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Old 01-05-2014, 09:33 AM   #1
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Travel After Chilliwack - No. 2

First of all thanks to all who responded to my first question of travel after Chilliwack. There were a lot of very good suggestions and advice. It certainly changed what our plans will be.

After some time on Vancouver or Whidbey Islands we will take a ferry to the Olympic Peninsula. I have always been intrigued by Sequim and its claim to fame as a “dry spot”. Is this a good place to base exploring the area? I can see excursions to the Hoh Rain Forest, Hurricane Ridge, and the Dungeness Spit. Are there other sights? Do you have a favorite camp spot in the area?

It is certain once we explore the Olympic Peninsula we will amble down the coast. Looking at a map it is overwhelming evaluating the parks and recreation areas on the Oregon and Washington coasts. Being foreign to the area it is so hard to know what is good to see and where to stay in early June. I expect we have a week to spend on the coast. Do you have some favorites?
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I'm also new to towing and have been working on capturing favorite campgrounds of other Escape forum users. I spent a great deal of time reading, copy/pasting campgrounds with comments from this forum and transferring onto an Excel workbook. I then went and added longitude & latitude so I could sort and placed the data by state. My final task was to transfer all these campgrounds onto DeLorme Street Atlas USA which I will carry with me on a laptop. My idea is that I will be able to choose an itinerary, out by 5 days or so, without having to plan my 10 week trip in too much detail. I only have map coordinates of "public campgrounds" and got the coordinates from a great iPhone app: Campwhere. Here is the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwk...it?usp=sharing
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A very nice state park on the Oregon coast is Bullard's Beach, south of Coos Bay and just above Bandon. It is clean and has full hook-ups. The FGRV group has a rally there in July. There are lots of things to see and do around there as well.
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While it may not be everyone's "Cup of Tea", I enjoyed stopping at both the Tillamook Cheese Factory in 2011 & the Tillamook Air Museum in 2012.

Both links go to my journal traveling along the coast - check the index for either trip other stops...
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I love the Oregon Coast.
It has been a number of years since I was last there though. Was tent camping then, now have to go back with our trailer and enjoy the ocean sights, sound and smells once again.

I still remember the first time I drove down the coast. Every time I would go around a corner or up of down a hill I was sure that it could not get any better. I was always pleasantly surprised that the incredible sights actually kept coming and changing as I ventured further southwards.
I might just have to go now and dig out my slides from the mid 70's and relive the experience once again!!

From my limited experience you really can't go too far wrong with anyplace on the Oregon Coast.

And when I do go back down there I will certainly dig out the stunt kite I got on the Oregon coast and fly it once again on a beach or two.
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It is interesting that you recommend Tillamook Cheese Factory. We have a local friend who raves about the place and the excellent cheese. This compliment coming from a Wisconsin resident is even more significant.

We have added Tillamook to our list. What about the bakery? I heard the lady working there can identify where you are from by your accent.
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If the dates work with your delivery and coastal trip, we'd love to see you at Maryhill.
There will be a number of other new 21'ers and a lot of other trailers there.

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