Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oregon & Washington Are Great Places For Summer RV Trips

We are just back from two months up to the North West in the RV and also an Alaska Cruise.  All of that was good.  Oregon especially welcomes RVers with many great State Park Campgrounds, a lot of great private RV parks, and lots of good repair and service at reasonable prices.  Or motorhome was made there 12 years ago.

Frazier on the beach at Manzanita Oregon.  This is right next to our RV park.
There are a lot of campgrounds on the beach in Oregon.  The picture above is a lovely beach campground right next to the picturesque town of Manzanita.  The beach is an off-leash area for dogs.  Keep in mind that even though we were there in July we had some sizable rainstorms.  Or normally rain impervious rear slide leaved during one of these deluges.

We also stayed at Emigrant Lake in the Medford - Ashland area.

This view was steps from our motorhome.  
Book reservations at both places if you want to stay there.

When we were in Oregon we had our Country Coach serviced at the Country Coach dealer.  If you are lucky enough to have a Country Coach Junction City has several very good options to get your rig worked on or upgraded.  Junction City is near to Eugene, which in the summer is a good place to visit.  They have a great farmers market on Fridays.

After Oregon we went to Washington.  As a general comment Washington RV parks that are desirable book up early.  So look fairly far ahead if you want to camp in WA in the summer.  We stayed in Port Townsend.  We loved it here.  We stayed in the Marina RV Park right in town and had water views.  This is a great place to camp.

This is the beach right in front of our campsite in Port Townsend.  
Besides the beach Port Townsend is a great walkable place or bike.  My knee is not so good any more so I biked to town several times a day.

A b&b in Port Townsend.  
We also camped at a Thousand Trails park in Monroe Washington.  We parked on the side by the riven and this was a delightful stay.  TT parks get panned for their facilities sometimes, but this is a very nice spot about 1 hour from Seattle.  My sister lives here and my son.

I will warn you that the traffic in the Seattle area is epic.  Avoid the 405 freeway if possible.

We left from Seattle to go on an Alaska cruise.  That will be the subject of another post.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Take A Break From Hurry-Up, RV

So what is one of the biggest attractions to RVing, no hurry-up.  You are in your second home, with wheels, make your own pace.  Like some place you find by accident, stay a while.  Don't like the location, move.  And you are in your own home.

This was taken steps from our camp site in Port Townsend WA a few weeks ago.

Being in your own place when RVing came real to me a few weeks ago when we left our motorhome to get some work done on it and took an Alaska cruise.  During the cruise we had to leave our dog behind and live out of suitcases.  I very much enjoyed the trip to Alaska with all of it's awesome scenery, but was quite glad to get back to my familiar bed, cloths closet, my coffee pot, and also all that space you have in our rig.

A glacier calving in Glacier Bay Alaska
We are 7 weeks into our current RV trip.  I am in no hurry to get home.  If I had been traveling out of a suitcase for 7 weeks I would have been ready for home long ago.