT teams crisscrossing my camp.Eddie fell for the cute K9 search dog sniffing the trail they left.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hilarious! At least for me sitting here at my laptop across the country from two escaped murderers . . . Aww, Eddie….

    • Applegirl NY says:

      I hope they are suffering from black flies and mosquitoes! Lots of places to hide in these mountains, but they will be found at some point.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Yep…I have been hoping for chiggers, ticks, and west Nile infected mosquitoes! Anything that will make them sick and miserable.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Those two are some really vicious dudes. The woman who helped them escape is in deep doo-doo, and it will get worse for her if someone ends up being killed.

          • Timber n' me /near Sistters, Oregon says:

            The Woman is getting 7 years, 5 on good behavior , heard it on Fox,,,,,,,,,

  23. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Love it love it love it….
    The only time I did the Oregon coast was a blitz we did while I was my moms’ caregiver…I was paying a fortune each day for someone to take my place, but it was so worth it!
    Now I want to hitch up the Casita and do travel it long and slow. Husband isn’t too interested in going, but my bestie wants to go, so she will hook up her Scamp and we shall follow your lead!
    Husbands that support your itchy foot are the best, and mine is the best..just had our 51st anniversary, I think he is a keeper!
    Can’t wait to hear the next beach story…love it love it love it!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      51 years – Wow!!! Congratulations, Lee and hubby!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I add my congratulations to those from Denise. 51 years is quite an accomplishment!

      How great it is to have a best friend who has a Scamp and is ready to travel with you. I hope you hitch up the Casita soon and enjoy the Oregon coast as much as we are.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:


      You are so very right about husbands who support our wanderlust for travel! My beloved Klemper has always supported my travels, together and solo travels. Klemper met me as a traveling consultant to his research company. I let him know early on that travels were very important to me. He completely understood as he loves to travel when he gets the time off from his projects.

      You and me, we are lucky ladies, yes!
      They are special guys…keepers indeed!
      Safe travels to you and your best friend! Have a ball 🙂

  24. Jan Johnson says:

    How exciting! It’s beautiful there. Love the photo of Reggie digging in the sand and Bridget smiling at the camera, seeming to say, “Look at our boy!” They love their life of adventure!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      That was a cute moment. Bridget watched Reggie kick and dig and then she turned to me with that expression . . . . . She would NEVER dig in the sand. That’s so, so . . . canine! 🙂

  25. Monica-CA says:

    Looks refreshing and cool! I sure would enjoy walking the beach right now since the temperature is now 98- way too hot. Beach strolls always rejuvenate the soul. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Monica. What is it about a windy beach that makes one feel more alive? It was pure fun, playing around with my two pals. I wish I could send a cool ocean breeze to you…

  26. Dawn in MI says:

    It IS magic isn’t it, that first glimpse of something as magnificent as an ocean. Glad the crew loved it too. Reggie must think he’s in a giant amusement park just for him!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wait ’til you see the photos in the next post, Dawn. The beach was his own amusement park! Reggie was hilarious!

  27. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    This post is so happy and joy-filled….love it! Your pictures and words made me feel like I was there. I have not seen the Pacific Ocean yet….so different from the East Coast! Thank you for taking us along for the ride!

    Happy pups, happy Mom…ocean, a gorgeous camp with a nice reading room. All you need is a rotisserie chicken as the cherry on top! Enjoy, dear Sue and Crew! Sending you all hugs from me and Gracie pup. 🙂 Very glad that Reggie’s eye has healed! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup,

      How nice of you to mention Reggie’s eye. He has the prettiest eyes….I felt bad for him, squinting all the time.

      I hope you do see the Pacific Ocean.

      Oh, we did have rotisserie chicken! It was left-overs… Shortly after we arrived at Blackberry Campground I made a chicken sandwich for me and cut up some pieces for the crew. We have to celebrate a new camp. 🙂

      Have a wonderful evening!

  28. Carlene from NoCal says:

    I so look forward to taking my Corky, who looks similar to your Reggie, to the ocean. I so love reading your blog among others and have been reading them while planning my upcoming full time life.
    My house has been in escrow for 1 week and I’m praying that I can soon quit living vicariously thru all of your full timers blogs… with a projected launch date, the last week of July.

    I love the coast and it will happen sooner or later… travel safe Sue and your crew!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oooh, Carlene! I wish you a smooth, quick sale of the house! To think you’ll be a real full-timer before summer is over… how exciting! Please keep in touch… I relive my launch excitement through the readers who move from the status of wannabe to newbie! 🙂

      BTW…. Corky… a cute name!

