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Old 09-30-2016, 09:12 AM   #11
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Stub Stewart State Park is about halfway from Portland to Nehalem and open year round. 20 miles of paved trails on what used to be a railroad between Banks and Venonia if you like to bike.



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Old 09-30-2016, 09:32 AM   #12
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The Coulee Corridor (WA 17) is fascinating if you're interested in geology. Aside from that, there's Frenchman's Coulee with The Feathers, Moses Coulee, Yeager Rock, the White Bluffs of the Columbia, and farther down the state Wallula Gap if you're interested in Glacial Lake Missoula. The list goes on and on...
Sounds very interesting. I will be doing trips back to the PNW a few more times in the future, ones where the pace will be a lot slower, and I can take time to check out all these types of areas.

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Sunset Bay State Park - Oregon State Parks and Recreation

I stayed here for a week last year when I had a motorhome rental. A friend lives there and she took me on some great sightseeing trips in the area. We even saw some gray whales, at the tail end of their migration. You might be a bit early for their winter migration, but you might luck out.

I don't have a lot of experience with campgrounds, but I really liked this one. It was very nicely maintained, very quiet at night and there were 2 hosts on site. I was there before the season started so some of the loops were closed to camping.

You won't get any cell service there as you're right up against a big hill, but there is a working pay phone! First one I've used in years.

When you're in the area, be sure to visit Face Rock Creamery (just don't tell 'em you were at Tillamook - bit of a story there, according to my friend). OMG, the cranberry walnut cheddar is wonderful!

Face Rock Creamery Home of Premium Handmade Cheese in Bandon Oregon
Sunset Bay does seem like a nice place to stay if we do head to Coos Bay, which is our plan right now.

Last time we were in Coos Bay, we stayed to the north at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, another nice place. But to be fair, having stayed at a half dozen different Oregon State Parks before, there was not a one we did not like.

We will definitely check out that other cheese place if we are near. While Tillamook does make a good quality cheese, for the most part it is pretty run of the mill, at least the last time we were there. We are cheese snobs, and love some of the unique offerings from around the world. I likes me some stinky cheese.
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That makes sense, I guess I read it that you wanted to back track to Sandy from west Portland... that would have been miserable.
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Stub Stewart State Park is about halfway from Portland to Nehalem and open year round. 20 miles of paved trails on what used to be a railroad between Banks and Venonia if you like to bike.



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Sounds like lots to do around there. Oh man, I need more time.
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In addition to what Karen said, the WA17 route is to break up the driving, and have stuff to look at along the way. It has a few passing similarities to the Drumheller badlands region, more or less.


If you two (three?) wanted to stay at one place after Spokane, look up Champoeg State Park. It breaks your RV campsite request, but .... it's central. The fall season drive along I84 would be fantastic, for an interstate.




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Jim, we've been known to hold NOGs at L.L. Stub Stewart. You'll have to come out for another NOG when we go back there! Seeing a bunch of folks head out on bicycles is neato!
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In addition to what Karen said, the WA17 route is to break up the driving, and have stuff to look at along the way. It has a few passing similarities to the Drumheller badlands region, more or less.


If you two (three?) wanted to stay at one place after Spokane, look up Champoeg State Park. It breaks your RV campsite request, but .... it's central. The fall season drive along I84 would be fantastic, for an interstate.




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Definitely making notes whether we go that way, or do it when we come back.
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Jim, we've been known to hold NOGs at L.L. Stub Stewart. You'll have to come out for another NOG when we go back there! Seeing a bunch of folks head out on bicycles is neato!
I will quite likely make it to another NOG. We both love the PNW, probably because there are many similarities to Western Canada. It will take many trips to check it all out. I have yet to spend time near the coast in Washington, and would love to do that some day too.

This is only my third trip camping along the coast in Oregon, and Nehalem is now the furthest north I have been. We were there in 1995 when our kids were smaller and we had a tent trailer. Back in 2009, on the inaugural run of our Escape 19. We also spent a week on the way down at Wallowa State Park, doing lots of exploring there, and loved it.
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There are lots of Forest Service campgrounds on the south side of Mt Hood (Lost Lake is really pretty):

Mt. Hood National Forest - Camping & Cabins:RV Camping

Also, Don't know when you would get to the Oregon border south from Spokane but this COE campground is a little oasis. Just north of the Oregon border by Umatilla.

Facility Details - Plymouth Park, WA - Recreation.gov

If you are visiting Mt Hood, Timberline Lodge is worth a visit. Here are the campgrounds they list close by. Still Creek is supposed to be pretty or, if you want more amenities, there's always Mt Hood RV Village:

Mt Hood Camping | Mt Hood Hiking | Timberline Lodge

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While in Tillamook, check out the Air Museum. It is in a huge wooden blimp hanger, one of the few left. Many of the airplanes still fly; the last time I was there they took 3 of them out for a ride.
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How do people like the "other cheese factory" in Tillimook? Blue Heron?



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Just googled/yelped it. Seems good for brie and some other choices that the main competitor might not have. Go go Jim!
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Yeah, the Tillamook cheese factory is good if you want to see how cheese is mass produced. Mechanical engineers like looking at all the machinery. Their wives get bored and sit down to read a book. Don't ask me how I know this.

I do like their cheddar and use it quite frequently. However, when I want cheese on my crackers, I get cheddar made from much smaller companies. It has a completely different taste than the Tillamook.
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Yeah, the Tillamook cheese factory is good if you want to see how cheese is mass produced. Mechanical engineers like looking at all the machinery. Their wives get bored and sit down to read a book. Don't ask me how I know this.

I do like their cheddar and use it quite frequently. However, when I want cheese on my crackers, I get cheddar made from much smaller companies. It has a completely different taste than the Tillamook.
And the Cheddar made in Cheddar England will cure you from any North American Cheddar. First time I tasted it: "Oh, so that's what Cheddar is supposed to taste like."
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