Saturday, August 7, 2010

State Parks near Port Orford, OR

Hello All! Thought I had better update our website as it has been almost a month since my last post. We have been on the Oregon Coast near Port Orford since July 5th. We spent our first two weeks (7/5-7/19) at Cape Blanco State Park. The weather there was cool, windy and very foggy. The next two weeks (7/19-8/2) we camped at Humbug Mountain State Park. It is amazing how much warmer it was compared to the Cape. During our stay at Humbug we had blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s. We plan to spend another two weeks here in the Port Orford area then may head up to Washington.

The docks at Port Orford. We have been watching a whale here for the last several evenings.

We have taken several day trips to towns up and down the coast. This photo was taken near Bandon, 25 miles north of Port O.

The waves near Gold Beach, 22 miles to the south.

The wreck of the Mary D. Hume which was built in Gold Beach in 1881. Originally used as a freighter, she was sold in 1889 to begin her 10 year career as a whaler in the Bering Sea. She then served as a tug boat until her retirement in 1978. The ship was in the process of being renovated when she was damaged beyond repair by a storm in the 1980s.

I had to get a picture of Shelby next to this sign. The city of Gold Beach has a sense of humor! What a hoot!!

The Oregon Coast Camping Experience...

The following are a couple of examples of the varied camping rigs we have seen while on the coast.

Handcrafted and decorated, this “Gypsy Wagon” caught Donnie’s eye.

A 1937 Pierce Arrow camping trailer.

A custom made motorcycle camping trailer.

One of our more unusual fellow campers! If it is cold enough to wear a sweater it may be too cold to wear a skirt (or should we call it a kilt??). Either way, camping in Oregon is always interesting!!

There’s no photo to accompany this story, but I have to share it with ya’ll... Donnie was out one morning walking Shelby near the biker/hiker camp sites at Humbug Mt. State Park. He saw a bicycle camper crawling out of his tent with a life size inflatable doll. Seems he was letting the air out of his female companion! Stranger than fiction!!