Truth be told, this trip was just an excuse to spend time in our motor home, Serenity. We love the sense of freedom and adventure it provides. We had had a rainy week, so our first thought was to head for a drier area like the east end of the Columbia Gorge. But as we were packing-up we discovered that I-84 East Bound was still closed between Troutdale and Hood River because of the Eagle Creek Fire. How about the Washington side? Highway 14 was open, but closed to all vehicles of 10,000 lbs, we are 11,030. How about Summer Lake? A look at Trip Check showed snow on the Willamette Pass. That left us with some area on the Oregon Coast, which we had already visited a good deal this summer. We settled on camping at Waxmytle Campground, a long time favorite of ours. It's a place we have enjoyed camping, hiking, birding, and volunteering. The additional appeal for us is that our good friend Glenn is the current campground host.
Eight o'clock the next morning Glenn, Jeanette, myself, and Buster headed out on the Waxmyrtle Trail for a morning of birding. Although not the birdiest, we did eventually get a good list of birds which you can see here.