Since beginning our travels again, we're increasingly finding some great outdoor venues opening where physical distancing is not a problem, Portland's Japanese Garden is no different. The garden landscape is all about colors and shapes and textures, beautifully choreographed.
They've arranged your tour to flow in one direction so everyone can keep the proper distances.
Check it out when you're in Portland.
A few miles off I-5 in Woodland, Washington and about 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon, Columbia Riverfront RV Park is a nicely kept park on the Columbia River. We spent a night there on our way from Northern Washington to Portland.
Images from a couple of our recent travel days in Oregon. From Florence to Lincoln City, Oregon and some from our stop in Astoria, Oregon.
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park is our first Oregon State Park.
Because of COVID-19, camping in Honeyman is currently by reservation only. Services are limited and the bathhouses are not available for showers. The campground is convenient to Florence, Oregon. We rode our bikes into town on several occasions.
Great campground. We'll be back.
We've been traveling again (after quarantine in Sisters, Oregon) for over two weeks. We've stayed at six different campgrounds, all of them commercial campgrounds. While Oregon is slowly opening up, most Oregon State Park Campgrounds are closed or offering limited services.
Case in point, we were scheduled to camp just north of Crater Lake at Diamond Lake Campground (National Park Campground) on the 8th of June. We made a reservation for 4 days. About a week after getting confirmation, the National Park Service notified us we'd been cancelled due to continuing concerns by Oregon of COVID-19. After receiving notice of cancellation, we decided to make our way back towards the coast, stopping over again in Eugene, Oregon for three days.
Deerwood RV Park is located just off the Williamette Highway and Interstate 5 southeast of Eugene.
It's is a nicely kept park in a good location to explore Eugene. They provide nice and spacious private showers and have a nice laundry room.
Melanie and I rode our bikes from Deerwood over to Island Park about 6 miles away and picked up the greenway that runs along the Williamette River. We rode to Owen Rose Garden and then on into downtown Eugene where we picked up groceries and got a beer at a downtown bar on the way back to Deerwood.
We'd stay here again.
Crater Lake National Park was an easy drive from our spot at Rocky Point Resort in Klamath, Oregon. While the park is currently open, none of the facilities are and the East Rim Drive is currently closed. We arrived at about 9:30 a.m. and found very few people around. We basically had the West Rim Drive to ourselves. Looking at the park map, there's plenty for us to explore next time around.
Melanie and I left our great quarantine spot in Sisters, Oregon less than a week ago. We were in Eugene, Oregon for a few days then, on the advice of John and Susan, who I met at Windy Gap along the Mckenzie Scenic Highway while in Sisters, we made reservations in Bandon at Bandon Wayside, a spot recommended most recently with 5 stars on the Campendium website.
The RV park is small, they refer to it as "Micro," with 8 full-hook up sites located behind the motel. A privacy fence surrounds the property and for those of you who enjoy a hippie cocktail:
Guests are invited to walk around and relax around the property. Enjoy a self-made happy hour at one of our sunny picnic tables. For folks who enjoy cannabis have a seat in our open air Cannabis Cabin or if you are a tobacco smoker we have a open air covered seating area for you too. Please note that smoking and vaping are only permitted in designated areas. All rooms and the RV park are smoke and vape free.
RV guests have the use of two well-appointed bathrooms, both with a washer and dryer. They've thought of everything you may need, individual face cloths, facial tissues, Myers hand soap, individual bath mats, etc. In the time of pandemic I should add, they are very well-kept and cleaned regularly with sanitizer available for wiping surfaces.
The park is located within walking distance of a food market and we easily biked into old town Bandon and down the coast to Bandon South Jetty Park and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge among other places.
David and Nicole are great hosts and made sure we had everything we needed for a great stay.
Nicole suggested a local favorite restaurant, Alloro Wine Bar & Restaurant, for take-out dinner since they are not yet open for dine-in service. They're offering 30% off in May and they deliver. We await dinner as I type.
Check Wayside out when in Bandon. We'll be back.
After spending more than a week in Nevada, we drove from Winnemucca, Nevada to Burns, Oregon on our way to Sisters, Oregon. These photos are another set in a series of point and shoot (set the camera, point, focus, shoot) images. Spectacular high desert driving.
Day hike to Point Lobos Natural Reserve near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
A favorite among rail-trail enthusiasts, the Ojai Valley Trail extends about 9.5 miles north of Ventura from Foster Park to the heart of Ojai. Combining this trail with the Ventura River Trail, which extends southward from Foster Park, makes for a memorable, lengthy rail-trail experience.
The smallest city in Ventura County, Ojai is located in the scenic Ojai Valley, surrounded by the peaks of Los Padres National Forest. The city has long been known as a haven for artists, musicians and outdoor enthusiasts. The Chumash Indians were the first known residents of Ojai, and the town's name derives from their word for moon, "A'hwai."--TrailLink