RV Travel Adventures

 

Welcome to Foxcentrals new travel and wellness blog. As we go about our adventures we are hoping to see and experience some wonderful places and meet a lot of interesting people. One of our challenges on the road and living in our little caravan is to stay fit and eat healthy. One would hope that the time factor is on our side and we can be creative in our cuisine keeping it healthy and tasty. Fitness should be happening every day and we will use a lot of exercises from Stephany at the Fit RV.Stay tuned. Jeff also hopes to get more you tubes going at his Fox Central channel.

Happy Trails,  Jeff and Liz  

and from Liz  At Just Around The Bend  ♥

Xeriscaping OUR YARD

You are thinking why in the world would you dig up this nice yard. We live in one of the most beautiful regions in the West. It is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With natural precipitation less than 5 inches during the April through October growing season, consideration of water use for our landscapes is very important. The water resources of our region are shared by all, and as such we each have a responsibility to use it wisely. The typical resident uses over 50% of the water they use annually, outside for landscaping. Landscapes add value, beauty and livability to our homes and keeping them WaterWise is a critical part of being a good steward in this incredible region. We all need to become WaterWise partners in order to protect our water resources for our grandkids. So that said this is a daily recap of our personal journey to help our environment.

Day 1:

 

Day 2:

 

Day 3:

 

Day 4:  We Advertised on Craigs List free sod-within 10 minutes we had 5 people that wanted all of it. yay!!!  98 degrees today YIKES and a broken sprinkler pipe oh well!

 

Day 5: Jeff is feeling better today as he does not have to haul off to the dump all of this                    sod and the cost would have been expensive. So far $0.00 expenses.

Day 6: Rest Day, Jeff is bushed so stay tuned for removing the sod from the parking strip, possibly on day 7-see you then.

CHEERS FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND♥♥♥♥

liz-logo-1

NEHALEM BAY STATE PARK

It had been years since we had camped at Nehalem Bay State Park. Hard to believe how we had forgotten how beautiful, serene, and vast this campground is. Sites are easy to fit into, all on pavement, including fire pits and picnic tables. Water and electric are the only amenities, very clean restrooms including showers for $2.00 a pop.
WHAT TO DO! LET US START WITH THE 2 MILES OF PAVED WALKING BIKE TRAILS. Just a beautiful walk or ride through the forested terrain, which leads you from your campsite to Nehalem Bay and back again. Follow your map for beautiful viewings of eagles, seals, deer and an abundance of seagulls.


BEACHES: Nehalem beach stretching close to 2/12 miles is beautiful and so close to our campground you can  hear the sea, very calming. No matter which way you go on highway 101, there are amazing beaches to explore. One of my favorites was in the tiny town of Ocean Side; the beach looks out upon the three arches rocks, just spectacular.


CRABBING OR FISHING, Next, go crabbing or fishing as we did. Rockfish and sea perch are abundant, use a live sand shrimp or a worm and you have dinner.IMG_5975

 

GEOCACHING, Ok are you still bored, try Geocaching, yes we found every cache inside this park including a night cache, which was one of the top, most enjoyable caches we have ever done.


SHOPPING, Lots of cute shops in the tiny towns of Manzanita or Nehalem.
WALKING AND BIKE TRAILS: are numerous, to beaches or hike to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain and do not forget to look for the famous buried treasure.
FOOD! A mecca of creative cuisine. Let us start in Manzanita, about two miles from our campground. Our kids Ian and Alicia had just visited here and highly advised us to visit Marzano’s Pizza Pie. They make every pizza to order using fresh dough and only the best ingredients, including gluten free options. Hand tossed pizzas and baked on fire-heated stones, by bakers who care about great food. We rate our pizza pie a 10, as did Ian and Alicia.


Next culinary stop was in the cute little town of Nehalem. Again, Ian and Alicia advised us to find Buttercups for the best homemade ice cream they have ever had. We set out, one mile from our camp and in the most adorable little building to sample ice cream. Not only did we sample ice cream, we each ordered chowders. Not just your ordinary chowder, this was Malaysian laska fish chowder, made fresh with organic ingredients including the freshest just from the sea cod and shrimp. The owner’s years of culinary experience proved why her chowders and ice cream were to write home about. Highly recommend, it is another 10, in our book. The owner Julie Barker  even shared the recipe for the chowder we ordered, so nice.

Explore Tillamook and follow the map of the wood quilt trail – these are just a few examples. To get your free map go to the Tillamook Visitor Center.


We have very much enjoyed this leg of our journey, join us again as we next stay in The State of Washington at Cape Disappointment.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Tillamook Cheese Factory- Tillamook, Oregon
Debbie D’s Jerky & Sausage Factory, all specially made by Debbie herself – Tillamook, Oregon
The Three Arch Inn in Oceanside Oregon- Homemade Daily cinnamon rolls and scones-YUM
Nehalem Bay Winery- Specialize in Fruit wines, my favorite, Blackberry and Peach
Buttercups – Award winning ice cream and chowders, Nehalem, Oregon
Marzano’s Pizza Pie – Manzanita, Oregon
Manzanita Grocery and Deli – Manzanita, Oregon

CHEERS FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND

liz-logo-1

Beverly Beach State Park

Beverly Beach established in 1942, nestled on the East side of Hwy 101, protected from the winds, which can get brutal. Located 6.3 miles north of Newport, Oregon and 6.5 miles south of depot bay, it is a very popular camping destination. With a few campsites and a large day, use area just steps away from the beach it’s all you could ask for in the ultimate beach experience.
Campground:
31- Sites with full amenity sites at $31.00 a night,
32- Sites with full amenities including cable $32.00
29- Sites with water and electric only $29.00
21-Sites tent only $21.00
10-Yurts-$45.00
Activities:
With lots of evening activates, miles of sandy beaches to explore, great fishing and crabbing just steps from your campsite. Nature trails surround the perimeter of the campground, which takes you into a land of enchantment and far from a busy campground. It is very popular for a reason, like magic, a well-known walkway goes under the highway and emerges to a long expanse of sandy beach.
Where We Stayed:
We have chosen Site G 11, which includes water and electric, no sewer. Our site is nestled in the a forest amongst giant Sitka spruce trees with root systems reminding you of a scene from star wars, unbelievable beauty, pure magical.


