Seaside Oregon

While camping at Seaside Thousand Trails in Oregon

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Seaside Thousand Trails is one of my favorite thousand trails in Oregon. Its has clear open areas so we have good satellite reception. Our Verizon wifi works good here. We found a campsite with full hook ups by the indoor pool & spa. We can walk to the beach & movie theater from the campground.

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Local Restaurants: The local breakfast place we found is Pig’s n Pancakes. It serves a variety of breakfast meals. The coffee is hot and the waitresses are friendly. We have tried the Dooger’s Seafood & Grill for Clam Chowder. I was happy with the flavoring of the clam chowder here but it wasn’t the best clam chowder I’ve tasted.

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Seaside on Saturday: Saturday was busy in Seaside. The beach was filled with excited kids & hopeful parents for the beach soccer series in Seaside. The muscle cars lined the streets in downtown Seaside during the muscle car & chrome show. The local Seaside elks had a fundraiser for a fallen police officer. Saturday in Seaside was filled with things to do.

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Nature Identification: I’ve spotted several wildflowers to identify. Also, we found a new bird for our life list. While on our morning walk we spotted a Caspian Tern. His orange beak and black-capped head stood out among the seagulls on the beach.

Happy RVing!

Bird Life List

Wildflower List

Local Cafes

Traveling in Oregon

Traveling in Oregon

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anais Nin

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I spotted a Bindweed wildflower in Huntington Oregon at the Catfish RV Park on our walk.

Camping at the St Helen Elks Lodge #1999- Kevin and I had a great meal, good conversation and a friendly welcome at this elks lodge.  There are a few low branches on the city road leading into the lodge. There is camping with electric/water on a grass campsite. It cost $15.00 a night. The view of the Columbia River at the lodge bar & dining room is beautiful. While relaxing in the lodge we saw a barge going down the river. The dining & bar is non-smoking. This is a great lodge. I would return here.

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I spotted the Red Clover or Cow Grass next to our camping site at the St Helens Elks Lodge camping area.

On our walks, I discovered several wildflowers in the St Helens Oregon area.

Oxeye Daisy

White Campion

Hairy Cat’s Ear or False Dandelion

Happy RVing!

Wildflower Spotting List

St Louis Missouri

St Louis Missouri

“The Gateway to the West”

While camping at Elks Lodge Oakville #2726 in St Louis Missouri

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6 electric sites $15.00 a night

The elks lodge is being re-painted. The 6 electric sites are unlevel but in a great place to see St Louis. We saw wild turkeys, deer and plenty of grassy area here. The elks here are friendly. We had plenty of good conversation at the elks lodge on our visit.

I’ve seen the St Louis Arch on many tv shows & movies. It sparked my interested in seeing this man-made monument. It’s the world’s tallest arch. The arch is bigger than the Statue of Liberty and the Seattle Space Needle.

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour was interesting. We took the free beer tour. The tour guide told us a bit about the history of the brewery. Also, we toured the Clydesdales area, some of the brewery and received two free beers. I liked seeing the process for making good beers. The Clydesdales were cute. The beer was good.

Happy RVing!

Making our way towards Oregon for the Summer

National Stamps

Natchez Wilderness Preserve

While camping at Natchez Wilderness Preserve in Hohenwald, Tennessee

Natchez Wilderness Preserve is a thousand trails campground. Kevin and I are elite members of thousand trails. We found a campsite by the lake for an extra fee of $10.00 a night. The campsite has lakeside access, fire pit, full hookups, gravel campsite and a good view. The staff BBQed a pig for memorial day and had a raffle. We didn’t win anything but we had a good conversation with fellow campers.

At the red barn, a band played for a few hours. I liked the music until a thunderstorm interrupted the band playing. We were already in the RV nice and cozy when the storm started. The thunderstorm took out two trees in the park. We sat in front of the RV watching the thunderstorm. It was magnificent. The next day the sun came up. We enjoyed the lake swimming and relaxing outside our RV identifying birds.

Kevin and explored the Meriwether Lewis Burial site. This is Lewis from the Lewis & Clark Exhibition. Lewis was on his way to Washington to explain his finances when he was found shot twice. There is some controversy on how he was shot. Did he commit suicide? or was he murdered?

We also walked the Natchez Trail for a bit. I felt very much in awe of the people who walked this trail and the history behind it all. I couldn’t find the National Historic Site stamp here but the site was worth the stop.

Yoder’s Homestead Market: This is an Amish/Mennonite store. I admire their commitment to something they believe in. The sandwiches and pastries were supposed to be excellent. We weren’t disappointed. The ladies that worked the store were dressed like an Amish/Mennonite person. One of them warmed up a cinnamon pecan twist for us. It was nutty with the perfect amount of drizzled frosting. We had the ham & cheese special for lunch it was excellent. The bread was exceptional. It tasted soft and fresh. The Amish/Mennonites know how to make food.

Happy Walking- Kevin and I took time off the Fitbit Challenges. I was getting too competitive. Its about balance. I like to balance my walking, healthy eating alternatives, and portions. Its not about winning. Its about keeping healthy. I’m back on track now. Bring on the Fitbit Challenges 🙂

Next, camping near Nashville, Tennessee. Change of plans – heading South to Red Bay Service Center

Happy RVing!

