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Old 09-24-2009, 07:58 PM   #11
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Re: Tripping Oregon early October

We returned yesterday from a three day stay in Fort Stevens State Park (near Astoria) and also visited South Beach State Park (south of Newport), and visited all points in between, although briefly.

On the way down we took the I5 to Olympia, then the 101 and 12 to Aberdeen and the 105 to Westport, Grayland, North Cove, Raymond and the 101 and 103 to Long Beach then the 101 to Astoria. The drive is interesting but slow. You could save a lot of time by taking the I5 south to Kelso / Longview and the 30 across to Astoria.

We took in the "30 mile garage (junk) sale" which ran between Westport and North Cove, which appears to be an annual event.

Both Fort Stevens and South Beach are great campsites, although large motor homes and trailers dominate. We saw a few Casitas, Escapes, T[at]B. These campsites were almost full, which the rangers attributed to the great weather. We were able to find a spot at Fort Stevens without reservations, however.

The pictures show our campsite at Fort Stevens (still waiting for our Escape) and a beautiful sunset there.

We did not have much time so stayed at Fort Stevens and took a day trip south to Newport and South Beach. It took from 8:00 AM to about 6:00 PM going southward, including stops. The trip back up to Fort Stevens took about 3 hours, and the traffic was light in the evening. There are some significant hills on this stretch, so you might not want to pull your trailer if you don't have to.
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:17 PM   #12
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Re: Tripping Oregon early October

Very nice. Thanks for the pictures.
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:39 PM   #13
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Re: Tripping Oregon early October

Nice pix.

Near as I can tell, we'll try to make Newport, with an overnight in Olympia. Your report is more useful than Google Maps.

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Old 09-24-2009, 09:21 PM   #14
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Re: Tripping Oregon early October

The fastest way to Newport would be to take the I5 from Olympia to exit 228 south of Albany, then head west on highway 20 to Newport. South Beach State Park is just a few miles south of Newport, and once you drop the trailer you can easily get to Lincoln City (to the north).

Tammy mentioned whales. The first picture is from an amazing display of whales at Boiler Bay, just between Newport and Lincoln City.

The second picture shows Beverly Beach, just north of Newport.

The best navigating guide is the Official State Map of Oregon, published by the Oregon Department of Transportation. We got ours from the Fort Stevens State Park.

Enjoy your trip!

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Old 09-25-2009, 12:57 PM   #15
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Your shots are gorgeous, Brian!
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Here are a few more shots taken this week at Fort Stevens, near Astoria. The fire picture is a tribute to Glenn's campfire shot.
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That camp fire shot is mighty fine.

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