Next, on our journey is Nehalem Bay State a Park in which we are going to continue to Geocache, Crab and walk the beaches.
So stay tuned from JUST AROUND THE BEND!!!

liz-logo-1

CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT STATE PARK

Named for Captain John Meares disappointment for not finding the mouth of the Columbia River, Cape Disappointment is an 1882-acre camping park located on the long beach peninsula in the state of Washington. Step into the Lewis and Clark interpretive center for interactive exhibits. Two Lighthouses stand atop windswept cliffs where the Pacific Ocean meets the famous Columbia River. The park offers yurts, cabins and unique historic vacation homes. The park also features interpretive trails and lots of surprises along the way.

Cape Disappointment State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located southwest of Ilwaco, Washington, on the bottom end of Long Beach Peninsula, the northern headlands where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Wikipedia
 This is an incredibly beautiful place to ponder the majesty of the ocean and the peacefulness of the forest. It was cool and drizzly during the week we explored it, but that did not detract from our pleasure. The most exciting thing that happened was, we saw a pair of bald eagles swooping around near the lighthouse. Great Geocaching area and great Geocaches. Would definitely return to camp again in the future.

CHEERS TO ALL AND THANKS FOR FOLLOWING OUR ADVENTURES

NEXT IS FATHER’S DAY IN PORTLAND, OREGON

liz-logo-1

PAINTED ROCKS – LIZ’S AND more!!!

ROCKS
If you do not already paint rocks, you might not want to read any further. Painting rocks is addicting, enjoyable and medicinal.
It all started when my lovely daughter in law showed me her collection of artful rocks she had been painting, I was hooked. She leaves her painted treasures everywhere she goes, especially when she is traveling. The strategically placed rocks are for people to find, post the find on face book, move the rock to another location, or just keep for their enjoyment. I then at her suggestion joined through Facebook Bend Rocks and RV Rocks (its Free). So far I have painted about 40 rocks and only left 5 as they are so cute it’s hard to leave them,. I have to work on that.HA… As I travel, I will also be leaving my creations and hopefully you find them along your way.

Here is an example of Alicia’s (daughter in laws) artful rocks.


JUST AROUND THE BEND♥♥♥♥♥

p1000943

 

Tillicum Beach Campground

Retirement Beach Trip 2017
Yes!!!! We are finally retired, I am thinking of all of my friends at Bend Lapine School District and feel for you all, as I am sitting on Tillicum Beach watching the surf roar, drinking coffee and relaxing, yes relaxing.
Tillicum Beach Campground is located 4 miles north of Yachats right on the beach. With only 63 sites it is very small, sites are spaced well apart with beautiful foliage to achieve a nice private experience. From our camp, the beach is Litterly 1/10 of a mile and being that close you hear the waves all of the time, it is medicinal.
There are no showers or dump stations, the restrooms are extremely clean with real flushable toilets. There are only a few sites with water and electric, with 22 First come First serve sites available. The camp hosts are very friendly and helpful. The fees for dry camping are $26.00 a night, with water and electric cites $33.00, no sewer.
NOTE: Beware if you are a large RV, sites designed for tents and smaller rigs as the angle of sites and the foliage make it difficult to back into. We are in site 54 our trailer is 25 ft. long, it took some maneuvering, even though the site length is 47 ft. The closer you choose a site near the beach the less road noise and more sun. Favorites sites if you decided to stay here are site, 19 (ocean View), 48 (longer rigs), 41 (longer rigs, ocean view) 14 (power and water overlooking the ocean. Spectacular.

YACHTS BREWERY: We love to try chowders on our coastal journey. Yachts Brewery has to have the best Smoked salmon chowder we have ever had the pleasure of trying. Fresh, organic ingredients and not shy on the salmon. We also tried the in house made cucumber Kombucha and the fermented cabbage condiments. Sure, wish this brewery were located in Bend, Oregon, so excellent. Special note: Yachts Brewery was so delicious that we went back twice, oh our waistline’s, yikes.

2017 05 09_11452017 05 30_0905-1-1

Next Stop is Beverly Beach, so stay tuned and MAYBE we will see you on the road.

CHEERS FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND ♥♥♥♥

liz-logo-1

Newport Bay Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Visiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium gives you a firsthand fun and knowable experience of the ocean and aquatic life. Some of the highlights were the sea otter and seal exhibits, arriving just in time to get to enjoy the feeding and performances. Seals can get up to 6 feet tall and weigh over 300 pounds and eat 15 pounds of assorted sea food a day (WOW) , yet they  seem so effortless in the water. Like a toddler, their attention span is very short less than 10 minutes.

The aquariums were amazing, with glass tunnels making you feel like you were walking on the bottom of the ocean.


Parking
Free car and RV parking is available on site; parking spots are a brief walk from the entrance.

Entrance  Fees are  Seniors $19.95, Adults $22.95, Young Adults $19.95, Child 3 to 12 yrs old $14.95, Infants FREE.

So Until The Next Adventure FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND CHEERS ♥♥♥♥♥♥

liz-logo-1