Ford F250 Power Stroke - Oregon Trailer
Crystal-blue ocean, pine tree-dotted offshore islands, timber-strewn beaches, waterfalls that flow into the ocean, moss-covered trunks and boulders, fern-strewn knolls, lighthouses, picturesque communities, great seafood, and unlimited adventure-that's the Oregon coast. Many residents of California may expound upon the virtues of their premier coastline, Big Sur, but after one visit to the Oregon coast, you'll find this ocean-lapped area hard to beat.
Recently, we took a week-long trip to the coast of Oregon with the intention of sightseeing, hiking, sampling some of the great seafood, and generally reveling in what this great area has to offer. We set out in our 29' Komfort fifth-wheel trailer and F-250 Power Stroke, and our plans called for spending half of our time in Southern Oregon and the other half in the upper part of the state.
From Brookings, the Oregon coast's southernmost town, to Astoria, on the northernmost realm, the entire Oregon coast is a natural wonder. Beaches range from pristine white-sanded stretches, to rocky log-strewn rugged expanses. Slightly inland you'll find waterfalls, thick green mossy forests, miles of farms and cattle, winding magnificent rivers, wineries, clear lakes and streams, and wildlife in abundance.
During the first few days of our journey, we stayed at Turtle Rock RV Resort in Gold Beach. This scenic park is bordered by a pine tree-studded mountain, a river, and the ocean. Turtle Rock has 109 sites, 100 of which have full hookups. Since the average site width is 35 feet, we had plenty of privacy and didn't feel squeezed into our space. We also had the luxury of cable TV, a laundry facility, the use of the internet, and other amenities.
During our time in the Gold Beach area, we drove up the Rogue River, hiked in old growth forests, and visited the small and unique town of Agness, situated approximately 35 miles up the Rogue River, nestled on its banks.
Our second stop took us to northern Oregon, and traveling the length of Oregon's coast, our Ford F-250 Power Stroke/Komfort trailer combo passed some of the best sights along the West Coast. There are the aforementioned beaches, miles of forest, the vast stretches of Oregon's dunes, and much more. We made a lunch stop at one of our favorite eating places, the Lighthouse restaurant in South Beach (just south of Newport), which serves up the best Halibut fish and chips we've ever had.
In northern Oregon, we stayed at the Wilson River RV Park, just east from Tillamook, and cradled along the banks of the Wilson River. This park has 69 sites, with 60 of them having full hookups. We again had the benefit of cable TV hookups, and the view out of our back window was indeed beautiful-a flowing river, towering mountain full of tall pines, and billowy white clouds against a dazzling blue sky. Come here during the fall Salmon run and you're in for a real treat, a chance to catch as big as a 40-pound Salmon right from the banks!
While in northern Oregon, we hiked to fantastic waterfalls, saw the largest Sitka Spruce tree in the world, visited the Tillamook cheese company, and spent time at numerous state parks, which are some of the finest in the nation.
And while in Oregon, don't forget the great seafood. Sure, there's great restaurants, but we opted to buy our seafood super-fresh and cook it up in the fifth-wheel. Salmon, Sole, Lingcod, fresh oysters and clams, we sampled them all, and you can't beat the Oregon-based seafood for its freshness and flavor. We particularly enjoyed an Oregon favorite, Razor Clams, and you won't find a more sweet or delicious clam around.
The Oregon coast has so much to offer it's impossible to see even a good sampling in a week, so we're sure to be back, hopefully for a longer adventure!