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Bandon to Netarts (click on map to enlarge)

After spending a few days in Bandon, OR, we traveled north along the Oregon Coast Highway (aka Hwy 101) to Netarts/Tillamook, OR.

The beaches around Bandon were expansive!

China Beach (click on photo to enlarge)


Coquille Lighthouse


However, the “high point” of the trip was the Cape Creek Tunnel outside of Florence, OR. At first we couldn’t figure out why our GPS was routing us away from Highway 101 — look at the gray routes on the map above. These GPS routes added 100 miles to our trip. Why?

The Cape Creek Tunnel. It seems that this arched tunnel is 14′ high in its middle, but drops to under 12′ at the tunnel’s sides. Apparently, a GPS uses this lower height when calculating routes, and most RVs, including ours, are over 12′ tall.

After checking a couple of RV forums, we discovered that lots of people had driven through this tunnel. So we took the short route through the tunnel with our GPS attempting to turn us around until the very end . . .


Water & Trees: The Pacific Coast

We left Gold Beach and actually headed south to our next campground in Brookings, OR.

Along the way we stopped at . . .



The Pacific


Walking from the beach cliff


The Beach Cliff





Harris Beach from the Bluffs


Harris Beach Shore








Jan’s taking it home



Smith River


Much of the river is emerald green


. . . and the river floods







Tillamook = Ambrosia

This post really has nothing to do with Tillamook ice cream (more on that later), but it does have something to do with huckleberries (more on that later too).

We spent our last night in Gold Beach, OR dining at Spinners restaurant.

I had Filet Mignon . . .


Jan had a Filet of Local Salmon


My Filet Mignon was to die for and Jan said her salmon was the best she has ever had, but the cherry on top was our dessert — a Huckleberry Ice Cream Sundae. Lord all mighty! We did not miss the traditional chocolate sundae. It’s the berries.

Finally, Tillamook ice cream is a recent discovery of ours. The closest quality ice cream to Tillamook’s was Gile’s Frozen Custard in Milwaukee, but Tillamook steps it up a notch by adding ingredients like huckleberries in their ice cream. We’ll be visiting Tillamook’s creamery at the end of June.

Lucky Lodge RV Park (Gold Beach, OR)

Emigrant Lake, CA to Gold Beach, OR

We’ve been at Lucky Lodge for about as week and have been checking it out as a possible monthly spot for next summer.

Our first impressions of the park and area are great.

Click on photo to enlarge


Our Site #9


View from our RV Door


Rogue River


Flirt’s Swimming Hole


A Best Buy – The Kamp-Rite Kwik Set Hammock

One of our neighbors at Emigrant Lake, our previous campground, had a portable hammock that we really liked the look of. So we bought one and had it sent to our next campground.

At under $100 delivered, the Kwik Set Hammock is one comfortable, but heavy, hammock.

Love at first . . .