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Posted: 06/02/14 07:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As we headed up to Oregon from San Diego to pick up our new Wolf Creek 850 Truck camper our friends sent us pictures of what Escondido, Ca looked like. We were thankful to be leaving Southern California.
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We headed to Apache Camping Center to pick up our Factory Fresh Camper [emoticon]
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Ed was awesome as we did the walk thru, it didn't take very long as I was pretty familiar with the Wolf Creek 850 already
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The kids approved and we were on our way to stock up on food and nick nacks at walmart, fill the propane, gas up and go camping right away
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after spending around $600 bucks at walmart (ouch) heading out the hwy 224 and couple hours later we found the first campground that looked nice and pulled in.

the kids were ready from some bike riding, and I was ready for a brewski
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we explored the river
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and enjoyed the lush forests of the northwest. I finally realized how much of a desert we live in!
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We headed further in the "bush" to an amazing place called Timothy Lake
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we found a cool campsite right on the lake, the kids wanted to fish so I quickly had to google how to tie a fishing knot. My last name being Sturgeon you would think I would be an angler, but that is not the case.
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we looped around to hwy 26 on our way back into Portland and stopped by Mt.Hood
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I was scheduled to work the following week in Portland trying to get plumbers to switch to my little green angle stop box. I guess we brought the sunshine with us from so cal [emoticon]
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the week went great except my son had to get his two front teeth pulled. Luckily we have friends in Portland and they recommended the best Dentist on planet earth. Instead of most people in San Diego heading to Tijuana to get their dental work done, we will just head to Portland next time. I had the next 11 days off so the sky was the limit [emoticon]

We are super fans of the show Little People Big World and we have always wanted to get our Halloween pumpkins there. we were surprised to find out they offer private tours. We headed to the farm and since I forgot a measuring tape on the trip were able to measure the height of our rig on the way there.
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Matt Roloff Picked us up in his Ranger and gave us a Private Tour of his amazing farm, complete with swamp forts, castles, tree houses, an old western town and a lot more [emoticon]
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we headed west from Hilsboro on the 24 to the 101!
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we ended up at Nehalem Bay State park
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and our first taste of the amazing Oregon Coast
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the sands a bit cleaner here than so cal
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and there seems to be a bit more wood in the area
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biking in the area is also pretty nice
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and the sunsets aren't too bad either
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It was memorial day weekend and we decided to head south down the coast hoping we would find a place to camp.

we heard seal rock rv cove was a nice place so we headed in.
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they only had one site left which was for tent campers only. They said we could have the site if we could fit our rig in.

No problemo! Again the beauty of owning a Truck Camper
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The beach right across from the campground is sweet
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luckily we arrived at low tide and the tide pools were nice
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We headed further down the coast
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and ended up at Harris Beach State Park, Again the only sites they had were Tent Sites and they let us park our Rig
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we explored the coast and wished we brought our kayaks!
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we were very happy to have our bikes [emoticon]
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Our final destination was the Redwoods so we headed to Jedidiah Smith State Park
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This campsite will do [emoticon]
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The smith river runs right behind the campground, which has some nice rocks for skipping
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trying our fishing skills once again
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we weren't having any luck so I though I would jump in and look around. I guess the salmon only come in the Fall. Looks like we will have to come back again.
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We headed around to get on the opposite side of the smith river and explore the Stout Grove which is Howland Hill Road
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south fork smith river, again we were missing our kayaks or at least our inflatable raft!
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the road was closed to vehicles, so we had to break out the bikes
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Stout Grove Video

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It was time to go check out other parks so we dumped, filled and headed out
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again the 101 is an amazing drive
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we decided on Prarie Creek Redwood state park and the Gold Bluff Campground and oh boy did we hit the mother lode!!!
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the 6 mile drive in to the campground is stunning
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and we were blessed with blue skies!
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the campground is pretty basic,
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It is where you are that is stunning
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If there was a Truck camper "mecca" or 101 best campgrounds for a truck camper, this would be on the top of the list. There were several other truck campers and we felt right at home [emoticon]
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The kids hit the sand
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it was perfect not too soft, and not too hard
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I was finally able to use my shovel on the trip!
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Brett and his "sand angel"
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And it just keeps getting better...
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2 miles north of the campground there is Fern Canyon we wanted to check out
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The local residents were checking us out as well
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so we thought we would check them out
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Elk Encounter video

we went further along the trail and were expecting to see dinosaurs
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Fern Canyon
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we woke up the next morning and felt like we were being watched
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hope you enjoyed the trip I know we did, and we really love our truck camper.

Nolan

* This post was edited 06/02/14 07:25pm by anutami *


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Posted: 06/02/14 07:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

nice trip report that looks like a great trip, good way to break in the new rig.


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Posted: 06/02/14 07:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You win the prize for the best trip report so far this year. What an awesome way to break in the camper. I'm already looking forward to your next trip report.
Mike


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That is really a wonderful trip you have posted. I really enjoyed it. Just on the opposite coast from me. Glad you enjoyed your new camper.


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Nolan, I'm the guy that had the Lance you looked at. We are doing almost the same trip you did on our way up into Canada. Even staying at Nehalem. Great trip report!

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RZAR66 wrote:

Nolan, I'm the guy that had the Lance you looked at. We are doing almost the same trip you did on our way up into Canada. Even staying at Nehalem. Great trip report!

Ryan


Hope you have a great trip! If you get a chance check out gold bluff beach!! There is so much up there it can be overwhelming.

Nolan

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Excellent report and pics. Thanks. I did a similar coast trip with our truck camper a few years ago. It is a great place to camp and the ocean is fantastic.


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One of the best trip reports i have seen!!! Incredible!! Thanks for sharing and all the best with new TC.

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thanks for the Prairie Creek photos. That was my old Stomping grounds in the early 80s when I was a student at Humboldt State. We uses to hike Fern canyon in full waders during the winter rains. Imagine that whole canyon as a continuous waterfall through the ferns. absolutely spectacular.


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Excellent report, reminds me of the days when my kids were smaller! You have created some good memories for them here...

Cheers,
Mike


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