Peg and I begin planning our summer journey in February. Honestly, some trip plans have been easier than others and despite creating a months long plan, I always leave room for the unexpected. Our planning regimen worked well for us until Covid came calling. For two years we have made our summer trips on the fly for the most part. Dodging heavily infected parts of the country while still enjoying the people and the country.There have been lots of challenges to overcome; however, like true RV’s we persevered and overcame.
This year, well, the rising cost of diesel thru a monkey wrench into our planning. Peg and I decided we would find a place and stay for the entire season, thus saving a ton of diesel. Planning began by evaluating places we had stayed previously that made good candidates for a season. Not one of the first lot could accommodate us for a full season. As I extended my search further, the distances began to defeat the concept of saving on diesel. Finally, I found Driftwood RV Park in Brookings, Oregon.
We have been to the Oregon Coast before, staying at Bandon by the Sea but had not been as far south as Brookings. Based on RV Campground Reviews we figured it was worth a try. It has turned out to be a great place. We are a couple of hundred yards from the beach, less to a top notch restaurant, and close by to all the Port of Brookings/Harbor facilities. The people have been wonderful. The weather has been a little dodgy but we expected that. It rained 12 of the first 14 days we were here and is definitely cooler than Apache Junction. Brookings is reputed to have the highest density per population of marijuana stores in Oregon. (we have found 6 so far). Peg and I are looking forward to enjoying the rest of the summer.
Our trip to Brookings included a stop in Palm Springs at the 29 Casino for a night then Half Moon Bay RV Park for a week. This is where Laura and Granddaughter Nikki are. An excellent visit that included a big trail trip through Half Moon Bay on the Pacific Ocean, several Guinness’s where Nikki works, a visit to the SF Fine Arts Center and the Presidio and a wild and crazy trip down Highway 1 through the Big Sur area. It was a great time and we are so thankful to Laura and Nikki for being wonderful hosts. Out of Half Moon we spent a couple of nights at the Pismo Beach KOA where the weather was rainy and cold, a harbinger of what was to come.
Our trip planning resulted in a different adventure than we would have had 3 years ago; however, the result has been nice. Linked below are pictures from the trip here plus from the area covering late April, May and early June. The Pacific Coast is gorgeous and the pictures begin with San Francisco Fine Arts and Presidio, images from the trail through Half Moon Bay and along the coast south to Big Sur. There are a few photos of the Pismo Beach KOA and then Brookings Harbor, Harris Beach State Park, Chetco Point, various vista points and oddities. At the end are a couple of images of my new spider friend and a view of the Elk at Elk Valley Casino.
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