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Old 03-07-2015, 12:55 PM   #1
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Off to the left coast

We are headed west in a week to escape the GWN.
Our first USA stop will be Deception Pass State park and after that we will head south along 101 to northern California
Please share you favourite campground, lighthouse, things to do, or place to go.
We will have the dogs so "dog friendly" would be nice for most things
I have been searching the archives and have some great ideas already but a few more will not hurt
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:16 PM   #2
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Be sure to stop for lunch or a break at Fat Smitty's at the intersection of Highways 20 and 101...
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:54 PM   #3
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If you have not been on hiway 1, turn off 101 to the real coast and you will see great sights and you will appreciate a small trailer. You can go all of the way to SFO on 1.
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A whole lot of great things to see and do. Just a few of my favorites :
> Cape Disappointment State Park (WA side of the mouth of the Columbia), really enjoyed the North Head Lighthouse nearby
> Nehalem Bay Campground (central Oregon), nice small town (Manzanita)
> There's a nice (spendy) art community 20 miles north - Cannon Beach, including some gorgeous glassblowing
> Beverly Beach campground
> Bullards Beach campground, near Bandon
Tons more.

I'm curious ... We were used to traveling with a small westie, but just adopted a Polish Lowland Sheepdog (40 pound range). Between him and his sister (our son's), who we may bring along, we were getting concerned about living space in our 5.0 (which is essentially a 17b with an upstairs bed). So have you found enough room to coexist with your two dogs? We were considering we just might have to upgrade to a 21, but really love the 5.0.

Best wishes on your trip, wish we could do the same.
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:13 PM   #5
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wow that was quick

That burger place looks great (wonder if they have poutine)

We will try some of Highway 1 but from what i remember some of it is narrow, hilly and curvey.

No problem with 2 dogs as they are only about 40 pounds and tollers are generally well behaved. We used to travel with a smaller trailer,( surfside) and a 75 pound golden retriever and a little poodle type dog so it seems like we have lots of room.
great suggestions for spots

thanks to all of you
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Old 03-07-2015, 03:22 PM   #6
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That burger place looks great (wonder if they have poutine)
Probably not, they sometimes eat different kinds of food than us, I remember the first time, as a teenager, I asked for some vinegar with my fries and they were kind of puzzled

Before we started travelling extensively we worried about travelling with dogs. As time went by we started to realize, that while some extra work is involved, dogs are great ice-breakers and over-all it was a positive thing to do, even in countries where dogs aren't viewed the same way we view them.

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We are headed west in a week to escape the GWN.
Our first USA stop will be Deception Pass State park and after that we will head south along 101 to northern California
Please share you favourite campground, lighthouse, things to do, or place to go.
We will have the dogs so "dog friendly" would be nice for most things
I have been searching the archives and have some great ideas already but a few more will not hurt
I put together a spread sheet of all the campgrounds mentioned in the forum before my trip from Chilliwack to North Carolina last year. If you will search for the thread: "Travel After Chilliwack - No 2" and the 2nd post, you will see my spread sheet. I found it extremely helpful when traveling. We spent 49 nights in the Escape, in our case staying in non-commercial campgrounds. At the least, these campgrounds were used by other Escape owners and I've inserted the longitude & latitude so you can find it with GPS. Hopefully, you will find it helpful.
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In Tillamook, OR I took the tour of the Cheese Factory which was OK, and had a great time at the Air Museum. (Some of my photos)

While I'm sure the locals can give you better ideas of places to see, I've spent some time along 101 on all my trips to the west - Journals are linked here.
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In Tillamook, OR I took the tour of the Cheese Factory which was OK, and had a great time at the Air Museum. (Some of my photos)
Unfortunately the Tillamook Air Museum's WWII planes were recently moved away: "in April 2013, the museum announced that the part of its collection owned by Jack Erickson would be moving from Tillamook to Madras, Oregon, and all of the World War II aircraft had been removed by September 2014."

I am disappointed, since I have yet to visit the Air Museum in spite of our annual trips through the Tillamook area.

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A whole lot of great things to see and do. Just a few of my favorites :
> Cape Disappointment State Park (WA side of the mouth of the Columbia), really enjoyed the North Head Lighthouse nearby
> Nehalem Bay Campground (central Oregon), nice small town (Manzanita)
> There's a nice (spendy) art community 20 miles north - Cannon Beach, including some gorgeous glassblowing
> Beverly Beach campground
> Bullards Beach campground, near Bandon
Tons more.

I'm curious ... We were used to traveling with a small westie, but just adopted a Polish Lowland Sheepdog (40 pound range). Between him and his sister (our son's), who we may bring along, we were getting concerned about living space in our 5.0 (which is essentially a 17b with an upstairs bed). So have you found enough room to coexist with your two dogs? We were considering we just might have to upgrade to a 21, but really love the 5.0.

Best wishes on your trip, wish we could do the same.
I've been asked that since its just you, why the 21ft and not something smaller. I tell them that I will be traveling with my 2 shih tzu's and 2 cats and this is why I bought the larger trailer.
Love my little family....
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