Saturday, July 4, 2015

From Timber Valley To Washington

We arrived at the Timber Valley RV Park in Sutherlin, OR on March 29th, 2005. We planned to spend a week in the park before moving along further north. We always enjoy the park because of the abundance of deer, jackrabbits, turkeys and colorful birds. The park has strict water policies and will not let you wash your RV unless you are a permanent resident. Evidently water cost from the city is exorbitant. Most of the residents of the park own their own sites and live there year around. We have not had much luck talking to them, as they do not particularly like temporary RVers in the park. It never made sense to me, so I just said hello to everyone like I normally do and often get ignored. It is okay, we still like the park.

An historic covered bridge near Sutherlin, OR

Colliding Rivers as viewed from Idleyld Park in Glide, OR -- just south of Sutherlin. The Little River merges with the North Umpqua.

Another covered bridge in Sutherlin. This one is still in use.

Small deer crossing the street inside Timber Valley RV Park.

Matchstick Plants in Sutherlin
The first week of April was still pretty cool and we had some rain almost every day. We got to enjoy the lilacs, tulips, daffodils and red-bud trees in and around the park. After a week, mostly inside due to the weather, we were ready to move along.

On Tuesday morning, April 5th we started north on I-5 for the 200 mile trip to Tillamook, OR. We passed through Springfield, Eugene and Albany before we got to Salem. We turned west on California 22 moving closer to the coast. CA 22 intersected with US 101 just south of Beaver, OR. We got to Tillamook about 2 pm and checked into the Big Spruce RV Park. Big Spruce is a Passport America park and we stayed there for $11 per night good rates – hot diggity.

We found it to be even cooler in Tillamook, which was okay with us. The trees were green and the flowers were in bloom and we enjoyed our drive through the mountains, appreciating the scenery. Part of the drive we even had streams trailing alongside the highway – what fun. The Big Spruce RV Park is right next to a beach on the Pacific Ocean. The RV park was about 5 miles west of town and somewhat rustic, but it fit our needs.

It rained the next few days, mostly in the mornings and evenings. We were able to get a good bit of sightseeing done anyway. Something that always strikes me funny in Oregon is that they will not let drivers pump their own gas. It is a state law. They say it is about safety, but my suspicion is that it is a jobs program. You always have to wait for an attendant to pump gas and diesel for you.

We did not find a lot to do in Tillamook, once we toured the Tillamook ice cream and cheese factory. We found no restaurants that Kathi wanted to try, so on Saturday we drove into Portland. It was about 80 miles and took us about an hour and a half. We found a place to play Video Lottery, which is similar to video poker. Kathi ended up about $30 ahead, so she bought lunch. The drives to and from Portland were nice with a lot of green wooded areas along the route.

The rain slowed considerably on Sunday, and we took advantage and drove our motorhome to the Elma RV Park in Elma, WA. The few sprinkles along the way were not an inconvenience, but the road film and dirt covered our motorhome. We needed a wash, but decided to wait for better weather. The RV park was small, but adequate for us. As we were driving around town, we found the Lone Eagle Casino which had an RV park attached. If we would have known we could have gotten a better rate and been close to those dreaded slot machines. Maybe next time.

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