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Old 12-14-2016, 07:47 PM   #61685
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As I'm looking at the area and journeys to be had... things to be experienced, I noticed Newport and Tillamook are on my list. I can't help but wish Wayne and Earlene were going to join us. They were just there and could have given us the grand tour.

I would really like to find a place with a ocean view and to see the stacks. Oregon Coast is just so.... well, you know.
Something to consider: It is best to travel hwy 101, from North to South as most view points and access are on the west side of the road. It is so much easier in a motorhome to get on and off 101 going in that direction. Not saying it can't be done the other way, but patience will be your friend waiting in the summer time for room to cross traffic.

As a kid, I've stayed at Beverly Beach SP, but that was when we had gray water dump sites near the camp. We would carry our dishwater out to the drain and pour it in. I've spent time in almost all of the towns along the hwy. We rented dune buggies and took a ride on the sand dunes near Florence, search the beaches for hidden glass floats in Lincoln City, etc. I still want to make my own glass float. Check out: jennifer sears glass art
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Old 12-14-2016, 07:56 PM   #61686
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One of the things that I want to do is show Annie Port Townsend, Wa. where my aunt Bonita lived. It's a special place to me still. I never looked at park availability but should be able to get close.

Bonita Bounder seems destined to see PT.
The Olympic Peninsula is beautiful. We have driven around the outskirts in a car but not camped there. Of course we were geocaching! Port Townsend is a neat area.
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:26 PM   #61687
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One thing you need to be aware of in Oregon -- a high level of environmental concern. If you drink bottled water or soft drinks buy them BEFORE you get there. Oregon has a 5 cent per bottle bounty on disposables and redeeming them is not easy. We may need to make this a bring your own plate and cutlery GC. I'll see what Laurie has to say about us producing mountains of trash at group meals when I meet with her next Spring on my way north.

This is gonna be a legendary GC! If you haven't made reservations get in touch with me ASAP. We may be able to squeeze in a few more coaches. August is their busy season.
Around my area, it's standard fair that 5 cent deposit. Bottle returns are at every grocery store pretty much. Not hard to return them at all.

Here's the surprise I got hit by the other day - bought some REAL egg nog (don't worry, it doesn't go down plain ) and the deposit on the bottle was $2!!! It's from a local farm so apparently they want those bottles back!
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Around my area, it's standard fair that 5 cent deposit. Bottle returns are at every grocery store pretty much. Not hard to return them at all.

Here's the surprise I got hit by the other day - bought some REAL egg nog (don't worry, it doesn't go down plain ) and the deposit on the bottle was $2!!! It's from a local farm so apparently they want those bottles back!
Reminds me of paying for my groceries to be bagged in Santa Fe Nm. No "free" bags of any kind. I don't necessarily disagree, just didn't know. I am a little conflicted on this one though. Harken back to when I got swine flu from who knows where. Folks could carry all kind a stuff in on their own environmentally friendly sea island organic cotton grocery bags. (We have them...).
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Fer some folks, that would be "tetched", eh Wayne?
Yuppers! But I don't want to be tetched, do you?

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As I'm looking at the area and journeys to be had... things to be experienced, I noticed Newport and Tillamook are on my list. I can't help but wish Wayne and Earlene were going to join us. They were just there and could have given us the grand tour.

I would really like to find a place with a ocean view and to see the stacks. Oregon Coast is just so.... well, you know.
We have done a lot of the West Coast a few times and twice all the way up to Widbey Island, WA. Been there done that and yes if we were going we'd get up a wagon (RV) train and do it together.

If you are going up the 101 the Mills Casino and RV park is a wonderful place to stay. And if you do go there let me know and we'll let you in on a secret place for a good hamburger and some of the best french fries in the world.
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Yuppers! But I don't want to be tetched, do you?


