Monday, January 10, 2011

Oregon Coast, Trees and Clam Chowder

It's hard to believe, but it's sunny and bright on the Oregon coast in January.  Even the locals are amazed.  I stopped at a small bakery for a loaf of sourdough bread.  That, plus a hunk of cheese was lunch as I watched the breakers at the beach.

My last night before reaching home was dry-camping at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City. The casino has a large upper parking lot where several of us RV's stayed overnight at no charge.  Nearby are all the resources: shopping, supermarket, and of course, McDonald's.  Overnight a bit of rain fell but nothing serious.  I had a big bowl of Mo's clam chowder at a nearby restaurant.

I left early in the morning for home but first a stop at the Tillimook Cheese factory on the way to Astoria.  At the northwest tip of the state, I turned right and followed the road on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.  This is by far, the preferred route as compared to the Washington side. My immediate goal was to connect to I-5.  The trip through the coastal range was easy with clear roads and only a short hail storm. 

In Chehalis, I stopped to make my favorite hot meal on this trip: instant grits, 2 eggs, bacon, milk and cheese all scrambled together.  I was nearly done when the propane powered element went out and would not restart.  I had run out of propane.  What great timing.  The prior owner of VANessa not only sold it with a full tank of gas but propane too!

I arrived home Sunday at 5pm and turned on all the lights, cranked up the furnace, and gave my house a big hug.  My next blog will be a summary with tips.  Then start planning my next trip.  First, I need to wash a lot of clothes.


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