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


Apples, Campgrounds & Julian, CA

Our RV is still in the shop so we decided to head out to Julian, California in the jeep. Why? Julian is a popular historic mountain getaway. It’s known for its pioneer & gold rush history fresh apples, apple pies, wine tasting, hiking and boutique shopping. In order to explore the area at our leisure we looked for a home base campground. I just couldn’t pass up a town that’s perfect for nature lovers, foodies, wine tasting and people in need of retail therapy.


Stagecoach RV Park  This is a Passport America campground. Its a western themed campground but with no cell phone service for At&t users. Kevin and I like the western theme in a campground (Kevin’s grandfather was a real cowboy) but no cell phone service makes it low on our list of RV parks.

Camping site at Stagecoach Trails RV Resort

Camping site at Stagecoach Trails RV Resort

Lake Cuyamaca This is a small campground it has 19 camping sites with electric & water. The sites looked tight but we could fit into a few. The lake looked low but I saw a large crowd of fishermen in boats on the lake. We had good cell phone reception here.

Lake Cuaymaca camping site

Lake Cuayamaca camping site


Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca- Great Blue Heron by the shore

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park RV- RV limit is 30ft so we skipped this park but hope to do some hiking and birdwatching here next time we’re in the area.

If your a Thousand Trails member then  Oakzanita Springs Thousand Trails in Descanso is near Julian. The cell phone service for At&t is almost non existent. The sites are tight but the staff is friendly.

We stopped in Julian, CA and walked around town. Julian is about one hour east of San Diego, CA.

The used books store is cute. Its a house but with book shelves filling every room.

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Place to relax and reading in front of the book store.

Place to relax and read in front of the used book store.

The birdwatching store has everything bird related for birdwatching & bird feeding. If you like birds then you’ll like this store.

Birdwatcher Store

Birdwatcher Store

The Cider Mill has nuts, chocolates, cider, apple butter and all kinds of yummy foods.


Birdwatching on our day trip to Julian:

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Crows
  • Stellar Jay


Happy Travels!