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Just Another Day of RV Living

What a day we had yesterday!  Shortly after I wrote yesterday’s blog post the crazy holiday weekenders began arriving. I am sure there will be a steady stream of RVs and boats pulling in today as well. So, there went the peace and quiet. But, it is still a lovely spot and I am enjoying it nonetheless!

In the afternoon, Betsy and I headed off to town to do laundry. I’d been to the outskirts of Henderson several times to visit the wonderful Raleigh Road Drive-In, but I’d never gone into town (I actually didn’t even realize there was a town). Let’s just say that poor Henderson has seen better days (I hope!). My gps took us into a questionable part of town and left us at a dirty laundromat beside a boarded up house, in front of an abandoned grocery store, and across the street from a man hollering up a storm about who-knows-what. So, that turned out to be the second scariest laundromat of our three month trip! Thankfully, we arrived home safe and sound.

In the evening, we decided we had better drain our tanks before the roads got any busier with holiday traffic. This is the first time we have not had sewer hookups at our camp site. We conserved our water usage and managed to go from Saturday afternoon until Thursday evening before filling up!  Of course, that required showering at the park bathroom, using paper plates, and such, which isn’t as convenient but not too terrible. I will, however, be glad to have sewer hookups at the next park! The minute George and Nick pulled away to go drain the tanks it started pouring. Betsy, Pierre, and I were soaked through. And for whatever reason, it felt like camping. Real camping. To my surprise, most of the time RV living feels just like that… living. So, it is fun once in a while to feel like a camper. Haha!


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Back In North Carolina

I love North Carolina. I love its coastline, mountains, rivers, and countryside. Truly sublime! It is a beautiful land with wonderful character. North Carolina is my adopted home and I am so happy to be back.

So, here we are in rural North Carolina. We are camping beside Kerr Lake. I’m loving it.


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Hello, Michigan!

We arrived in Michigan this evening. We’re spending the night in Lake Gogebic State Park. We have a lovely spot right along the lake. Unfortunately, we are on quite a slope and I really hope I don’t wake up in the water. Haha!


Tomorrow we head for Frankenmuth!

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Redwood, Some REALLY Tall Trees

We have spent two chilly, wet, fabulous days in the Redwood Forest.  Redwood National and State Parks are amazing! Amazing! I am incapable of capturing the grandness, height, and beauty in my words or pictures. If you have never been to the Redwoods, you really should see these awesome trees for yourself.

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.” -John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley: In Search of America

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It is a tree lovers paradise. And even if you are not the tree hugger type, this just might make a lover out of you.
























Monday my husband wanted to hike Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The 8 mile drive to the canyon was fantastic with tall moss covered trees and ferns all along the road. Towards the end of the drive the ocean comes into view. Just lovely!











Unfortnately, I was having an IBD day and the bumpy ride was not helpful. I rested in the car while my family hiked. My husband said that it was one the most beautiful places he has ever visited. He brought back these pictures from Fern Canyon.



I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.  -e.e. cummings

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Heading South




We have spent the past two days heading south. Late Saturday morning we left Newport and headed down the Oregon coast. Highway 101 is a beautifully scenic drive. The picturesque views of the ocean are excellent. There are numerous state parks all along the coast. They are lovely and right on the ocean providing terrific views of the Pacific, hiking, and camping. Well done, Oregon! Well done!















We stopped at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area along the way.











We visited the Coquille River Lighthouse and spent some time at Bullards Beach.




















Saturday night camped at the lovely Bullards Beach State Park. The campsites were spacious and afforded a rare amount of privacy. The beach was only a short walk away.


Unlike yesterday’s beautiful sunshine, today was rather blustery. It was rainy, dreary, and gray. And though I was missing the sun, I must say that the mist and fog added to the charms of Oregon and California’s rugged coastlines.












We are staying along the Klamath River tonight.










Tomorrow I will write about our Redwood Forest adventures. BIG TREES = BIG ADVENTURE

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Yaquina Lighthouses and Devils Punch Bowl

After a dreary, rainy morning, the sun made an unexpected, but glorious, appearance this afternoon. We set out for Yaquina Bay State Park to view the historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.  It is an adorable little lighthouse in a lovely little park. The lighthouse was actually only in use for 3 years. It sat empty, unused, and dilapidated until it was restored in 1974. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse’s light was re-lit in 1996.


We then drove up to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area to see the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The view of the lighthouse standing boldly on the cliff above the ocean was so picturesque it almost felt surreal. The park was wonderfully rugged and natural. The beauty was breathtaking. Truly.
























From the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, we walked down to Cobble Beach. It was marvelous!  It is an extraordinary beach!  I was in awe of the beauty as I stood with cliffs behind me, the rugged coastline before me, and piles of round basalt rocks beneath my feet. Harbor seals basked in the sun on the rough rocks jutting out of the ocean, while birds flew over head circling the waters below, calling out to their friends.

























We arrived at low tide, which provided an awesome view of mussels, star fish, hermit crabs, turban snails, purple sea urchins, green anemones, and blue crabs.  There is something so amazing and wonderful about seeing these creatures in their natural habitat. Nature, wild and free.



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Finally, we drove to Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area. It is a great little park overlooking Devils Punch Bowl. Unfortunately, we arrived at low tide, so the punch bowl was empty. Nonetheless, it was quite a sight!



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Columbia River Gorge

We have enjoyed a wonderful week in the Columbia River Gorge!  After reading this review, we decided to camp in Memaloose State Park. It is a lovely park with an amazing view of the river!  Memaloose is situated between the little towns of Hood River and The Dalles, which has been a lot of fun.  Today we are moving on toward Mt. Hood for new adventures!


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Goodbye, Washington!

This afternoon we are heading on to Oregon, but we have truly enjoyed our time in Washington. We stayed at the Mt. St. Helens RV Resort, which is a great little campground on a hill over looking Silver Lake with a terrific view of it’s namesake, Mt. St. Helens.  Yesterday we had lunch and went for a short hike in Seaquest State Park. It is a lovely place full of evergreens, moss, and ferns.


Later in the afternoon, Nick took the boys out for another hike in the Gifford Pinchot National Park.


Goodbye, Washington! It’s been lovely!

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