|Cape Blanco Lighthouse|
|These guys visited us behind our rig|
Our first stop, just north of the California border was Brookings, Oregon. We stayed at an Elks Lodge, it was a spot in a parking lot but for $20.00 a night you just can't beat the price. It rained a lot while we were there but we did get some nice weather and had time for some exploring. One of the RV blogs I follow had talked a lot about Cape Blanco State Park and the lighthouse there. This couple had worked as lighthouse hosts there for a month and we wanted to check it out. We got there too late to get into the lighthouse but we did meet one of the current lighthouse hosts and talked to her about the job. We also took a drive around the campground and have decided to stop here for a few nights on our way north.
On our way back to Brooking we stopped at the Crazy Norwegian in Gold Coast for dinner. The food was good and the desserts were awesome! We both ate too much, really need to stop doing that.
|Lemon Cream for Marty and Carrot Cake for me - Yum!|
4/24 - 4/25, Cape Blanco State Park
|The view out our back window|
The lighthouse is up a hill, you can drive there until 3:00 when they lock the gate at the bottom of the hill. With the gate closed you have to walk up the hill, Marty wanted sunset lighthouse photos so up we walked. This lighthouse is on a point, you are surrounded by water on three sides. Beautiful! We even saw some deer while we were up there.
|Walking to the lighthouse|
|Just don't make me look down!|
|Mary and Bob|
|What a view!|
|Doesn't it look like a dollhouse?|
|This is about 10x the size of ours|
As beautiful as Cape Blanco was and as much as we would have liked to stay a few more days it was time to continue north. We may be back at Cape Blanco to volunteer in the lighthouse for a month (or two).
4/26 - 4/29, Tillamook Elks Lodge
The drive along the coast to Tillamook was only 225 miles. We stayed at another Elks Lodge but this was not their usual parking lot. It was right off 101 in a grassy field with well laid out gravel RV spots. They even had an enclosed gazebo with a wood burning stove and a small kitchen for group gatherings.
There was quite a bit to do in this area. We stopped in town to pick up some tourist information and set out to do some exploring. Across the street from the tourist information was the Tillamook Pioneer History Museum. This museum is housed in an old courthouse and they had so much stuff! We talked to the registrar and told her how we volunteer at the Forks Museum. She seemed interested in the idea of RV volunteers; maybe some day we'll see a listing for work there.
|Even the viewing telescopes are happy in Oregon!|
One more place we visited was the Tillamook Air Museum which is housed in a former blimp hangar, called "Hangar B". This is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. It was a very interesting museum with lots of information about the use of blimps during the war. Sometimes when we visit museums it makes me realize how much we don't know about American history.
After leaving the Tillamook Air Museum we headed back to the Cheese Factory for a few more items, you can never have enough fudge or ice cream.
While in Oregon we had a light come on in the truck, looked it up in our manual and discovered that it was some kind of problem with the Def Fluid tank. (In case you don't know what Def fluid is, it's used with diesel engines). The closest Chevy dealer we could find was 60 miles away in Hillsboro, Oregon (right outside of Portland). We drove over and they gave us good news and bad news. The good news was it was an easy fix and would be covered under our warranty. The bad news was there is a national back order on the item they needed and they couldn't get it for 3 weeks! We needed to be in Forks in a few days so we decided to take our chances and take it to a dealer in Washington. The Oregon dealer thought we should be able to make it to Forks. We did find out that we'd be able to drive for a while with no restrictions and then we'd be able to drive 99 miles at mph, then 99 miles at 55 mph and then it would drop down to 4 mph. YIKES!
4/30 through ........., Forks, Washington
Once we were settled Marty called a dealer in Port Angeles to make an appointment for the truck. We took it in on Wednesday and while driving the 60 miles there the light came on telling us we were 99 miles from our first restriction down to 65 mph. When we got to the dealer they were able to order the part but it would take a few days to come in so we drove the 60 miles back to Forks. Our first 10 days in Forks were spent close by, no sightseeing for us - had to conserve those miles! The part came in and Marty successfully made it back to Port Angeles where the truck was fixed and life is good.
|Logger Memorial Project|
|Armed and Dangerous|
|The Museum got a new (old) tractor - built from a kit in the 1920's|
|Updated farm area|
|Salt Creek Recreation Area|
Since our truck is fixed we did get in a little bit of exploring on our days of. We took a drive to Salt Creek Recreation Area which is a beautiful park on the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Some of the campsites there look right out on the water. We did a little bit of hiking and I even found some pretty seashells to add to my collection.
On another day we drove with Linda (our boss) up to Clallam Bay to look for sea glass and agates. I was very happy to find some small pieces of sea glass - they're hard to spot and Linda has way more patience than I do for looking for them.
Another excursion was yesterday (5/23) when we took a ride on a Forest Service Road that is not recommended unless you have 4-wheel drive. It was 8 miles on a very bumpy one lane road along a steep drop-off. It ended at what used to be the Kloshe Nanitch fire lookout tower but is now a platform looking out over Lake Crescent to the west, the Olympic mountains to the east and, if you're really lucky and it's a clear day, you can see the Pacific Ocean to the south. We didn't see the ocean (too hazy) but we did see an eagle soaring overhead which was pretty awesome!
|At the very top of the picture is Lake Crescent. The road below is Hwy 101.|
That's it for this post - all our visitors are coming in June so it should be a busy month with lots of sightseeing and photos.