Travelinformation - May 5 - 17 2009                                    back to  Oregon-page

           For the first time with a camper - exciting! From  Vancouver to Everett in the state of Washington, where we attended for 4 days the Convention of the American Rhododendron Society. Then we stayed 2 days with friends in Tacoma, Wa.
The real trip started on Monday, May 5 Our planning was to take the Coastal Route along the shore, but the weatherforecast was 3 days of rainy weather.  So, just north of Portland we took the Interstate 84 eastwards along the Columbia River. Therefore we missed the beauty of the route because of the rain.  Arriving at The Dalles on the Columbia River the weather improved. From here I describe shortly the route with some highlights. It is impossible to tell everything - there is so much to see and do. The albums tell the real story and show the beauty of what we saw. Almost every night we stayed at an Oregon State Parks, mostly in a beautiful environment of woods, rivers or other natural beauty. Also with affordable prices, certainly for Europeans, about 15 - 20 $ per night.  
May 6: - Hwy 216 - White River Falls - Deschutes River - Hwy 97 - Shaniko - Antelope (37 inhabitants) - Hwy 218 'Clarno Unit' rock formation - Fossil - Service Creek, just a few houses, - Hwy 207 to Mitchell on Hwy 26 to Prineville - a bit past Mitchell the 'Painted Hills' very special!! - Prineville Reservoir.
May 7 - Prineville Hwy 126 - Redmond - Hwy 97 north 'Smith Rock State Park'. Splendid rock formations along the Crooked River - south to Bend and south of  Bend the High Desert Museum - very interesting.
May 8 - Lava Butte a volcanic cone south of Bend Hwy 97 - Lava River Cave, an underground lava river - Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Paulina Lake very nice mountainous landscape.
May 9 - La Pine Hwy 97 - Hwy 31, the Fremont Hwy or 'Outback Scenic Byway' - Fort Rock, old volcano - Christmas Valley - Summer Lake - Hwy 395 - Abert Lake and Abert Rim - Lakeview with spouting geyser Perpetua - Goose Lake and Goose Lake State Park near the Californian border.
May 10 - Lakeview - Hwy 140 to Klamath Falls - Hwy 66 to Ashland, many wildflowers - Interstate i5 to the Valley of the Rock State Park near Grants Pass
May 11 - Hwy 199 to Crescent City in California, also many wildflowers - Darlingtonia carnivorous plants-park - Jedediah Smith Redwood Park with the big Sequoia trees - Hwy 101, Oregon Coast Highway to Brookings, Or and Harris Beach State Park with fine beach!! From now on north on the Hwy 101, the Oregon Coast Highway. We were warned that this highway would be very crowded, but we did not notice any crowd!!
May 12 - all the way Hwy 101 - Samuel H. Boardman State Park - Cape Ferrelo - Lone Ranch Beach - Whalehead Beach - Thomas Creek Bridge - Pistol River - Cape Sebastian - Gold Beach - Humbug Mountain - Port Orford - Cape Blanco State Park with campground.
May 13 - a bit rainy - Bandon, nice city, nice shops - Coquille River - to the left onto Charleston and Cape Arago Highway - Shore Acres Garden with Rhododendrons and roses etc. - Simpson Reef with sea lions and seals - to Hwy 101 to Sunset Bay State Park.
May 14 - to Hwy 101 North Bend - Umpqua River Lighthouse - Winchester Bay - Tahkenitch Dunes Overlook - Jessie M. Honeyman State Park dunes - Florence dunes - Florence - Heceta Beach with lighthouse - Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park.
May 15 - still on the Hwy - Strawberry Hill with seals - Cape Perpetua, up to the info center for a marvellous viewt! - Yachats with large beach - Waldport - Newport with sea lions, nice city - Yaquina bridge and lighthouse - Yaquina Head with lighthouse - Cape Foulweather - Depoe Bay, smallest navigable harbor in the world and departure point for fishing and whale watching - Lincoln City.
May 16 - Pacific City with Cape Kiwanda, colourful rocky formations and splendid views, worth spending many hours - take off left to the 'Three Capes Scenic Drive' - Cape Lookout - Oceanside - Three Arch Rocks - Cape Meares with small lighthouse - Octopus Tree - Tillamook Bay - Nehalem Bay - Wheeler - Nehalem Bay State Park with campground.
May 17 - Oswald West State park - Hug Point with small romantic waterfall - Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock, 235 foot high and large beach and many shops - Ecola State Park with fantastic views north and south - Seaside - Astoria with 4-miles-long bridge over the Columbia River, harbor and Column with 360 gr. views - Fort Stevens and Fort Stevens State Park with campground and beach with Peter Iredale shipswreck.
May 18 - through the state of Washington back to Vancouver.

Boeken, kaarten etc.

'Oregon, Atlas & Gazetteer'-  maps in bookformate - zie www.delorme.com
'Guide to America's Outdoors Pacific Northwest' - National Geographic - 288 pg. very informative - ISBN 0-7922-774006
'The Smithsonian guides to Natural America, the Pacific Northwest', Washington-Oregon - much information - ISBN 0-679-76313-9  paperback
'Insider's guide Oregon Coast' third edition - touristic info  ISBN 13: 978-0-7627-388407 en 10: 0-7627-3884-7  see also  www.InsidersGuide.com 
'Frommer's Oregon'- THE book for touristic informations of Oregon - ISBN 978-0-470-16414-3  www.wiley.com  and  www.Travelocity.com 
'the Photographer's guide to the Oregon Coast - where to Find Perfect Shots and How to take Them' - a wonderful  guide for all those who want to photograph the Oregon coast.  ISBN 0-88150-534-X
'West Coast RV Camping - a Complete Guide to More than 1,800 RV Parks and Campgrounds in California, Oregon, and Washington' by Tom Stienstra publisher Moon, see  www.moon.com  ISBN 978-1-56691-845-9
'Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, second edition' - National Geographic, so, good! Many rouristic routes throughout the whole USA. ISBN 0-7922-7468-7
'Pacific Northwest' in the series of Eyewitness Travel Guides (Capitool?) Splendid book with many fine pictures and a lot of info. ISBN 0-7894-9680-1  www.dk.com 
From the AAA, de American Automobile Association, showing your member's card, for free:
'Northwestern Campbook' Idaho,Montana,Oregon,Washington,Wyoming', so with campgrounds, and the
'Oregon & Washington Tourbook' with a lot of all kinds of informations, including food, sleeping, shops, camping etc.
'Oregon State Parks, a complete recreation guide' with all of the 169 (!)  State parks, with descriptions, maps and details. In the best natural places of Oregon.
'In search of
Ancient Oregon' a magnificent book about the geological genesis of  Oregon with very good pictures. I bought it in the 'High Desert Museum' in Bend, central Oregon. 30 $, just great!  ISBN-13: 978-0-88192-789-4

Websites:

So many, as you will understand. So, I mention here some of them - for the rest just google on the internet.
www.TravelOregon.com   www.oldoregon.com   www.CoastVisitor.com   www.VisitCentralOregon.com   www.101things.com  www.rvjournal.com  www.gorge.net   www.eova.com    www.VisitTheOregonCoast.com    www.travelportland.com   www.sova.org   voor Indiaanse info, b.v.  www.grandronde.org   www.ctsi.nsn.us   www.coquilletribe.org   www.cowcreek.com   www.umatilla.nsn.us   www.klamathtribes.org  en nog veel meer.

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