From the Road

Top Pic: Sunset as seen through a dust storm settling in the valley below us.

We found a great campsite in Water Canyon BLM. The campsites are scattered along the road & creek. We took the first site. Looking up the canyon, only one other RV is in sight.

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Top photo: Old Mill District on the Deschutes River.

"Home again... Chilling in Bend. Of all the places we've been, it always feels like coming home when we pull into Bend!"

Update: This post was first published on August 15th when arrived in Bend for our summer visit. We returned on November 1st for the winter.

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Sixty-nine miles. Now that's my kind of driving day. We found a well cared for state park not too far from John Day, OR. There's a few things we want to check out in John Day.

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We were hesitant to move on a Friday without reservations. But sometime you just gotta... "Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape" - Guy Clark.

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Top photo: Nearby Blue Lake.

Our goal for today was to escape from the smoke that was being created by the Pioneer fire. Sadly, we had to keep moving though some absolutely beautiful areas & nice campgrounds.

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We went from hot to hot and traded spectacular views for a nice spot on the Green River. The folks next site over said it cools down pretty good at night. Hopefully they're right.

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We're so happy to be back in the tall pine/fur trees and mountains. Camping at 7,900' elevation about seven and a half miles west of Red River, NM.

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Well, this turned out to be our lucky day. We pulled into Harris Beach SP scored the last site available overlooking the ocean. We're already enjoying the amazing view!

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Porcupine leading the way on New River Trail.

This trail is an easy 3.2 mile loop trail that runs through a number of habitat types. Two short sections of the trail go along the road. Actually the loop is a collection of 6 short trails: Ocean View Trail, Huckleberry Hill Trail, Ridge Trail, North...

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Cape Blanco is the most southern Oregon lighthouses, and is the most western point in OR. It was the 1st lighthouse in the state outfitted with a first-order Fresnel lens in 1870.

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Found a nicely wooded campground that offers spectacular views of Bastendorff Beach below. This beach extends from Yoakum Head to the south jetty which is the entrance of the bay.

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"Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles from Florence to Coos Bay. This is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. Recreational opportunities galore."

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