Sunday, October 9, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
here. After our hike we enjoyed lunch on the picnic bench in the sun at our campsite, and then moved on to Winchester Bay RV Resort where we are currently set-up and will stay a second night, watching the Ducks play on the big screen in the activity center tonight.
Friday, September 30, 2016
We are taking a multi-day trip in the Free Spirit, making a loop down the coast, over to Roseburg, and back to Salem. Yesterday morning we spent time doing some serious RV shopping in Junction City, but by afternoon we were set-up in a campsite in the Silcoos Recreation Area at Lagoon Campground. The summer crowds are gone and we had the campground to ourselves, save a nice chat with Ron the campground host. We took a late afternoon walk on the Lagoon Loop Trail to walk Buster and look for birds. It was a perfect opportunity to work with my new camera the Nikon P900. Below are some photos of the birds we enjoyed.
female Downy Woodpecker
Great Blue Heron
Friday, September 23, 2016
The idea of spending a good part of the day birding in Yamhill County, grew more intriguing when we decided to take the van and make a complete day of adventure. Our first stop was in downtown Sheridan where Jeanette went on a whirlwind shopping spree at the grocery store, a brand new Dollar Store, and Subway. We journeyed on to our main birding stop, Huddleston Park in Willamina, which is shown below. We circled the pond counting birds and taking photos. You can see our bird list here.
After a Subway lunch on a picnic table in the sun overlooking the pond we went directly to Dallas to Focal Point to purchase a new camera, a Nikon COOLPIX P900 with an amazing 83x zoom. Next stop was the Dallas City Park for another bird walk and a opportunity to try out the camera. Birds were very very scarce, so I had to settle on photos of a squirrel with its harvest.
After the game we found ourselves cold and hungry---no problem it was warm in the van and Jeanette dug into her pantry and produced hot soup, crackers and sliced apples. Life in the van takes travel and adventure to an amazing level of convenience and comfort.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Our second day in the Cascades started with a birding stop along Diamond Lake.
With a cold morning, our next stop was a stop for hot chocolate at Diamond Lake Lodge.
After lunch Kliever's took us for a hike at Benham Falls
Overlook at Benham Falls
We spent the night at the Kliever's and the next day they took us on a hike to Todd Lake.
Todd Lake with Mt Bachelor in the background.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Jeanette put together a fall RV loop up thru the Cascades with friends Michael & Melisa Garguilo. On Saturday we drove down to Elkton to Michael & Melisa's place for our first night's stay. Sunday morning we drove up the scenic North Umpqua River to Diamond Lake to stay at the Broken Arrow National Forest Campground on the south end of the lake. The campground was almost empty so we had lots of sites to choose from. We choose to stay in this double site B-7, and in the process of paying the $10 Senior Pass rate, we discovered this was the last night of the season for this campground! Boy did we luck out.
After getting setup and having lunch we took off for an afternoon hike. Leaving the campground we took a trail that connects to the John Dellenback Trail, a paved trail that completly circles Diamond Lake, which we took to the junction with the Teal & Horse Lakes Loop Trail.
Michael, Jeanette & Melissa
While hiking on the John Dellenback Trail we met and were passed by several bicyclist, among them much to our suprise were our friends Jeff & Joan Smith from Elkton who were cicling the lake on their tandem!
Joan, Jeanette, Jeff, Melissa, Michael
We visited both Teal and Horse Lakes, enjoying the great scenery and identifying a number of birds, among which were two Green Teals.
Teal Lake with Mt Bailey in the background