Friday, October 30, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Strome Boat Launch and the adjacent Barbara & Walter Brown Memorial Park. Although the campground was closed in the Brown Memorial Park, we enjoyed a bird walk on the trail along the Siletz River. Bird List
Monday, October 26, 2020
We first discovered Lyons City Park as a birding location back in December of 2013. Here is the Cascade Ramblings Trip Journal for that trip. I looked back in the eBird records and in the passing years we have birded there twenty nine times. You can easily conclude it has been a favorite area of ours and we were relieved to find it survived unscathed. We did see some campers in the John Neil County Park, and learned from the bulletin board that the campground was for fire evacuees only.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
The Village Birders from the Dallas Retirement Village went to Kingsborough City Park this morning to walk a section of the Rickreall Creek Trail System. Immediately upon exiting the cars Jeanette noticed and pointed out some Western Bluebirds. In all we saw six individual birds, the highlight of our morning, and the perfect start for a birdwalk. The weather was a little iffy with threatening clouds or rain possible, and birds were scarce, but all six of us enjoyed the walk. Click on the observation list here.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Friday our forth day was basically uneventful as we drove straight home ahead of the expected rain storm. We started out in fog as we came up the coastal route, over Heceta Head and Cape Perpetua through Yachats and Waldport, enjoying the scenic views of the ocean in spots of clearing. At Newport we turned east on Highway 20 to Corvallis, North on Highway 99. There were no stops for birding, just driving. It did give us a chance to review our trip, and here is a list of things we learned about traveling in our small Cascade Campers van:
1. Campgrounds with restrooms are a must.
2. Campgrounds with a picnic table are important.
3. Daily stops for groceries are a part of the routine.
4. Website information about campground status may or may not be accurate.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Our third night's camping destination was Alder Dune Campground north of Florence. Our first priority for choosing a campsite was based on restroom proximity, how do you think we did? This is site #29 in the Dune Loop. The combined loops of Alder and Dune have a total of 39 sites, my guess would be that only about half a dozen were occupied.
Our day had began in fog at Bastendorff County Park. Our first stop was at the North Bend Safeway, which put me in mind once again of our Canada to Mexico Bike Tour where stopping at a grocery store was part of our daily routine. This practice seems to work well for us with this small Cascade Campers van. Next, Jeanette spotted a downtown Public Parking lot that had free parking with a 12 hour limit. This goes on our list for a repeat trip. Our favorite book store, Books by the Bay was our next stop, and netted a book each for us. Traveling north, we found an excuse to stop at the Lakeside Dollar General where Jeanette scored on a couple of carpet mats for the van. Our lunch stop was at the Rest Area at Eel Lake where we enjoyed salads and fruit. Florence was a stop for fuel, and then on to the campground.