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.

Local Food in Oregon 

Oregon Campgrounds

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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!

Bird Life List

Wildflower List

Local Cafes

Traveling in Oregon

Traveling in Oregon

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anais Nin

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I spotted a Bindweed wildflower in Huntington Oregon at the Catfish RV Park on our walk.

Camping at the St Helen Elks Lodge #1999- Kevin and I had a great meal, good conversation and a friendly welcome at this elks lodge.  There are a few low branches on the city road leading into the lodge. There is camping with electric/water on a grass campsite. It cost $15.00 a night. The view of the Columbia River at the lodge bar & dining room is beautiful. While relaxing in the lodge we saw a barge going down the river. The dining & bar is non-smoking. This is a great lodge. I would return here.

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I spotted the Red Clover or Cow Grass next to our camping site at the St Helens Elks Lodge camping area.

On our walks, I discovered several wildflowers in the St Helens Oregon area.

Oxeye Daisy

White Campion

Hairy Cat’s Ear or False Dandelion

Happy RVing!

Wildflower Spotting List

Red River National Wildlife Refuge

While camping at the Shreveport Elks Lodge #122

We visited the Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Shreveport, Louisiana. Kevin and I saw several exhibits at the visitor center. The Alligator Gar was interesting. It lives in the Red River. It has a long snout with sharp-looking teeth. These fish rarely attack humans.

 

A friendly staff member told us how she uses a compound bow to fish for the Alligator Gar in the Red River. She fishes from a boat and is able to see the fish in the water. She also stamped our blue goose national wildlife refuge book.

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On our morning walk at the refuge, we spotted a turtle, Northern Cardinals, Northern Mockingbirds, Pink Primrose wildflowers, Indian Blanket wildflowers and a new bird life lister called a Spotted Sandpiper.

Happy RVing!

Next, we moved to Vicksburg, Missouri to explore the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas

“It is good people who make good places.”
― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Texas
This park is near Bridgeport, Texas.

This park has a 5-mile walk. It’s called the Armadillo walk. We have our Fitbit’s charged and ready to go. 🙂 My Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps a day.

 We found a 30 amp site with full hook up next to the clubhouse. The street is called Hollywood Blvd. 🙂 The satellite reception and internet work well at our site. I think we’re going to have a nice quiet Easter here.

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 The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is a new find for us. The long forked tail on this bird is used it catch insects.

We applied for our elk’s membership in Texas this month. I’m excited to join the elk’s organization. If everything goes well we should be elks soon. Its good to be part of an organization that helps others. Also, the elks have RV parks all over the USA.

Happy RVing!

Finally, the seasonal Texas farmer markets are opening. I’m so excited!!!

Bird Spotting

  • Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (new bird life lister for us)
  • Killdeer
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mallards
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Mockingbird

Wildflowers

  • Texas Verbena
  • Texas Thistle
  • Wine cup
  • Coreopsis

Sky Watch Friday

 

 

Mt Rainier & Mount St. Helen in WA

Mt Rainier & Mount St. Helen in WA

“…the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.” – John Muir, conservationist, 1889

We camped at Paradise Thousand Trails and drove into Mt Rainier National Park. I found a few fun facts about Mt Rainier. Mt Rainier is considered an active volcano. It last erupted in 1894. The first female to reach to summit was Fay Fuller in 1890. I saw men and women with wilderness hiking gear ready to brave this mountain. Mt Rainier is an impressive sight.

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Kevin and I braved the Myrtle Falls Trail. On this trail the Summer wildflowers were blooming. The trees were green. The hikers were friendly. It was a beautiful morning.

The trail to Myrtle Falls is beautiful. The Summer wildflowers were everywhere. I had a good time trying to identify them. This trail made it easier because it has the name and a picture of the flower along the trail.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument 

I remember hearing about the Mount St. Helens eruption. It shocked me that an active volcano was in America. I’ve since found out that active volcanos are very much in America.

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The eruption area

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. A 5.1 earthquake marked the start of the eruption. Kevin and I drove to the Johnston Ridge Observatory to better understand what happened here.

Mount St. Helens is another geological wonder for me. My last geological wonder was in Yosemite, California. Half dome and El Capitan are spectacular. Looking at pictures of before and after the blast was an eye opener. The whole North side looks craved in after the eruption.  The miracle is that new growth is all around at Mount St. Helens.

We hiked the Hummocks Trail. The trail is a 2.3 mile loop. It’s a rock and ash-covered trail with a 300-foot elevation change. The trail was filled with Summer flowers & life.

Next, Kevin and I are traveling to Portland, Oregon to explore the underground tunnels, Ft Vancouver, Carver’s Cafe, see Nick Burkhardt’s house from the tv show Grimm and visit my army friend Vance. Thats right I served in the US Army in Germany during the mid 1980’s.

Happy RVing!

Weekly Photo Challenge Fun

The Thrill of the Hunt

The Thrill of the Hunt

They love the thrill of the hunt. Leslie Joseph

Not all treasure is silver and gold mate. Captain Jack Sparrow

The morning was beautiful so we decided to go geocache hunting. We camped at Ponderosa Thousand Trails so the drive to Dave Moore Nature Area was short. We drove in our Jeep Cherokee with our new travel bug trackable on the back. Track us anytime 🙂

The nature area was a breath of fresh air. We took our time enjoying the trail. I’d like to point out a few things about geocaching. Geocaching can be addicting. Its mentally & sometimes physically challenging. You explore new places. You meet new people. You get to spend time with nature. Best of all is….. the thrill of the hunt.

We found 4 geocaches. The first geocache was under some bark by a tree. The second geocache was in a ammo can. The third geocache was funny. It was called Big Mac. A rock that looked like a big mac was near the geocache. The fourth geocache was small. This geocache needed maintenance. We couldn’t even sign the log it was filled with too much water.

The day was perfect. The caches were fun. The trails were clear.

Happy Geocache Hunting!

Dave Moore Nature Area