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

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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!!!

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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

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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.

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

CHEERS FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND ♥♥♥♥

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Lake Simtustus Oregon

Hello to all of my family, friends and followers. I am very excited to show you our pictures and share our boating adventures at Lake Simtustus on Saturday. It was one of those perfect boating days, very little wind, 68 degree water and a 90 degree day. Not to mention that the fish were in a good mood and we caught fish, yes Jeff and Liz caught fish!!!. Our trick was using old worms from our grandchildrens visit (3 weeks ago)and frozen scented white corn from last summer. We caught over 12 fish and managed to release them all back into the water and the fish were all in good shape, I love that for the environment.We especially like to fish and explore this lake as we actually catch fish and the set speed from the marina to the dam is 10 miles an hour, making it perfect for trolling for fish, swimming and napping on the boat (we do this often).

FISHING INFORMATION
The lake has steelhead trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout and a
few bull trout. Since it borders on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation,
a Tribal Permit is required for fishing. The lake is stocked annually with
catchable size hatchery steelhead. Kokanee found in the
lake have escaped from Lake Billy Chinook either through the turbines or
through underground channels. The last reservoir on the lower Deschutes River, in central Oregon, before the river flows into the Columbia River. The lake is formed by Pelton
Dam and stretches approximately 8 miles from below Round Butte Dam
to Pelton Dam.

  • Lake Simtustus was named after an Indian warrior who served with the U.S. army back in the mid-1800s. The warrior died on the Warm Springs Reservation in 1926 where he lived for many years.

PELTON PARK CAMPGROUND
The park is operated by PGE, which also operates Pelton Dam. The park
features RV Sites, platform tents (Yomes) and regular tent sites.  The camping sites  are very well maintained but narrow  and not very deep, if you are longer than 25 feet its tight. There is a store and marina at the south end of the park which has camping and
fishing supplies, boat rentals, fuel, moorage slip rentals and a restaurant.
PARK OFFICE 541.475.0517
STORE/MARINA 541.475.0516
OFFICE 541.475.1085

♥  Until Our Next Adventure  we are Just Around The Bend  ♥

 

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  ♥