Birds Spotted

  • Barn Swallow
  • Tree Swallow (new bird to life list)
  • Rough-winged Swallow (new bird to life list)
  • Black Vulture
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • American Robin

Ticks, Copper Pans and Walking

While camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Tennessee

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Tick Removal:  Kevin saw a tick on our Yorkie Joey. The tick buried its head into Joey’s neck. Kevin and I took turns holding the dog and gently removing the tick from his neck. Our Yorkie was glad to have the tick removed. It was gross. We bought tick medicine for him afterward, I wish we had bought it sooner. I was told the campground was sprayed for ticks. I found two ticks during our stay. I don’t want to think about how many more ticks would be in the area if thousand trails staff hadn’t sprayed.

New Pans: Kevin and I are trying the new copper pans from Walmart. He bought a flat pan for cooking grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs, bacon and using on his bbq outside.  I bought a 9.5-inch pan for cooking veggies and heating chicken for fajitas. The copper pans are working out so far, only time will tell how sturdy they are.

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Plenty of open camping sites here but not many big rig sites

Walking: Kevin and I entered the Goal Day 2017 for Fitbit. Our Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps or 4 miles today. I’ve changed my Fitbit strategy. We saw two American Robins on our walk this morning. Kevin and I both reached our Daily Fitbit Goal today.

Happy RVing!

Next, Camping at Natchez Thousand Trails in Tennessee.

 Bird Spotting

  • American Robin
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Blue-grey Gnatcatcher  (new life lister)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (new life lister)

Cherokee Landing TT in Tennessee

While camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Tennessee

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Campsite– We found a camping site that has direct tv satellite reception, at&t, verizon with our wifi, 50 amps, electric/water only, plenty of room, birds, deer & trees. We had plenty of room to relax. The campground was very quiet.

Childhood Memory Moment- We saw a lightning bug one night. It flew around our campsite. When I was a child I remember seeing them on a camping trip through the South. My family camped near a pond with trees around it on the way to see my dad’s parents in Pennsylvania. I remember sitting outside with a jar hoping to catch some.

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Birdwatching– The Summer Tanager is a new bird to us. Its exciting to add a new bird to my bird list. Adding a new bird to our life list is like an Elvis fan going to Graceland or comic fan going to comic-con. Its a good high. I also spotted a white-breasted nuthatch climbing up a tree. It was dropping tree bark on me as it climbed on a branch above me. lol

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Local Restaurant– Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Coulterville has hot coffee and a variety of muffins with a nice crust on top and soft insides. Southwind Restaurant in Middleton has hot coffee, southern patty sausage with good flavor and a biscuit that is mouth-watering. Corky’s Ribs & BBQ in Memphis has dry rub ribs that are flavorful.

Corinth Interpretive Center – This center’s exhibits include information about the Battle of Shiloh and the Siege and Battle of Corinth. Corinth was an important military advantage for the army that has control of it because two railroads came together here. The North wanted to cut off the supplies to the confederates here.

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Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh- has a visitor center with civil war artifacts, 40-minute film, a bookstore with national park stamps inside and a driving tour of the park. This was an intense battle. I had to see the 40-minute film to understand the significance of why was this area significant. The North was trying to cut off the supplies of the Confederates here.

Happy RVing!

Next, more on our Tennessee adventures.

Local Cafes & Restaurants

National Stamps

Bird Life List

Bird Spotting

  • Summer Tanager
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Wild Turkeys
  • Crow
  • Black Vulture

Tiffin Service Campground

Our 2014 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 31SA needed some work done on it so we brought it back to the factory.

The Tiffin factory is in Red Bay, Alabama. We checked into the Tiffin Service Campground on a Saturday. Its $20.00 a night. The campground is basically a parking lot with full hook-ups, laundry, parts store, Allegro Club Store, waiting area and plenty of Tiffin service bays. When we checked into the campground we were immediately given a paper (punch list) to put in writing what we needed to be done on the rv.

We turned in our punch list of things to be fixed on Saturday. The Tiffin service bays are closed on the weekend.  We found the Sparks Restaurant in Belmont, MS its a good breakfast place. The coffee was hot and the biscuits were good.

At 7:00 am on Monday morning Jason addressed all our concerns.

On Wednesday the upholstery team started working on our L-shaped couch. We had a rip on the arm of the couch and upholstery damage. They took the whole couch out and re-upholstered it. The staff said it was a bad batch of upholstery. We paid for the labor done on the upholstery. It took them 8 hours to re-upholster the couch.

Our dinette was damaged so that was replaced.

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Before 2014 Dinette

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After 2014 Dinette

I’m so glad our upholstery is fixed. I was embarrassed by it. We covered it up with sleeping bag liners and blankets. lol

Tiffin has a dog-friendly waiting room. I liked talking to the other ladies in the waiting area. I was surprised how good Joey (our dog) behaved himself.

On Thursday our rv entered the service bay at 7:00 am and by lunch, our punch list was done. It was worth the drive to Alabama.

Punch List- All fixed at good prices

  • our shade motor was fixed
  •  bathroom fan lid fixed
  • oven door fixed
  • two-seam on the outside of rv fixed
  • upholstery fixed

Happy RVing!

Next, camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Saulsburg, Tennessee.

Favorite Local Cafe