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!

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Sweet Home Oregon

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’ —Sylvia Plath

Camping at Sweet Home Elks Lodge #1972

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The rv camping is surrounded by trees. It smells like we’re in a forest. Our fellow Elks members recommended a nice place for a walk & two good restaurants. The Point Restaurant has nice decor, a good view, and good service. The prices are high but the food is good. The Skyline Inn has a home-like decor. The food is okay. The service is good and the coffee is hot.

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We had a choice of a couple trails we chose the one with the least uphill battle. The Royal Terrace Falls trails has birds, greenery, and nice refreshing waterfall. Sometimes, like walking in a city so I can explore the unique places in town but a walk in nature is refreshing. The Royal Terrace Falls is a place to enjoy nature.

The Sweet Home Elks Lodge has a great view of the area from the balcony outside of the lodge. The members are incredibly friendly. We visited with Wendy the lodge secretary/volunteer bartender and a few members for a few hours. The campsites are unlevel for our Class A 33ft motor home but our neighbor has a small travel trailer and he was level. We had DirecTV satellite and good wi-fi with our Verizon jetpack. We didn’t stay here long but I appreciated the friendliness of the members at Sweet Home Elks Lodge in Oregon to traveling RVer’s.

Happy RVing!

Next, camping in the Salem/Keizer area to do some exploring before the solar eclipse.

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Exploring Willamette Valley Oregon

Exploring Willamette Valley Oregon

While camping at Springfield Elks Lodge in Oregon

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Springfield Elks Lodge RV Parking: The RV area is on blacktop with a slight slope. We had electric and water. We felt comfortable camping here while we enjoyed the Elks lodge and did some sightseeing in the area.

Happy Hour: Kevin and I attended the special Tuesday Happy Hour event in the Elk’s lounge. The special happy hour is on Tuesday with music, potluck food, and friendly Elks members. The members invited us to join them at their table. We had a good conversation with several members. Also, we were given several good restaurant recommendations. We also met Miss Oregon’s proud dad at happy hour. His daughter earned a scholarship from the lodge. 🙂

Fitbit Walking: We did some walking near the local mall. We also found a trail by the University of Oregon Football Stadium. We couldn’t see any walking area by the rv elks camping site.

Used Book Store Hunting: We scored a few new to us field guides at the local used books store on mammals, wildflowers, shorebirds, and weather.

Corvallis: The next day, Kevin and I went to the Corvallis farmers market & had lunch at the local Corvallis Elks lodge. The farmers market was a good size market. I saw free range chicken eggs, seafood, meat, fruit and several good veggie vendors. The Corvallis Elks were incredibly friendly. We had lunch and talked with a fellow Elks members. The solar eclipse is a big topic of conversation in Oregon. I see solar eclipse glasses for sale in several local stores.

Covered Bridges: I called Cottage Grove Elks Lodge to see if we could have lunch at the lodge but they were closed so I took some pics of their lodge. We did get to see the covered bridges in the area. I loved seeing these covered bridges. Its exciting to see a piece of history that has been saved.

Happy RVing!

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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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Florence Elks Lodge RV Park

Florence Elks Lodge RV Park

While camping at Florence Elks Lodge RV Park in Oregon

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The camping is $25.00 a night at the RV Park. The campground is a few miles outside of town in a quiet area off Mercer Lake Rd. There is also camping at the Elks Lodge in town with electric/water but some sites are unlevel. The RV Park campsites have 50 amp, water, picnic table, gravel with greenery on each side of the campsite. Our campsite #9 has good free wifi reception & direct tv satellite reception. The campground hosts are friendly. The registration process was quick. The campground host even called in our Friday night dinner reservation at the lodge for us. Update: We had a great Friday night meal at the lodge.

Kevin and I are doing a Fitbit challenge with our girls. The Fitbit app counts our steps so we can do the walking challenge with them even though the girls are in Southern California and we are in Southern Oregon. In order to keep up with them, we decided to go on a walk.

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We walked around Mercer Lake. I spotted a few wildflowers. Kevin spotted some birds. The walk is near the road but it’s a pleasant walk.

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Columbine Lily

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Narrowleaf Plantain

After our walk around Mercer Lake, we decided to go into town for fresh drip coffee and split a everything bagel at the Old Town Coffee Shop on the boardwalk in Florence. Also, outside the coffee shop is a small geocache. One of my favorites shops is the Kitchen Klutter. We bought some toaster tongs, mushroom slicer, slippers and a new spaghetti noodle strainer.

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Happy RVing!

Next, walking near a meat eating plant on the Oregon coast.

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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.

Happy RVing!

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