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Old 09-30-2016, 02:33 PM   #21
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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."
Tell me about it! My current cracker cheese is cheddar made in Ireland, Wales, another one I forget and one called "Tickler". I just go to the small Italian grocery in Seattle and give them the stickies that list the cheeses I like. I get a hunk of each and I'm on my merry way.

They don't list the cheddars on their site, but they have quite a few. And if you like olives, there's a huge selection of those as well. You can get taste samples of both.

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I know, not in Oregon, but something to think about for those visiting in the Seattle area. You would NOT want to take your tow and trailer to this store though. It's in a commercial area (near Tesla!) and their parking lot is quite tight and steep. There might be some street parking, but I wouldn't count on it. If you're camping in the area and exploring Seattle, keep this store in mind if you like cheese (and olives, which I detest so I can't recommend any for ya).
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Old 09-30-2016, 03:49 PM   #22
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Anywhere on the west side of the Cascades looks damp for the next week or so. Stub Stewart is a nice park, especially if you are a bicyclist . Fort Stevens State Campground just west of Astoria is incredible. Also, on your way south I might suggest going west at Tillamook along the Three Capes drive and possibly spending a night at Cape Lookout State Park. If you do, plan to stop and checkout Cape Kiwanda to the south.
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:44 PM   #23
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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.
Will look into that, thanks Jon.
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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!
More cheese, nice.
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Anywhere on the west side of the Cascades looks damp for the next week or so. Stub Stewart is a nice park, especially if you are a bicyclist . Fort Stevens State Campground just west of Astoria is incredible. Also, on your way south I might suggest going west at Tillamook along the Three Capes drive and possibly spending a night at Cape Lookout State Park. If you do, plan to stop and checkout Cape Kiwanda to the south.
Wet is not a lot of fun, but we can still have fun nonetheless.

I will check into that park, could be a good possibility as we head our way south.
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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

Have fun, Safe Journeys, see you next week!

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I just phoned, and the only Forest Service campground in the area of Mt Hood that is open is Lazy Bend Campground, not too convenient to Mt Hood itself, being over an hour away from the Timberline Lodge. Our friends in Sandy also suggested checking it out, and that the food there was good if we wanted a meal.

The Mt Hood Village RV Resort is open year round. At $49/night it certainly seems pricey though. Might be our only option though.
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Just for what it's worth, Jim, one of our favorite places to camp a little south of Portland is Champoeg (pronounced shampooey) State Park. They have ice and firewood at the sites, nice grassy areas, pads, and it is on the Willamette river, with nice dog friendly hiking trails. It used to be an old pioneer town, in fact the named street posts are still there. A lovely place.
Even though you may not be in the area a little east of Salem, another favorite area is Silver Falls where you can walk behind the waterfalls. Beautiful hiking and biking trails. That may be for another trip, nevertheless. Worth it.
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Just for what it's worth, Jim, one of our favorite places to camp a little south of Portland is Champoeg (pronounced shampooey) State Park. They have ice and firewood at the sites, nice grassy areas, pads, and it is on the Willamette river, with nice dog friendly hiking trails. It used to be an old pioneer town, in fact the named street posts are still there. A lovely place.
Even though you may not be in the area a little east of Salem, another favorite area is Silver Falls where you can walk behind the waterfalls. Beautiful hiking and biking trails. That may be for another trip, nevertheless. Worth it.
Bruce mentioned that too, plus I know I have heard of it elsewhere. Another consideration. Silver Falls does look nice too, maybe we will head up the Willamette Valley on the way home.

Man, I think I may need more than 3 weeks. I wanna do everthing.
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Where ever you stay in Oregon, they have, bar none, IMHO, the best, cleanest, most organized state parks anywhere. Have a great time!
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I am supposing that you are visiting Haystack Rock and area while at Nehalem. Can't miss that!

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Definitely making notes whether we go that way, or do it when we come back.


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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I am supposing that you are visiting Haystack Rock and area while at Nehalem. Can't miss that!
No sure what that is, but I will certainly check it out, thanks for the tip.
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You can find Haystack Rock near pancakes and bacon.

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