While camping at Seaside Thousand Trails in Oregon
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bird Life List
Kevin and I stopped for clam chowder many times while driving the Northern & Central California coast in 2015.
We decided to try making clam chowder in our crockpot.
This recipe is a keeper. I found it on Debi’s RV Cooking Facebook Group.
Sandy’s Slow-Cooker Clam Chowder
Sandy Holien Slow-Cooker Clam Chowder
Source: An original by my sister-in-law Cheryl
3 (6.5 oz.) cans chopped or baby clams, undrained
1 large onion, chopped
8 small new red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces – I would cut them smaller
1 (12 to 16 oz.) package frozen corn, thawed
2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 c. half & half
2 T. cornstarch
1 (8 oz.) container onion & chive spreadable cream cheese
In a slow-cooker, combine the clams (with their juice), chopped onion, potatoes, corn, chicken broth, marjoram, thyme, and garlic salt. Cover. Cook on low heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or high heat setting for 4 to 5 hours, until potatoes are tender.
Combine half & half and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth; gradually stir into clam mixture. Cover. Cook on high heat setting for 15 to 30 minutes, until mixture thickens a bit.
Stir onion & chive cream cheese into the chowder. Cook on high heat setting for 5 minutes. Stir chowder until cream cheese is melted and mixed in.
Lighthouse, Bigfoot & Harbor Fun
On our way to Santa Cruz
There is a museum in Felton, California called the Bigfoot Discovery Museum. The owner is passionate about Bigfoot so he retired and started the Bigfoot Discovery Museum. When we walked in the door, he was in the museum talking about the local sightings of Bigfoot in this century. He had pictures of Bigfoot, stuffed animals, books, maps & more.
Our next stop was Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz has two lighthouses. The Santa Cruz lighthouse is in a surfer museum. There isn’t much lighthouse stuff inside but tons of surfer stuff.
This is a beautiful place to have a lighthouse.
Next to the lighthouse is the Lighthouse Field State Beach. At this park, dogs were playing on the beach. I wish my yorkie would play in the water but he just sits under my beach chair. The big dogs overwhelm him sometimes.
Next, the Walton Lighthouse in the Santa Cruz Harbor. The lighthouse stamp is in the harbormaster office. In the harbormasters office we were told the lighthouse was put together in 2002. We walked on the beach to get some pictures of the lighthouse. It was nice to be on the beach.
The harbor was beautiful. Kevin and I had a good time looking at the boat names. The two funniest boat names were– Double Portions & In A Meeting
Johnny’s Restaurant has a good harbor clam chowder at the Santa Cruz Harbor.
Pictures takes with Canon Rebel & iphone
We camped at Thousand Trails Morgan Hills