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Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli

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This was an unexpected trip to take care of some business in Florence that took a lot longer than expected so we made the most of things.

We stayed a couple days at Honeyman SP and hiked around the sand dunes. This is where we made our Christmas dinner of rib eye roast in the TC oven. It just barely fit. I actually had to squash it down a bit to fit. You have to love the versatility of a truck camper.

The first three days were sunny and warm enough but it was cold, windy, and wet the rest of the time.

We got bumped out of our spot on the third day so we moved to Waxmyrtle FS campground a few miles south. The place is beautifully maintained and we had it almost entirely to ourselves except for the host and one blue tarp tent camper. Waxmyrtle has a great nature walk through a bird sanctuary and out to the beach. There are lots of different birds to see and other critters. From Waxmyrtle, across the river and road is the Lagoon campground with its own interesting nature trail. Altogether, it makes for about 7 or 8 miles of hiking.

Next, we moved into the Port of Siuslaw, Marina, RV, and tent campground, in Florence, and spoiled ourselves. We had the place again practically to ourselves. We got a spot on the river and backed into a grand view of the harbor, marina, and Florence Bridge. The RV site also has WIFI, TV, full hookups and a laundry.

Finally we got our business concluded and began our trip home. Before leaving Florence, the spark plug on #3 fouled and had to be cleaned. It seems the intake manifold gasket has developed a small leak which allows coolant to fill the spark plug holes and short out the plug. Safeway's parking lot lighting supplied some light to do the job and afterward, the truck ran like a top again.

We hit the road and headed through the tunnel and across the pass to Eugene then up I-5. We hit snow at Salem and all the way up to Longview, WA. The worst of it was in Portland where there were cars and trucks spun out everywhere. The road was really icy through Portland. The CB's channel 17 was very handy for a change listening to the truckers give road information.

At about 3:30 AM, we arrived back home, left everything in the camper and went to bed. Funny thing is, I think I sleep better in the TC.

Here's the pictures.

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Honeyman SP

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Honeyman Theater

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The Swamp

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Sand Dunes

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Sand Dunes

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Sand Dunes

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This little guy was sunning himself

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Sand Dunes

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The Beach

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Sand Dunes at the beach

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Kelli with her stick for drawing in the sand

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Kelli art

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Me

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Christmas Train

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Christmas Truck

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Night shot in Moon Light at Waxmyrtle CG. ASA 100 F2.8 20 seconds.

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Same shot and settings but at ASA 1600.

The next couple shots are BULB setting at F8 and then illuminating with a flashlight.

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Moon Backlighting

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Illumination with a flashlight

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One more for kicks. Illuminating the camper and trees. It was from a distance so the efect is less.

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Daytime at Waxmyrtle. A nice CG.

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Views of the campground

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The river by Waxmyrtle CG

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Across the river and road to the Lagoon CG

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South American Nutria Giant Rodents have infested the area. They escaped from a fur farm near Tillamook years ago after a flood and took hold quickly.

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The Lagoon trail is an easy one for most people.

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Could this be Oregon's solution to the Nutria problem?

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saw this little guy on the Waxmyrtle trail out to the beaches.

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Climbing the steps of a Traveling Dune.

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Mouth of the river at the Pacific Ocean.

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Fishing Boat

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Waxmyrtle Trail.

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Looking up river.

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Hawk.

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Lots of birds. Fishing boat in distance.

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None of the other birds wanted to hang out with this eagle. There were two but one took off before I could get within range.

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Soon as the Eagle took off, the other birds got the flock out of there.

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We moved to the Port of Siuslaw RV Marine and Tent camping area in the old town area of Florence right on the river.

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Not the prettiest but in the summer when you're parked there and hanging out on the grass by the river, you'll be happy enough.
It was cold, windy, and rainy while we were there. It was a short walk to the old town area and we got food, mochas, and did a little shop browsing for the female. It also gave us a chance to do laundry and internet. We needed the laundry since this was originally going to be a couple day trip.

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View of the other side.

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Lots of birds around. Seals in the river. Salmon running.

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We had three neighbors show up the second day but we never met them. They had some nice boats.

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The Marina boardwalk.

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Florence Marina.

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Sculpture

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Kelli

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Last shot of the Florence Bridge.

That concludes this trip report.
It was going to be just a couple days of getting business handled in Florence but turned into a pretty decent, unexpected, ten day trip over Christmas. We have to go back down to Florence on the 11th to hopefully conclude things and take full possession of property.
We'll see how it goes then.

Happy New Year to all.
Jeff

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wow Jeff, very nice pictures. Thank you for sharing.


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Nice reports, thanks for sharing


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HI,

Nice pictures,

I want to get back up there. I grew up in Grants Pass, and really miss Oregon.

Nice looking camper and truck too!

Good Luck,

Fred.

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Those unexpected trips can sometimes be the best. Seems like you had plenty of time to relax and enjoy the trip.

Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics too.


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I have been up to Florence and the pictures do not do it justice, can not wait to go back! Thank you for sharing.
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We spend the summers just up the coast from there at Newport. A lot of our Elk's RV friends from home stay in Florence at the Elks or 1000 trails, so we mosey down that way and have visited most of the sites that you took pictures of. Love the Oregon coast during summers but just don't have the cojones to spend a winter.

Great pics..

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Looks like a great trip!


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Wow...Nice business trip. I am hoping to get to the Oregon Coast this summer. I have never been. Trying to decide where to stay Florence, Newport, Lincoln City, Tillamook. Only have a few days, I am an Elk and there are many other SP choices. Any recommendations?

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Next time you are in Florence, check out the museum near old town. There is a lot to see and some interesting people too.


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