Camping in Keizer Oregon

While camping at the Keizer Elks Lodge#2472 in Oregon

The RV park has gravel sites. We have 50amps, full hookups, directv reception, quiet campers, a place to walk the dog, good wifi reception with our Verizon jetpack and good At&t phone reception.

The dinners at the lodge have been good. On Friday night, the cook makes one of the best clam chowders I’ve tasted in Oregon. The cook uses herbs that give it a unique flavoring, the consistency is thick and creamy with just the right amount of clams.

We can walk to the local park from the Elks lodge in the mornings. Its about a 3-mile walk round trip. This works well for us. A good walking route is one of the things we look for in an RV Park but the wildfire smoke from Canada has made walking difficult this week.

We drove to Salem Oregon and saw the State Capital. I was able to get an Oregon state capital stamp at the capital. I also found a used Pacific State Wildflower field guide at the Escape Fiction book store in Salem. My wildflower photo binder is growing. I’ve organized it by color & state. It keeps me busy & feeling productive.

On Saturday we drove to the Salem Saturday Farmers Market. The market had about 75 vendors. There’s a good amount of veggies & fruit vendors here. Kevin and I bought bells peppers, green onions, cantaloupe, walla walla onions, sunflower & pea microgreens, a bigfoot sticker and a few artsy stuff.

I saw soap vendors, bread vendors, veggie vendors, berry vendors, a microgreen vendor, alcohol vendors, cat adoption vendors, a wood toy vendor, plant vendors, vendors selling lunch food and an information vendor at the farmers market.

On Tuesday we drove to the Salem Elks Lodge for the Tuesday Taco Meal. The Salem RV park at Salem Elks Lodge is full. The rver’s have no stay limit. The campsites are gravel and tight looking. I like Keizer Elks RV Park better but the Taco Salad is good at the Salem Lodge.

I set up several day trips to collect Elks lodge pins & explore the area. We drove to the Silverton Elks Lodge and picked up a lodge pin from them. They gave us a friendly welcome. I saw a dump station but they don’t have any hook ups here for RVer’s.

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Mt Angel Sausage Co.

Kevin and I had lunch at the Mt Angel Sausage Co in Mount Angel. This restaurant is on the Food Network Channel. The inside of the restaurant is small but there is a good amount of outside seating. The restaurant has European decor. I saw several musical instrument, a vintage sausage stuffer, a variety of rope sausage, link sausage and German beers. The food was good & the service was excellent. The Marionberry pie with vanilla ice cream was incredibly flavorful.

We came home with two sausage link packages one Italian sausage for spaghetti and one breakfast sausage package.

Happy Retirement RVing!

Oregon Elks Lodges

Oregon Farmers Market

RV Camping in Florence Oregon

RV Camping in Florence Oregon

While camping at Florence Elks Lodge in Oregon. This campground is located in downtown Florence.

Fitbit Walking: We’ve been walking downtown to the boardwalk from the Elks lodge in the mornings. I put on my thin jacket, floppy hat, my audio book ear phones, and carry my walking stick. We try to get 10,000 steps a day. A few times on our morning walks we stopped at Old Town Coffee Shop on the boardwalk for a drip coffee and everything bagel. What kind of exercise do you do?

Farmers Market: On weekends the farmers market on the boardwalk has a good amount of artisan vendors and one veggie vendor. The vendors like to talk about the products they sell so we learn how to cook new things, where the products were made and most importantly what its called. Also, Its a good place to walk outside. Whenever we visit a new place I look up where the local farmers market is located.


Boardwalk Farmers Market

Amazon Prime: I ordered a few things from prime so we’re staying in Florence until my items are delivered. We drove to Springfield & Eugene Oregon to see the Elks lodges. They both had a few campsites available but Eugene is closed for cleaning next week so we won’t be camping in Eugene.



Beach area by lighthouse

Lighthouse Yearly Fix: Also, we drove to the Heceta Head Lighthouse for our yearly lighthouse fix. The walk up the hill to the lighthouse is nice. The keeper’s house was closed because a wedding was taking place on the grounds. We saw the keeper’s house last year. The lighthouse volunteer talked to us about the migrating whales. We saw a few ocean loving birds by the lighthouse.



Restaurants: We’ve been to a few restaurants in Florence. The best clam chowder I’ve found in Florence so far has been at the Bridgewater Ocean Fish House on the boardwalk. Its creamy with just the right amount of clams.

Happy Travels!

Campgrounds in Oregon

Oregon Farmers Markets

Oregon Local Restaurants, Cafes & Coffee Shops 

Lighthouses in Oregon  

Seaside Oregon

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.

Happy RVing!

Bird Life List

Wildflower List

Local Cafes

Clam Chowder in the Crockpot

 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.

Happy Travels!

Day Trip to Santa Cruz, California

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.

Happy Travels!

Pictures takes with Canon Rebel & iphone

We camped at Thousand Trails Morgan Hills