  29. Diana B says:

    It’s been awhile .. but I’m compelled to write.
    During the past month, I’ve been beside myself with the anticipation of a trip to the Oregon coast. You see, my friend that owns the truck, has arranged round the clock care givers for her mom so we’ll be hooking up my 5th wheel.
    I’ve been reviewing all the systems, electric, water, sewage, propane etc…. precooking several dinners, menus, shopping… air in the tires.. reviewing psi’s.. and on and on…. the excitement builds.
    Well, we did it! We stayed on the coast 7 miles south of Yachats. The experience was grand! The best part was being lulled to sleep by the crashing waves and that all systems in the 5th wheel functioned properly.
    June 10th… time to head home. Sometime around noon-ish… I’m driving south on Hwy.101 and spin my head…wow, that looks like RVSues rig …..”I pull into a few waysides as we move northward”… well, it tickles me that ’twas probably thee…
    Your pictures are wonderful mementos as I did not take by camera…. was too busy digging for agates and like Hal, picking up beautiful black, smooth rocks for the garden.
    Thanks for all you do…. I’ve learned a lot and feel I was better prepared because of your blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Diana!

      What a wonderful report! I’m glad all your preparations paid off, that all systems ran well, that you hunted for agates and rocks, that you had a “grand time” and fell asleep to the sound of ocean waves…. lovely!

      I’m also glad that when your head spun around you didn’t drive off Hwy 101!

      • Diana B says:

        🙂 Right… at first I was just impressed that someone would pull across the south bound lane to the coast side since many of the pull outs are small….and then the double take… all fun!

  30. Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

    20 year ago the family and I spent a long weekend camping on the Washington Coast in August. The wind blew RELENTLESSLY!! It sure cured me of any thought of ever moving there!! LOL It’s a COLD wind that blows of the Washington Pacific Ocean!



    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Larry,

      Hal and I talked about the wind that begins as soon as the inland air reaches 70 degrees or so and the cool air from the sea meets it, causing wind all summer long, thus the almost empty beaches.

      Happy trails to you, too!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        “Sea breeze” is the name of that convective wind. Then there can be the opposite land breeze in the evening (when land cools down faster than sea).

        (It may be so strong in Oregon that it’s past the “breeze” stage and more of a wind, but sea breeze is the usual name for that phenomenon.)

        What a fantastic day you had! I was broiling in a busy laundromat where someone was playing loud “dance” music (on top of the background noise of the TV and the machines). Good times! So the cooling ocean/breeze/pup antics were very refreshing – thanks! I can’t wait to see more of Reggie being silly/enthusiastic on the beach.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Sea breeze, okay. Since when do I ever use the correct term for anything? Ha! “Moving air” works for me!

          Ah yes, the sound of television, washing machines, and dryers is not enough auditory stimulation!

  31. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    How beautiful….the pictures are wonderful!! I love the beach!!! So glad the 3 of you had such a good time. This post made me smile a lot.

    Love to you and the crew!!!!!

  32. Lynn Brooks says:

    The Pacific Ocean is SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!
    And — soooo different from the Atlantic!!!
    What fabulous pictures!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Lynn. It’s fun sharing it with you.

    • Dawn says:

      Her ocean pics have me inspired to start looking at Roadtreks again. Five year plan…

      Remind me to ask you what’s still on your bucket list next time we chat…this coastal destination is definitely on mine.

  33. Connie & Mugsy (AZ and MN) says:

    How exciting to be back to the Pacific. I’m not really a “sea” person, but I do love to watch it and enjoyed the photos.

    A few people had questions about my new rig on the previous thread, so I will answer them here. The common question was color and delivery. I ordered the upgrade “silver ice” and these days they add no stripes (hooray), so it can easily pass as a van for those who don’t notice the giveaway AC unit in the back. All the details can be seen at the Roadtrek website. The last delivery mentioned was mid-August, but that was before I changed from the 190 to the 170. These are really the last of the old traditional style van camper with the standard van door. I find the sliders hard on the shoulders, but that is a tale for another time… and my next RV. (yes, I’m already planning that one, of course) BTW, the interior will be ebony. To see that you need to look at the “Ranger” which is show with this interior. It is dark, but I love the look of it.

