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.

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Boardwalk Farmers Market

Amazon Prime: I ordered a few things from amazon.com 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.

 

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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!

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The Cobra Lily

While camping at Florence Elks RV Park in Oregon

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Kevin and I went on a short walk from the Elks RV Park to the Darlingtonia State Natural Site. I read on one of Jodee Gravel’s posts that this meat-eating plant was here. This plant traps & digests insects similar to a Venus fly trap. It has several names but I like the name Cobra-lily because it looks cobra-like. It even looks like it has a forked tongue.

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What were my expectations of this plant? I thought it would be like a little venus fly trap. Instead, the plants were bigger and growing in large numbers in one spot.

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It was a little creepy walking on the boardwalk above the plants thinking they eat meat.

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We survived a walk along these carnivorous plants in Oregon.

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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.

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Seaside Beach Volkssporting

Seaside Beach Volkssporting

Seaside Beach Volksmarch

The volksmarch starts at the Seaside Convention Center. During, the walk we passed by the Butterfield Cottage Historical Museum, water treatment plant, Necanicum river & beach front homes in Seaside, Oregon.

We walked along the beach. The Lewis & Clark’s trail ends at the Pacific Ocean. The Salt Works is located along the volksmarch too. I had a nice conversation with a local picking berries along the beach. He picks the berries to make homemade jelly.

Happy Trails!

What is Volkssporting?

Bird Spotting

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Western Seagull
  • Sparrow

Thanks, to the Turnaround Trekkers for organizing this volksmarch.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR

Haystack Rock

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Haystack Rock is known for its population of Tufted Puffins. The Tufted Puffin arrives starting in April. They return here every year to lay one egg in their burrow. The best time to see them is low-tide. Kevin and I woke up early and drove to Cannon Beach to see the Tufted Puffin. I saw a volunteer relaxing in a chair with his scope focused on a Tufted Puffin on the rock. We chatted with the local volunteer a bit. It was an incredible moment to see them flying around the rock and sitting in the grass near the top of the rock.

Cannon Beach is a quaint beach town. I saw several different statutes of the Tufted Puffin around the town. We’ve been looking forward to seeing the Tufted Puffin. He is beautful.

Happy Birding!

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

We drove to Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint in Tillamook, Oregon. The Cape Meares Lighthouse is located there. This is Oregon’s shortest lighthouse. Inside the lighthouse is a gift shop, exhibit, video and a tour of the tower.

The Cape Meares Scenic Viewpoint has a very oddly shaped Sitka spruce tree in the area. The local legend is that the Native Americans placed their dead in canoes and placed them in the tree. That’s why the tree is shaped the way it is. The tree is called “Octopus Tree.”

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We walked to several of the lookouts by the lighthouse. The seabirds were flying, nesting & swimming. The Pigeon Guillemot is a new bird for our bird list. It was floating by Three Arch Rock National Wildlife Refuge.  We also spotted a Pelagic Cormorant on a nest. Two new birds for our bird life list. Great Birding Day!

Kevin and I went to mexican food for lunch. I ate a whole veggie burrito and too many chips to count. It made me sick. I’m starting fresh with my weight watcher smart points tomorrow. 🙂

Happy RVing!

Oregon Lighthouses

Oregon Lighthouses

Oregon Lighthouses

Each Oregon coast lighthouse has its own light pattern signal.

National Lighthouse Society Stamps 

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

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This lighthouse was built in 1870. There is a guided tour available for a small fee. The tour is free with America the Beautiful pass. The lens tower is open for tours too. The tower is conical-shaped. This is the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon coast.

 

Coquille River Lighthouse

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Inside the lighthouse is a gift shop. There are no tours of this lighthouse. The Len tower is closed at this time. The light shines from atop a 40-foot octagonal tower when working.

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Coquille River Lighthouse

Cape Arago Lighthouse

There is no tour for the Cape Arago Lighthouse. Cape Arago can be seen from 1/4 mile south of the Sunset Bay campground entrance. The lighthouse stands 100 feet above the ocean on an islet just off Gregory Point.

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Umpqua River Lighthouse

There is a guided tour of the lighthouse. The museum is also open its filled with lighthouse information, history of the area & coast guard information. The red lens can be seen from almost the top of the tower. The lens is spectacular. This has the original fresnel lens and has a unique white/red pattern.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

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We walked a 1/2 mile walk to see this lighthouse. There is a guided tour of the lighthouse & assistant keepers house. I had a good time listening to the volunteers talk about the “ghost” at the lighthouse & assistant keeper’s house.  The view is spectacular if its not foggy at the time of your visit. This lighthouse is called the most “photographed” lighthouse in the west coast.

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

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This lighthouse was only working for three years. The light wasn’t seen far enough so the Yaquina Head Lighthouse was built. This lighthouse has a ghost story. A keepers daughter was looking for her handkerchief and never was seen again. But a pool of “warm blood” was left. This is the shortest lighthouse in Oregon and the 2nd oldest lighthouse.

Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse (sorry no pictures)

This lighthouse isn’t open to the public. Its suppose to be on milepost 166, 1.8 miles south of Yachats. I didn’t see any National Lighthouse Stamp for this lighthouse.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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This lighthouse was in the hit horror movie The Ring in 2002. The keeper made $1,000 a year. The keepers family raised cows, pigs and had a garden. This is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon.

You can make reservations for this lighthouse tour online or drive up to the interpretive center to reserve a spot. The tour is given in the view of the keepers wife when we toured in July 2016. I’ve never had a lighthouse tour like this. I liked the tour.

Cape Meares Lighthouse

Oregon’s shortest lighthouse stands 38 feet atop Cape Meares. The lighthouse has a gift shop inside, a tour of the tower and an exhibit with information about the lighthouse.

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

Only 76 people signed the guest register of this lighthouse during its active service. Two visitors swam from Seaside in 1934,a distance of five miles. The lighthouse can be seen from Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach.

Happy RVing!