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Coffee, Canines, and Cameras

We are hunkered down in Netarts, OR taking a “day off” — cleaning and grocery shopping.

COFFEE

 

Our Bella K-cup (ie, Keurig) coffee maker arrived today. The Bella allows you to use regular old coffee grounds as well as the ubiquitous K-cups. We’ve been hesitant to make the change from grinding our own coffee beans to using a Keurig coffee maker. It’s not because we were overly concerned about K-cup pollution, but more about the ready availability of K-cup coffee.

Our Bella

 

However, we found it more and more difficult to buy Whole Bean coffee and more and more easy to purchase K-cup coffee. So we caved.

So you just bought a Keurig?

 

Our decision to switch was fully confirmed when we tasted our first K-cup coffee. Outstanding! I could actually tell the difference between different coffee types.

My First K-cup Coffee and the K-cup is actually biodegradable

 

 

CANINES (aka Flirt)

After our experience with our dog Flirt at Emigrant Lake and burrs, we decided to get our girl some protective dog shoes.

At Emigrant Lake, OR, we found several of these in just one paw

 

They’ll also come in handy during the hot weather in Arizona when the ground can become painfully hot to dogs.

And they’re red

 

Not exactly love at first wear . . . (Google “dog shoes” for some funny videos) . . .

 

 

CAMERAS

Noticed a Wall ‘o Video Cameras at our current campground. Almost 30 cameras, and no “You Are Under Video Surveillance” signs to be seen. This is getting to be far too common. Creepy.

It also begs the question . . . Why so many cameras? Has there been that much theft and/or vandalism? Or . . . ?

 

Wall ‘o Cameras

Bandon & Beyond

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 . . .

 

OTTER POINT STATE RECREATION SITE (Gold Beach, OR)

The Pacific

 

Walking from the beach cliff

 

The Beach Cliff

 

 

HARRIS BEACH STATE PARK (Brookings, OR)

 

Harris Beach from the Bluffs

 

Harris Beach Shore

 

 

 

 

JEDEDIAH SMITH REDWOODS STATE PARK (Crescent City, CA)

Redwoods

 

Jan’s taking it home

 

 

Smith River

 

Much of the river is emerald green

 

. . . and the river floods

 

 

AND NOW THIS . . .

 

 

Huckleberries!

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