    Sidewinder asked about the batteries. Getting information from Roadtrek is like pulling teeth. Unlike my experience with LTV and GWV, where every question was answered quickly and accurately with one phone call to the factory… and small changes were do-able, the opposite with Roadtrek. Getting answers to my very specific questions was an absolute soap opera. They want people to buy the ones on the lots. It took a friend who has a friend at the factory to get any accurate answers for me. My salesperson had the same problem. The friend finally got me the information that they are Deka 8A31DTM, with a 105 AH capacity. So, two of them give you 210 AH. And they fight you every inch if you want to make any changes and then charge an exorbitant price. (they wanted me to pay for them NOT to install carpet in the cab area.) Their product is fine and they are the number one seller of Class B RVs, but it is not because of their great pre-sale customer service. LOL

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      That will be one sharp looking rig! I agree..the more your van can blend in, and not scream RV, it is a good thing! May make it less of a target for would be thieves. I was poking around RT’s site, and tried to build a 190 unit just for grins…that feature was very frustrating, not listing all available options and/or not being up to date. The downloadable brochure is out of date, referencing an anniversary option package from a couple years ago. I hope the frustrations you have experienced up front will soon be forgotten after you take delivery! 🙂

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Funny girl! I did the same last night with the 170. I picked charcoal….you?

        I didn’t know the shower pulled out…kind of like the Rialtas. At first I was thinking…how in the heck do you take a shower?? Standing ON the toilet?

        I’m starting to think…we have the same “taste”.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Oh yeah…my total was something like $111K

          • Pamela K. in GA says:

            WOW! That price tag is really pretty darn good considering everything. The new Chevy Conversion Van models by Explorer Company are starting at $68,000 to 89,000 on average. And they do NOT have a kitchen or a bathroom…unless you pay a lot extra to have them build it in for you! And they are not classified as RVs either, just luxury passenger vans. Needless to say, I baby what I have to the hilt and hope she lasts a very, very long time 🙂

          • Applegirl NY says:

            Holy Cow! It must be beautiful. My Casita was $100K less -as wonderful as it is, and how much we love it, it is not luxurious.

            Even our little place in the mountains cost less than 111K.

            • Pamela K. in GA says:

              I know what you mean. Does sound pretty high but the Roadtreks last forever and a day so I guess having an engine that lasts that long is worth the $111,000.00 and upwards price tag. Sure is not in my budget range but for those who can it is a good investment for their travel plans.

            • Denise - Richmond VA says:

              Hi Pamela and Applegirl,

              From what I have been reading, the Class Bs are so expensive because they have to engineer the van to incorporate lots of Class A features. None of the Class Bs are in my budget either, but it is fun to window shop! 🙂

            • Pamela K. in GA says:

              LOL, I’m with you…I, too, can do some powerful window shopping! Keeps those dollars in the bank for what? MORE TRAVEL 🙂

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Girl, that is just too, too funny!! 🙂

          Oh yes, Charcoal exterior, with the bamboo interior and two tone leather sofa. Funny you should mention the shower…I thought the same thing…shower while sitting on the toilet?! The bathroom looks tight…like you would literally have the sink against your knees or almost in your lap while using the toilet.

          I think my cost was close to yours. It is like buying a house! Makes the Escape look even better, even with having to buy a tow vehicle. I could buy two 17b units optioned out to my liking and a new TV for less!

          Speaking of the Escape…have you all considered a 17a? A full time bed in the front, plus full time large table (with views) out the back window. No bathroom, but….no winterization (other than draining the fresh water tank and pouring a little RV antifreeze in the kitchen drain), no tanks to worry about and maintain. A formal portapottti or 5gal trash bag lined paint bucket w/toilet seat for the potty, and sponge baths if camping in a location without facilities. A small tote for gray water disposal would need to be used if camping without hookups.

          If I am able to get an RV, I would most likely use the toilet only if it is nighttime, or if not near the facilities. Also, the small shower space and limited hot water would not be my first choice for showering. If the facilities are not that great, a sponge bath and washing my hair in a basin would suffice. Just thinking about how/where I think I would camp, and if a tiny bath is more important than a full time, comfy bed. Oh…and, if I am traveling by myself, no problem w/the bath situation. And…if traveling with a partner in crime, well, that much intimacy should not be a problem. If just a friend, well, one could step outside for a moment, or even set up a portable changing/potty tent just outside the RV. What do you think?

          We both have good taste!!! 🙂 Great minds think alike!

