Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Travel Itch

Siltcoos River Estuary 
We have been home now for only about a month and already have the itch to get out in the RV for a little more exploring. We found a little three day window in our calendar with some good weather and took off yesterday morning for three days on the Oregon Coast. Truth is we also wanted to check out our campsite for the summer. From the middle of May through September we will be volunteering with the Western Snowy Plover Conservation Program, staying at the Waxmyrtle Campground in the Siltcoos River Recreation Area. We wanted to have an idea about the cell and TV reception at our campsite, hence the need for the trip. Although Waxmyrtle Campground is closed for the winter the volunteer still stays there and we got  to meet the current volunteer, get an update from her and also get a few minutes with our supervisor.  The rest of the afternoon we filled in with hiking and birding some of the trails in the area. We spent the night dry-camped in the adjacent Lagoon Campground.

This morning we journeyed on stopping to bird at Carter Lake, and hike the Carter Dunes and Taylor Dunes Trails. I guess because of the recent rains, the water level in the lake was the highest I can remember in the past ten years.

 Carter Lake

This afternoon we are set up at the Winchester Bay RV Resort with all the amenities, electricity, water, sewer, free WiFi, and cable TV.  Quite luxurious. We especially enjoy winter camping here. Winter rates are lower, the campground is almost empty, in fact hosts seem to out number campers. Tomorrow we will journey north up the coast, no doubt stopping to bird and hike at some great but yet to be determined  location.

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