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Too late! Been tetched in the haid fer years! How long has it been fer you?
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Too late! Been tetched in the haid fer years! How long has it been fer you?
Unfortunately longer than you. I am a little older don'tchaknow.
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All that talk of Idanha got me thinking of where I'd be driving in from. Does anyone know if I can go from I-84W to Oregon 197 south till 97 south and then 20 west to Idanha? Not knowing those roads not sure if those state roads are wide/tall enough.

I'm thinking that'd be easier than driving I-84W/I-5S all the way to Salem just to drive back east an hour and a half. And I'm sure I'll want the shortest time once I'm getting that close!
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We have done a lot of the West Coast a few times and twice all the way up to Widbey Island, WA. Been there done that and yes if we were going we'd get up a wagon (RV) train and do it together.

If you are going up the 101 the Mills Casino and RV park is a wonderful place to stay. And if you do go there let me know and we'll let you in on a secret place for a good hamburger and some of the best french fries in the world.
Wayne - now that some of the family has consolidated nearby - maybe we can our sails set in the same direction. I known we're always welcome you're way, but having spent 8 years there as a kid, I'm only a little curious about the area. I was last in Galveston somewhere around '92 (as best I recall). My memories of '65 - '73.... well, you know....
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The Olympic Peninsula is beautiful. We have driven around the outskirts in a car but not camped there. Of course we were geocaching! Port Townsend is a neat area.
Ditto on the Olympic Peninsula! We were in Sequim and Port Angeles 15 years ago. Visited Olympic National Park. Gorgeous vistas every where you look.
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I like great guitar players, seen a lot. I don't think there is any such thing as "the greatest", but Tommy is definitely impressive. What I found even more impressive is the fact that his BROTHER Phil is also quite accomplished and you put them together and WOW! If you don't want to watch the whole video, skip 11 minutes in, watch Tommy break a string and recover and then around 12 or 13 minutes in you'll see something I bet you haven't seen before with two guitar players wailing away!

Wow, indeed!
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Mel, no doubt about it Tommy Emmanuel is fantastic. Love listening to him.

By the way, when you come back to this area I'll have my son come to the house with his "Taylor Made" (I know you know what that is.) and you two can jam.

In the meantime Here is a video to inspire you. This young lady, Tina S and is around 16 years of age is also fantastic.



She is from France. Does it look like she is concentrating rear hard. Effortless!
I laughed out loud at one part where she actually looked bored with the whole thing! Incredible talent!
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All that talk of Idanha got me thinking of where I'd be driving in from. Does anyone know if I can go from I-84W to Oregon 197 south till 97 south and then 20 west to Idanha? Not knowing those roads not sure if those state roads are wide/tall enough.

I'm thinking that'd be easier than driving I-84W/I-5S all the way to Salem just to drive back east an hour and a half. And I'm sure I'll want the shortest time once I'm getting that close!
Carl, that is the route we will be taking except for one correction. You can access 97 right off I-84 at Biggs Junction instead of going to The Dalles and cutting back on 197. We will probably stop for a night or two near Madras before heading on to Idanha. They are regular two lane paved roads. I don't think there are any tunnels that you'd have to go through so height restrictions shouldn't be a problem. I will look into that more, I just don't remember any. We will be coming down to I-84 off I-82 from Kennewick unless we have a mini c in McCall first. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'll have to look to see if I have some old pics of that area.
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Carl, that is the route we will be taking except for one correction. You can access 97 right off I-84 at Biggs Junction instead of going to The Dalles and cutting back on 197. We will probably stop for a night or two near Madras before heading on to Idanha. They are regular two lane paved roads. I don't think there are any tunnels that you'd have to go through so height restrictions shouldn't be a problem. I will look into that more, I just don't remember any. We will be coming down to I-84 off I-82 from Kennewick unless we have a mini c in McCall first. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'll have to look to see if I have some old pics of that area.
Thanks for the details, I guess I shouldn't be looking at maps late night as I didn't notice 97 could be accessed right off I-84 The rest of my run out there is pretty straight forwards and I used to live in the Toledo area so from home base to there is a short 12 hour trip by car, probably 15 or 16 by RV
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