          Have you checked out the 2016 Winnebago Travalto 59k, with the twin beds? Search FitRV, click on RV Reviews….they did a walk through of the 2nd unit off the line. It is on the Dodge Promaster chassis. Gas engine is getting 15-17 mpg. I really like the open floorplan, but wonder if it is practical for boondocking (ck the fridge/lpg tank size) I think the black/red interior and charcoal exterior would be sharp! Check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            If I may jump in here with a quick word…”no tanks to worry about and maintain.” I don’t know what there is to worry about and the maintenance for a solo camper is only once every two weeks or more, takes a few minutes. As opposed to the maintenance of a port-o-potty/5 gallon bucket and running to the toilet house during the day, rain or shine, possibly filthy? To each his own, but I had to say something.

            Okay…enough from me…

            Hello, Cinandjules…. Denise is talking to you . . .

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Not even considering something w/o a bathroom. And I’m sure as hell not pooping or peeing in the middle of the rig in a bucket! That is just nasty!

              This girl HAS to have a shower.

              Looked at the Travalto, don’t like that “ottoman” right in the doorway, no leg room (Jules has Danish thighs) and the sliding door is not desirable with fur kids.

              So many folks aren’t happy with their Travalto or Eras. Back in the day, I really liked the 21 foot Rialta with the double bed on side.

              Nope…pretty much set on a TT.

              Winterizing isn’t a problem at all.

            • Denise - Richmond VA says:

              Sue and Cinandjules,
              Your responses made me laugh! Not in a bad way….your passion came through loud and clear! 🙂

            • Denise - Richmond VA says:


            • Denise - Richmond VA says:

              🙂 🙂

  34. Chris B - Southern California says:

    Hi Sue! Boy, you just made me more appreciative of where I live. We live very close to the beach in Southern California but ours is generally warm and not windy. It’s beautiful, but crowded in this area, but it is the beach! We grew up surfing here and I still go boogie boarding during the summer. The beach has always been a big part of our lives. We want to move but due to the perfect weather here that we have been conditioned to, we are hesitant. We love anything at the pine tree level in the mountains but would go crazy being locked up in the rain and snow, again, because we are conditioned to being able to do things year round here. I go all year without wearing long pants or a real jacket! There is something about knowing that the big body of blue water is crowd free and has always been there for us that keeps us sane. We just got back from camping in California, Arizona and Utah and as much as we love it, I think that deep down we still love our huge, overcrowded area of Southern California. Very frustrating because I do want out! LOL! We will see.

    Can’t wait to hear how the off leash experience goes at the beach. We have a beach close by where we take Diego for walks. Occasionally, when the air is cool and he’s been lounging around, we will take him onto the sand, let him off leash and he runs figure eights! It’s the strangest thing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chris,

      It sounds to me like you have it pretty darn good. You have your home situated in year-round perfect temps next to the beach you enjoy and also you can travel to other places with your camper when you want to get away from the crowd.

      I can see Diego making figure eights…. He’s a dog bred to run, sleek and long-legged… As for Reggie, he’s not exactly sleek and his legs are, well, short, but he can make figure eights, too!

      It’s always a treat for me to see you here… Hi to Clete! I hope y’all are having a fantastic summer!

  35. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Hi Sue,
    Those are great photos of the crew and the Pacific Ocean! I want to mention something, not just for you because I know you are cautious, but for Blogorinos who may not be familiar with the west coast. In the last two years I have read of three people who drowned when trying to save their dogs who were caught up in the waves on the northern California coast. Never, never turn your back on the Pacific! Yes, Pacific means peaceful but it isn’t always so. We have sleeper waves that come out of nowhere and wash everything from the beach. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Shortly after Bill and I moved to northern California, two young men from our town were washed off the rocks and into the ocean. They were wearing winter clothing and boots. The rip currents carried them out and they both drowned.
    Enjoy the beautiful Pacific coast with its amazing scenery and beautiful sunsets but keep your eyes open and your loved ones within reach.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      What you say is very, very true! Several photographers have also paid the price with their lives trying to get the perfect shot of breaking waves. Always so sad to read the stories. A number of the were seasoned photographers too! Not young and foolish types. Wonderful of you to sound a warning! We all need reminded over and over again, it’s so easy to be caught up in the moment and the beauty.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Always good to keep that in mind while at the beach. Thanks for the reminder, Marilu!

  36. Karyn Lee says:

    We did that same trek last August, great time for sure!

