From the Road

We found a gem for our first stop of this trip. A very scenic & well cared for BLM campground located near both the Steens Mountain & Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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In keeping with our "river" theme on this mini road trip, we drove 160 crazy Memorial Day miles to get where the Deschutes River empties into the Columbia River. Once again, the RV gods were good to us as we scored a site backing up to the Deschutes.

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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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A glimpse of the historic Coquille Lighthouse behind piles of driftwood on the beach.

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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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Top Photo: Bumpass Hell – The largest hydrothermal area in the park that can be accessed by a 3-mile round-trip hike. A boardwalk takes visitors through a bowl of mudpots, pools, and steam vents.

"This National Park Campground is located on Manzanita Lake, and nicely situated in the tall Jeffrey Pines".

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Top Photo: Rainbow Falls at Devil's Postpile National Monument.

"New Shady Rest Campground is walking distance to town, and conveniently located next to the developed town bike system."

New Shady Rest Forest Service Campground, Mammoth Lakes, CA: Site# 83, this site has water & dump station nearby, 94 sites, 7,000 ft elevation. May 19 - June 1st.
Overall Experience: smile

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"There’s just something about Death Valley National Park that makes one just love this place. This park is magical."

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"Nice campsite in a park with way too many rules, and very restricted options for hikes."

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Site #77, this site has water & dump station nearby, 100 sites, 1850 foot elevation. February 24 - March 3rd.
Overall Experience: smile

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Sometimes, you just have to hit the road even though there isn't time for a decent road trip. And that was the case with us: We had a window of about seven days, which was prefect for what I would call a mini-road trip. Once we learned about Big Bend Brewing Company's planned celebration in Valentin...

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While camping at Cochiti Recreation Area (army corps of engineers campground) in Peña Blanca, New Mexico, about 35 minutes from Santa Fe, we visited Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised by the r...

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