    Oregon really knows how to make a person feel welcome and the beauty is inescapable.

    If you get a chance, Judith Bell from is hosting at Harris Beach State Park, it’s a great place for sure!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karyn,

      Yes, Harris Beach SP is located in a beautiful spot. The crew and I camped there a few years ago.

  37. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, so glad Sue today was one of those perfect days!! We need them now and again!! Today here was nicely cool and windy!! Both hubby and I love the wind and it usually blows some here too…even though it is inland waters here. When we stayed near Hoquiam some years ago…in some kind of park overlooking the ocean…high on a bluff…the noise of the surf made it like we had been in a gym at a high school game…remember how you can hardly hear for awhile afterwards? Our trailer was moving in the wind all night…rather made me nervous a bit…but I remember hubby was enjoying the noise and the wind both!! Happy times!!

    Happy trails to you!! I am enjoying your photos!! We will be in Astoria down to Cannon Beach in a couple weeks….spending a few days with our dear “other son” (not really ours…but was the best friend of our son when they were teens and young adults). I am looking forward to it!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Wind can be a comfort or a terror . . . . I can understand your husband enjoying both the noise and the rocking caused by wind. When the wind is strong and buffets the BLT, I feel like a baby rocked in a cradle. 🙂

      How nice that your “other son” is in a scenic, beach area. I’m glad you are looking forward to the visit!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        He is coming out from Illinois actually…but his family go to this area most every year and they all go off someplace during the days and only spend the nighttimes together…so we will be with him and his wife during the daytime!! Works fine for us!!

  38. Deborah says:

    Your joy with the crew is contagious! I’m so happy you have the crew with you to share your excitement and fun! You sound quite well!

    I cannot believe I’ve been living in my RV over three months already. Time certainly flies! I find spending the summer in Florida a bit less than exciting since I’m not a fan of heat but that’s where I am for now! I’m hoping by October to be more mobile.

    Loving your blog, as always. Keep up the good work and keep laughing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deborah,

      Congratulations on three months living in your RV! I assume you are parked with electric hook-up to be comfortable this summer in Florida.

      Thanks for your positive words about my blog and for the wish for laughter. I wish the same for you!

      • Deborah says:

        Absolutely parked with electricity! It was in the low 90’s today with humidity to match! Can you imagine what it would be like without a/c?

  39. Wayne D says:

    Best times to be on beach is early morning until about 11:00am. Then the winds pick up.
    They don’t die down until sundown. Seems to be that way on all Oregon beach fronts.
    After 11:00a.m its time to find a more placid place, like Blackberry campground out of Waldport. You did good. Use to live in that area, right on the beach area, and never got use to the winds in the afternoons, so did most of my projects in early mornings.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wayne D.,

      Hal and I discussed the daily pattern of the wind on the Oregon coast and he said pretty much the same thing. I took his advice and we went to the beach early the next day.

      I love it when someone says, “You did good.” 🙂 Yes, Blackberry Campground was just what I was looking for.

  40. Pat says:

    Hi Sue, if you make it to South Beach State Park stop and say “Hi”. I’m the host in the tent area and love it here. I have hosted at Washburn and will be there again in September. The beach there is beautiful and you can park in the day use area to walk down to the beach. Enjoy your time on the coast!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pat. How nice that you have a camp host position that you love! Thanks for the invitation — At this point I don’t know if we are going to continue northward along the coast.

      One thing I like about the Oregon coast is the easy access to the beach. There are several state parks along the way, some with campgrounds and some only day use, plus many waysides, where you can walk to the beach very easily.

      Have a wonderful summer!

  41. MB says:

    Thank you Sue for the memories and images your post brought to mind. I was in tears at the first picture of the ocean. I always tear up when I see it for the first time….no matter which ocean. The Pacific coast is so different than ours in VA/NC. I love them both for different reasons. And I can so relate to your pure delight in being there. It was nice envisioning the cool breeze and the sound of the water. Here in central VA we are having some of the horrible humid/hot weather that is usually reserved for August. WHEW! I’m sure as a Georgia gal, you know exactly what I mean. Have a great day Sue! And thanks again. Love from VA. MB

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, MB. And thank you for your comment.

      The sight of the ocean can bring forth an emotional reaction in anyone sensitive to its beauty and majesty. I think it evokes dreams of freedom and yearnings for a life that is carefree . . .

      I empathize with your suffering in the humidity and heat. I hope it lets up soon. You have a great day, too, MB!

  42. Betty Shea says:

    Hi Sue and Crew,
    Beautiful photos! Your happy hearts shine through them!! I can almost smell the ocean and feel that glorious wind,lovely!
    Have the best summer ever!!

  43. Jodee Gravel on the road in Morro Bay, CA says:

    Having spent the last couple of days cavorting a few hundred miles south of you on the “same” beach, I totally understand your excitement and laughter. It is one of the most healing and exhilarating places on the planet! Your post makes me enjoy and appreciate it even more. Tessa has been here before and still her nose is doing double duty with all the new information in the winds. Reggie must have so many questions for Bridget. Your new spot looks perfect!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      It’s a marvelous world! Continue to enjoy the beautiful beach with Tessa….

  44. Barb from WA says:

    you are in the (in my opinion, anyway) PRETTIEST area of any coastline. Oregon and 101 is spectacular! Hope you get to see the Hecita (sp?) lighthouse.


    we’ll be passing through Florence in about 3 weeks on our way back from Coos Bay 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I agree… It is beautiful here. I did see the Heceta lighthouse when the crew and I visited the coast a couple years ago. This time there were too many people and vehicles for me to maneuver with the BLT with us.

  45. Marcia GB in MA says:

    What a great day! I felt like I was right there with you, watching Bridget and Reggie cavort on the beach. I hope you get to see Hal again. Maybe he’ll invite you to see what his wife is doing with those rocks in her garden You are so fortunate to be in that beautiful place. I think most of the Oregon coast is spectacular and can’t wait to see where you go next.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia,

      It’s unlikely I’ll ever see Hal again. It was one of those serendipitous meetings of kindred souls, lasting a short while and thoroughly enjoyable. Yes, it was a great day!

  46. DesertGinger says:

    I love that area. I have a good friend in Waldport, and I love Newport. I could live in Newport except it rains 10 months of the year. But your pictures make me long to be there.
    We are having rainy, fairly cool weather here in NY. But that’s ok. The other choice would be hot and humid, which is not my fave.

    School continues. Learning lots of stuff. I’m a little behind in homework and hope to catch up tonite. Trying to decide how long I will stay after the class.

    Need to figure what I’m doing with my house here. My tenants are leaving the end of this month. Hate to lose that income.
    I’m home for lunch and dog walk, but have to go soon.

    Love to all!

  47. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Your photos and story bring back such wonderful memories of my childhood when my parents and I took vacations along the Oregon/Washington coast. As an adult experiencing weather like we have had this week and knowing we had no AC back then, just a swamp cooler at best during the long California summers, I now understand better why my parents chose to spend their paid vacation from teaching and Dept of Corections along the coast. Me, I was happy with any vacation from my cozy spot at the rear of our station wagon, curled in with books and stuff to play with. Yesterday temps hit a record for that day in June of 106, and it sure was nice to sit in the AC and read of and look at your pics of a cool Oregon day at the beach.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Velda,

      I often wondered about how folks made it through the summer months in hot and humid Georgia with no air conditioning. Cooking over a wood stove? No microwave to make the cooking cooler…

      I’m glad my post brought back those special memories for you.

      • Joy Sutton says:

        I not only remember it but experienced it. Not GA but MO hot and humid also. I really remember canning green beans. I am allergic to the vines. I would breakout solid and then have to sit in the heat to break them into big pans that were then heated and the beans packed into jars sealed and immersed in big copper vats that were placed over the wood stove for hours to preserve. I have no longing for the good old days and boondocking without AC has me concerned in thoughts as I know that I won’t be able to pay for sites with electric full time. Did travel some in the bitter roots a couple yrs back and was impressed with the weather for July.

  48. weather says:

    commenting on the back of the back page because I don’t want to crash everyone’s mellow.My teeny finch stopped serenading me and must be doing that for our pals at the rainbow bridge… and the other one is singing her little heart out.She was no bigger than a pinky finger,it probably seems ridiculous-but I’m crying as though my sister passed on.It’s just that she sang me awake every morning and while prancing whenever she knew I was watching or she wanted me to…wow,this sucks!I know I’m “supposed” to let it out as that’s healthier than pretending all’s wonderful at the moment,hence this note-that I kinda hope no one sees.Lord knows I don’t feel like answering a jillion questions .I’ll get another companion for our other tiny friend,that will help her,and so really,all of us.Finches ,and troupes,do best as part of a flock

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